I recently booked time in the countryside so I could concentrate on game design - away from home and free from internet distraction. But the generator there broke down and limited laptop time. Of course this freed up some time with the home owner. A resourceful person who built his own wind turbine and is wrangling with a whole lot of mad science,electronics, mechanical and socially/environmentally aware designs.
Later I freehanded a critter in Blender for the first time - perhaps indirect inspiration can fuel you too.