Patience! Someone once said that patience is a state of torment disguised as a virtue. Surely every artist knows this is all too true.
As I struggle through a paintings that I am unhappy with, looking for that new direction, I am trying to remind myself that these periods always come before a breakthrough. All to often people give up at the moment before success is achieved. With time (age) this becomes clear enough. So persist with patience and enjoy the moment.
Remember those artists who have struggled against resistance and come out all the stronger for it. How dull life would be if it was too easy. Create your art and I will do my work too. We can share the moment later when all is done, but until then paint on!