I used to do my paintings one at a time from start to finish, from idea to completion then move on to the next. I think, in part, that was because I would occasionally develop an idea and then abandon it for some reason and never go back to it. But in the last couple years there's been a shift in my modus operandi. Rather than work in a linear fashion, I sometimes work in batches. If I'm in 'idea' mood (or mode) I'll work on developing a few at a time. This way, when I'm in a painting mood I'll have some things ready to go. I've also learned to be okay with spending time on an idea and it not becoming a finished painting, or at least, not right away.
Here is a batch of ideas that I've recently been working on, my Christmas painting, "The Winter Spirit" was also in this batch. Which one will be next? Will all of them become finished works? I don't even know the answer. Stay tuned!