I love starting a new painting. There is only optimism and endless possibilities. Then reality sets in and doubt returns over and over again like a bad case of bed bugs. I finally began my painting from sculpture of the model of Cherry. She will be the sister of Lazarus / De Kooning's Stopping By Later whatever I'm calling it these days. I really like the idea of these religious paintings. Although I'm not a religious manchild, there is some beauty in worship and religious stories. But what about other religions? Perhaps Christianity has relatives that Christians are too afraid to accept. And if that's the case, then Cherry's alter ego might be pagan.