Everybody needs a little bit of "weird" once in awhile. It's good to throw some into the mix to keep us on the edge. In the words of my literary hero Hunter S. Thompson - "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro".
I've recently joined an online fantasy equine club. It's a small group of model horse people who love to create and collect weirdness. I need this group. After doing what seems like a billion real horse colors and meticulously concentrating solely on realism.... it was getting too easy to slip into a non-imaginitive slump. Realistic colors were starting to get too boring and blend into one big clumpy blob. A change was needed.
In between doing realistic paintjobs on models, I've started slipping a fantasy model into the mix here and there. It keeps the creative juices flowing and is perfect for letting the imagination run hog wild.