Last year I had 3 big shows within 6 months, which is against my policy to have 6 months BETWEEN shows. It was hard. It was great. And I couldn't possibly say "no" to 3 really important opportunities. Needless to say, my house was feeling the neglect. And we ate a lot of take out and pizza. So, I hired 2 great ladies to deep clean my house a few times a month so that I could focus on painting and not feel the pressure of falling behind on the house...It was the best gift I have ever given myself. The coincidental part is, that one of the ladies, Elisa, has a well known artist mother who has recently retired (in her 80's). Elisa really likes my work and bought 2 paintings after just a few months of cleaning. These are commissions for her (trading now) because she collects perfume bottles. It was really fun to do and I think I would love to do more of these. And thank you Elisa for my very clean house. I will trade paintings for you ANYTIME!