Some of my pieces are fantasies while others, like this, are derived from my own experiences. The latter applies to my latest pastel, 'Hustler'. There were only two of us playing strip pool and I was not winning. I don't think I was being hustled, I'm just really bad!
I hadn't been working on this piece very long before I knew it was likely to end up looking very different from what I initially imagined. Often a piece will evolve and change as I work on it, but with four characters 'playing out a scene' and a setting that's rather dark but has numerous sources of various colored lights in play I don't know where it will end up. I also haven't yet decided if the the 'losers' should be completely naked or not.
I've never really had a terrible bout of artist's block. Though from time to time I do have dry spells. I've learned that it's not due to a lack of ideas, but rather it's a lack of a strong desire to make it come alive. So when I do have a dry spell I try not to fret. It often helps to go out and see new things, have new experiences, and thus was the case with my 'strip pool' idea. :-)