I have made a couple of improvements to the studio to make it more comfortable-- a heater and new music--both help to keep me down there doing something--even cleaning is good!
I am now spending more studio time as I need to finish the work in progress before the prospective buyer loses interest. ( And, I can always use the money.) I am still rearranging somewhat as I often do not know what works best until I have spent the time working and can see what doesn't work. I am "retraining" myself to not keep every little thing that I might use in the future. I am becoming more minimalist, if you will. Clutter is no longer my friend, although you would still not know this by looking at my studio.
I have found that the longer one doesn't paint, the harder it is to re-start. I know this of course, but forget in the midst of doing something else. What if I ruin the painting I have put so much time into? What if I cannot come up with any ideas for paintings? What if I can't make my paintings work? I am sure I am not the first, nor the last to deal with this.
One solution is not to stop painting, if possible. Another is to dig up a bunch of "ruined" paintings, or sketch paper and just see what you can come up with-- it is not meant to be a painting-so no worries if it is no good. This is known as PRACTICE!!! Practice is something I normally don't do with intention, but sometimes you need to give yourself permission to "just fool around" with paint and paper. I have done this off and on for the last 3-4 days and spend some time on "the" painting inbetween. Even learning about what your colors do when mixed is fun and a learning experience.
For instance --oranges and blues can make some beautiful greys for shadows. So can greens and reds, and yellows and purples. I forget when I am actually painting how beautiful these colors can be, so I am planning to keep a couple of examples in front of me as I work--just as a reminder..
I am headed to the studio now, to practice what I preach!