After two months of painter's block over the holidays, I took the week between Christmas and New Year's as a time to experiment - expecting nothing and ready for anything. And I had immediate success with scraping paint and using a palette knife.
Now, I'm trying to use those techniques to produce work purposefully. Work that will continue the kind of representational paintings I have done in the past, and which I do love, while adding a freshness of application.
Wow is this hard! The intent gets in the way of the process, and I'm struggling again.