The painting on the top is the 200th painting! The painting on the bottom is one of the first ones I did for the blog. The return for effort has been enormous and thrilling - I can't think of any other single effort I have ever made that has yielded so much (possibly childbirth, but even that's iffy) OR any other experience that has given such clear insight about how to proceed. You just have to work hard and regularly and you will keep getting better. How upbeat is that?