I always prefer to work on several portraits at once as moving between them allows for drying time in order to keep the colours vibrant. At the same time, this process allows for a bit of 'breathing' room so that I can contemplate my next steps and make adjustments as I go along. I find that there are definite ebbs and flows in the process...at times I feel I have a likeness and then, a single brush stroke can alter that, so giving myself space to work on another portrait helps me to focus on the shapes and tones rather than the face. I find that helps me to re-evaluate the work as it progresses and keeps me from feeling as though the work is too precious and intimidating myself so badly that I'm afraid to keep moving forward. I find painting to be a real play between attention to detail and creative freedom. Plus, working in this way makes me feel as though I'm actually accomplishing something and happy to be surrounded by the faces of women I admire.