My husband Dan has been of immeasurable assistance to me every step of the way. He helps me to keep my priorities straight, guiding me gently and lovingly to see the Lord's will in my life. I can't tell you how many times he has taken a question into consideration, prayed and then come back to me with wonderful Scriptural support. We discussed at length publishing this book free of any charge, giving it away to all, something many people would have viewed as merely an opportunity for income. Dan saw the bigger spiritual picture first and urged me to live what I believe. Thank you, my love.
I also want to mention the ways my son, Chris, has been of service. He's one of my finest critics and most supportive fans. He's honestly looked at my work, asked some good questions, occasionally attended classes I taught, and has always reminded me that I'm an artist, in addition to being a child of God, wife, mom and daughter. Thank you, kiddo. Sometimes I need to remember that.
Each week as I've posted these chapters I've also relied on the expertise of Phil van Hulle. We met online at WetCanvas, where he volunteered his considerable experience and expertise in editing the chapters. Anyone who writes knows the value of excellent editing. At first I reviewed all the changes one by one, but in a very short time I recognized that each change clarified what I was saying and was very respectful of the content. Soon I simply clicked on the 'accept all changes' button quite confidently. Phil, thank you so much.
And I want to thank all of the readers up to now and yet to come. I've received so many wonderful messages from people telling me they are learning and trying new things. I'm delighted to know how these chapters help the beginner get started or the more experienced artist move forward. I've even heard form a couple of seasoned pros that they're enjoying the exploration of some subjects.Your encouragement means a lot to me. Thank you to each and every one of you.
I've said it for years to my students. Now let me say it to all of you:
It's looking good. Keep going!
October 15, 2010