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on: July 01, 2017, 02:36:45 AM
Hi Everybody

Today we have an important announcement to make.

After 30 years of teaching and at nearly 84 years of age Dennis has decided it is time to slow down a little and hang up his teaching apron.

Nolan can obviously not create all the tutorials for the site himself, so after a long discussion and some serious thought, we have decided to stop creating new painting / drawing projects for the site altogether.

How will this affect you?

Not much really. The only difference is that there will be no new classes added to the site.

In other words we are not going away and will still be here to guide and support you every day with the existing classes.

So what will Dennis and Nolan be doing from now on?

Dennis will still be chatting and helping away on the site every day. In between that he will keep himself busy painting and writing short stories.

Nolan will also be on the site regularly answering questions and giving feedback. He will then also be doing all the things he doesn't currently have time to do effectively, like improving the features on the site and making your learning experience here even better.

You can look forward to some exciting improvements to the site in the months ahead.

We would like to thank you for your support up to this point and going forward.

We look forward to continuing to support you on your artistic journey.

Dennis & Nolan


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Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 04:15:29 AM
Dear Dennis and Nolan,

Though I am sad that there will not be new classes, I am delighted that you are choosing to enjoy your personal time painting and writing, Dennis. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge you share with us.

Nolan, I have learned so very much from you. I am grateful for each  lesson I have taken with you and Dennis. I will continue to enjoy PB lessons that are available.  I'm glad that Paintbasket and the forum will continue.

Many blessings to you both.  :flowers:
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Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 05:16:19 AM
Hi Dennis and Nolan, I must admit when I saw the announcement I was really worried you were disappearing completely. It is great that you will still be around for support. Even though I am full time working again now and never seem to have the energy or time to paint I try to follow as I can. I am hoping I will be back at it if not before then in a couple of years when I really hope I am no longer full time working.

Love to all the Paint Basket family, I do miss you all and think of you often  :smitten: :hug:

Aroha! Lisa :-)


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Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 06:41:15 AM
Well Dennis you deserve a well earned  rest.  :flowers:

Nolan glad to hear you will be around for help if needed.

Thank  you to Dennis and Nolan for all your encouragement and lessons  :hug:.

Even though you will not be adding any new ones there are more than enough already on the site to keep me going for a lifetime.


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Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 09:36:13 AM
I just read the message.  I am very happy the site will remain.  I haven't been very active with my painting, but always hopped on to see what was new.  There are years worth of classes for me to get through so I am eternally grateful for that.  When I first became a member I had seen Nolans oil painting class with some purple mountains and a little boat.  That was my first painting and the lesson was so easy to follow that my painting was a success and I was hooked.  I loved the live class back then, I felt like we were all in the same room together.  I have popped on for some of the new live classes and it was great.  I took up painting as a stress reliever, although sometimes painting is stressing lol.  I thought I would love oils but when Dennis started teaching the pastels I was hooked.  Nolan's pencil classes helped me realize the fine details and things have just progressed.  I have done some paintings that I am very proud of.  And I would never have been able to do that without both of you.  Enjoy your well deserved retirement Dennis and God bless both of you


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Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 12:26:33 PM
Dear Dennis,
I am happy for you and I wish you many more years of joy and happiness, times to do what you like the most and times to spend with love ones.

Your contribution to teaching art, and your love of art, to all your pupilles around the world will live for a very long time.  You have made the world a better place, one student and one painting at the time.  I cannot imagine a highest compliment to describe your life contribution.

Time to look and enjoy what you have created.  I will continue to do your classes and I will smile knowing you will see them.

Very best wishes  :smitten:  :1hug:
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #6 on: July 01, 2017, 03:43:02 PM
Dearest Dennis and Nolan,

I have sent you a personal note but would like to express on our forum, my deepest gratitude to you both for your contribution to my artistic journey and what a journey it has been.  Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for all the knowledge, guidance and encouragement, I have received from you both. You have changed my life forever.

While I was initially devastated at the news, I realise Dennis, that getting up in age is tough at times and you deserve a well earned rest. However, I was thrilled that the Paint Basket would remain open as there are so many lessons I still want to do and lessons which I would like to repeat.

