A New Beginning?
January 2010. Last Meeting With The Publishers!
It is very hard finding the words to describe how I feel this morning. I am preparing for a trip to meet with my publishers. This will be the final meeting before my book goes to print and then becomes available later this year. All the writing, all the paintings,everything is in place and now is the last chance to make any changes.
I have read the text over and over. I have considered each painting and what it is trying to convey to the reader.
I am ready.
It has been such an incredible journey from simply dreaming about writing and actually making the jump from artist to author. I have been blessed with a fantastic publisher who has given me so much encouragement while the project has been on going. Their professional experience has made this even more of a terrific experience. One I will never forget.
Over the years many students and artist colleagues have begged me to write and share my passion for watercolour and spontaneous technique. More recently my workshops and demonstrations have led to even more requests for a book from artists all over the world.
And here I sit typing about a meeting which holds the key to any changes to be discussed before my work becomes public.Out of my hands and into yours.
The feeling is really hard to describe. Excitement doesn't cover it, emotional comes close and surprisingly there are nerves too. Very unexpectedly. So many people have high expectations of me and I am begiinning to worry I may be letting everyone down if this isn't how they imagined it to be!
" Please share how you paint faces.....please make sure there is a flower painting in it, please make sure you have landscapes covered.......please have animals..........."
With so many requests and only so many pages how was I to keep everyone happy? But I have tried. I have covered as much as I can in a way I hope will be easy to digest and follow in a way to encourage readers to see as I do enjoying the joyous freedom in my brushstrokes.
It is time to turn off my computer and pack.
I hesitate as a thought occurs to me.
Holding my first proof in my hands this morning I know the next time I see my book it will be the real thing. The copy that you will see on sale.
I have to let go of what has become so precious to me over the last year and share it with the world.
What a feeling. For some reason I feel very small knowing how many wonderful artists are already published and "out there". Maybe that is the most down to earth feeling to consider but I feel as though I am leaping into a future that is a foreign country to me....a new adventure where I will meet many new friends along the way.
Artist to author? It is time to make the leap...............
Wish me luck!