The next theme amongst the portraits I noticed was my reaction to each medium/material. The more I used bright colors, the happier I became and more encouraged I was to continue creating. When I tried to make a serious, realistic piece I just got frustrated and ended up making angry portraits with my frustration at not having the perfection I desire.
Slowly getting out of anger:
Then just fun things:
This helped me out a lot! No I didn't produce the absolute best work, but I created work that led me back on the path I was on before the artist block.