Wishing you both the very best in the future and may the good Lord bless you both and your families, mightily.


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Reply #7 on: July 01, 2017, 05:47:43 PM
 :thankyou:  :gl:   >:(  :painting:


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Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 12:14:54 AM
Thank you Dennis and Nolan for all the great classes and support you have given to encourage the advancement of  my art.  I will miss seeing new classes.  I have just started painting again after a long illness with my heart.
     I wish the best in all you do.  Enjoy the time with your family and your new interests.  It is good that you will still be overseeing our artworks. 
     My best to both of you.  I have really enjoyed the site.   


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Reply #9 on: July 02, 2017, 06:10:58 AM
 :1hug: .. :thankyou: Both. Glad that you guys are just slowing down and not totally disappear.  :gl: with new adventures. Its always fun and exciting.

And yayy for keeping the site going and strong. :smitten:


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Reply #10 on: July 02, 2017, 02:47:11 PM
I love this site and have learned so very much from both of your fabulous instruction. I am so very happy that it's not over and you will still be here to guide and support.  :painting:
Time slips away fast I know as I myself am working full time but still trying to keep some creative time too.
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Reply #11 on: July 02, 2017, 06:45:26 PM
WOW - I have to admit, when I saw this posting on my email I started to cry. Dennis - you have been so vital to the development of me as an artist. Knowing that there will be no more watercolor classes from you makes me very sad. Luckily I have a few still to take, so I'll do them slowly and savor your amazing teaching skills. But words will never be able to fully express the difference your teaching has made in my life...and how often I hear your voice in my head when I'm painting. So Mazel Tov on your retirement! And enjoy taking more time for is precious and we must take advantage of each and every moment while we can.

Nolan and Dennis both - thank you for creating Paintbasket and for making it so accessible to all of us. I am relieved it will continue to be in existence and that your advice, and those of everyone else on the form, will be just a few key strokes away. And as soon as my schedule permits, I'm happy to know there are so many oil and acrylic classes just waiting for me to take!



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Reply #12 on: July 02, 2017, 08:50:28 PM
Thank you everyone for your understanding. We highly appreciate it. We will still be in the background and emerging every so often. I still scan the Forum every day ;)

Unfortunately there comes a time in one's life when certain serious decisions have to be made - and this was one of them. Art has been part of my life for over 73 years and has been my lifestyle for over 30 years. I have not held back any of my secrets and techniques in all my teaching videos. I have found great satisfaction passing on my knowledge to help others also become fantastic artists. I did not bury my talents which the Lord kindly gave me. Hopefully one day I will hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

The other part of my life, which unfortunately has taken a backseat for too many years, is writing. Hopefully I will be able to start delving into it very soon. For example, I started to write a non-fiction book "Your Hidden Power - how to make your subconscious mind work for you" just on 10 years ago. Our emigration to NZ put it in the cupboard for a long while. It is more than 3/4 finished and all going well will be published sometime this year. A tremendous amount of research was and is involved.

While in NZ I have managed to publish a book and  a few short stories on Kindle. These short stories of the adventure of Andy Stewart are based on actual incidents in my life. There are many more in the pipeline. You may see what I have done so far here: Dennis Books
If you do buy any I would appreciate an honest unbiased review on Amazon.

Once again, thank you for your confidence in Nolan and myself. We both have left a large legacy for you all to enjoy.
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Reply #13 on: July 02, 2017, 09:08:31 PM
Blessings for the future Nolan and Dennis, I am so grateful that I came across Paint Basket.
Thank you  both for  sharing your knowledge on in such an easy to follow and extremely informative way.
Am looking forward to the new operating developments
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Reply #14 on: July 03, 2017, 09:55:12 AM
Nolan and Dennis,

Frankly, I wondered how you both kept up with with the pace you had set in introducing new lessons. So happy to hear that the pressure will be off now.

You both have created such a wonderful environment here for us to learn and grow as artists.

Thank you for all that you have done for me personally to gain confidence in myself as an artist.

 Best wishes for success and enjoyment with your writing, Dennis.  I have read some of your work and like your style.

Enjoy! Thank you so much for everything.


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