Making Distinctive Work
First of all I found Jane's description of the manifestation of ideas very interesting. It really hit home. A good idea is nothing without heart/ passion. And then committing to it by speaking about it. I also could relate to the over talking about an idea and ruining it. This has happened to me too. Good words.
Next, I did a bit of mining for content. Well, I actually have a main theme that I have been working to for about 4 years. It has to do with people, the portrait and emotion. But lately I have hit a point where I feel it's not working anymore and I need to restart. So I made lists. What do I care about, etc. Surprisingly, I found that I am still very interested in my theme of people/portrait/emotion. From this starting point, I again did some mind mapping and came up with enough ideas for maybe 4 more series. I am happy about that. I've usually been able to come up with an idea by writing about it.
I think my big problem, especially lately, has been the doing. I believe I could find a way to work out these ideas if I had more time. As you said, Jane, and I've heard this over and over, you have to make many to have one special piece. By doing many pieces, I hope I will figure out how to portray my portraits! So I will have to engage my rebel to find some more time to get me on my way. In the meantime when I have only one hour, I will do my daily portrait practice. If there is no time for anything else, then at least that.