I recently made acquaintance with a portrait painter's husband. She has paintings on display at his office, and at the Brazos Center. I found out she is member of a group that meets in downtown Bryan for figure studies. I am excited to find out more of the group, and start my portrait painting career.... eh? I'll keep us posted.
This might just be the crux of the biscuit for me. It may help with my confidence factor about portraits... a constant that has been low for a long time.
I think my problem is in trying too hard to put too much into portraits. We shall see.