Back to the water lily pond at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA. I have a collector who loves my water lily/lotus paintings and asked me to paint several for his family. It's always nice to be wanted, so I said yes! His original request was to paint additional versions (i.e. copies) of "By the Lily Pond". I did it once, and decided twice was enough. How can I copy myself on and on, really! I had a friend who sold a painting at a gallery but ended up doing two more copies of the painting because it was so popular. I regret that I teased her at that time, because I was now doing exactly the same thing.
Instead, I decided to do a series of new paintings of these majestic flowers; I never get tired of them. I have faith that either my collector or some other persons will like them enough to buy my creations. Art is my job, but I want to enjoy the art-making process as long as I live. It shouldn't become a drudgery, something I have to do pay the bills and send my child to college, and so on.
By the way, I am going to take a break from blogging for a short while. I have been working non-stop since last July when I launched my website. Time to have some fun with my family. See you in a couple of weeks!