I've done a lot of thinking over the past week about how I am approaching the production of my portraits. I was just finishing a day as I go: paint the background, draw the portrait, paint the portrait, finish the edges and mount it on wood. I think I am going to change that process. My year is up, and I think it will be easier if I go through the steps one by one. Paint the backgrounds for all my remaining days. Draw the portraits for my remaining days. Paint the portraits for the rest of year. I am anticipating that this will speed up general production. Then, every 40 portraits, I will finish the edges and mount them.
I am hesitant to employ this process though because I don't want this project to become labor. If I give myself the impression that what I am doing is work, then I will become bored and burnt out on the project and really struggle to finish it altogether.
That being said, I go through phases where I am really excited about my portraits and then I am totally frustrated, bored, etc with them. I am totally frustrated, bored, etc with them right now. I feel like I have no time to work with all of my other obligations and even though I work on it steadily, I don't feel like I am getting anywhere. I took all last week off just to think and rejuvenate, and I'm planning on getting back into a groove this week if I can. There are several shows coming up very soon that I want to submit to, so I need to get ready for those.
I am also preparing a presentation for the NCAEA conference next week about textiles in art education, which is taking up more time than I would like it too. September is always a busy month and I am ready for it to be over.