I finished the no-good scene that was giving me trouble, and I was off and running last night with about 600 words of some pretty good description and dialog. My sculptor seems to be having a personality crisis, however, as half the time he's written as a crotchety old man, and the other he's much younger. I think I want him to be younger, else I risk running into a trope I don't plan on using.
'Sides, a young gay couple ... I could run with that. And it would make the sculptor the one person who really doesn't want anything from Maatrya - which is exactly what I need him to be.