I received an envelope yesterday which I have only just seen and had time to open. Inside is a proof of the cover of my book. The inside covers and back also. The image on the back is actually from a painting I enjoyed from Turkey and it is full of glowing light. Inside is also a photograph of me which is worthy of another entry on my blog. Another story to be told.
Watching this book come to life from a blank skeleton of white paper to each individual new section being sent to me in print from my publisher for final editing has been such a wonderful journey. I worked on each new chapter, included paintings and forwarded them regularly to meet deadlines. To ensure that I could see how each looked in print the skeletons would be sent back to me for my approval with my publishers advise. There have been very few changes from the very beginning of this project as my book really did seem to just flow magically word for word, painting by painting as if it was meant to be.
Before I started writing I didn't understand the mechanics of pulling a final product together. Seeing each stage come to fruition and be completed has been very exciting. It reads like music starting with a quiet orchestral introduction gradually building up in tempo as the sections on colour and technique lead the reader to the final dramatic demonstrations.
I am finding my own emotions building up in excitement too as the day when it can be held in hands and read draws nearer. I am looking at my cover right now and imagining what it will be like to hear what you think about my book, about how friends,family and artists who have been waiting for its arrival feel.
The day is getting nearer when that can happen so I will hold on to the luxury of it being just in my hands for a little while longer like a Christmas gift knowing who I give it to may enjoy it and hopefully be inspired.
What a wonderful week I am having!