Late last year I realized that I was suffering from artist's block ~ not a lack of ideas but an inability to (a) realize my ideas and (b) create some consistency. Since then I've had some successes in the (a) department but continue to be tripped up by (b).
Today was the third day in a row in which I painted for long hours and then rubbed it all off at day's end. So much for (a)! (I did, however, take some detail photos, plus a full-image one, before I went medieval on their asses.) I am beyond frustrated, to put it mildly. There was a time, not so long ago, when I was so confident in my imagery/ execution that I could draw or paint with no planning and few (self-perceived) failures. I am desperate to get back there again.
I have decided that I need to go back to basics in order to regain my confidence. I'm totally convinced now that paintings can smell your desperation as easily as a commitment-phobic guy in a bad rom-com. I need to face the canvas again only after I regain my art-alpha status. So I'm putting down the brushes and will spend time with my sketchbook, playing with ideas. And if I hit on something that I can see translated into paint I will not cave and take out my brushes. I will do MORE LIKE IT. Only when I feel really ready will I return to the easel. Have I convinced you? Will you convince me?