labor of love
something done for personal pleasure and not for money
The man's painting is a labor of love and he does not expect to make any money from it.
Greatest Leaders in World
There hasnt been a stronger leader in China since the reformer Deng Xiaoping or maybe the revolutionary Mao Zedong. Xi shares traits with both. He has consolidated power; fired, fined, or jailed a quarter of a million cadres in his massive corruption purge; and cracked down on dissidents. Hes also behind Chinas robust nationalistic message directed at world powers. At the same time he has preached meaningful reforms including, importantly, strengthening the rule of law. Much now depends on his ability to advance those reforms while managing the economys inevitably slowing growth and its transition from being investment based to consumption based. Thats a monumental job, of course. A stumble could spark insurrection and disaster, but so far Xi is holding things together. Veteran China watchers in the West consider him a true leader, albeit one whose record remains incomplete. Thats why many are calling this the most interesting time in China in decades.