It's easy to feel immobilized, something anything can stop me in my tracks. A new focus often resolves the problem, realizing there are always options.
In regards to painting, stepping away, and returning fresh may reveal what was not previously obvious.
Try other things, If you normally use thin paint and a small brush, squeeze out the whole tube and use a big brush. If you use reference material, try putting the reference down and use your imagination. If you work sitting down, stand up and use your whole body. Cut something up, add a collage element. Copy something you love, even your own.
There are many things one can do to get out of a rut, the best is something.
This group of four canvases were made during the second part of a recent workshop with Eric Dever at Madoo Conservancy. Working in the home of painter Robert Dash, Eric Dever suggested different ways of looking, steps that can assist the artist in moving forward.