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Reply #15 on: July 03, 2017, 11:18:49 AM
Dear Dennis & Nolan,

I would like to wish you every success going forward with all your endeavors. Your lessons have been so informative to me and Ive learned so much in a very short time. You fed an interest I had and it has now become a burning passion!

Im glad that you will still be around advising us  :yippee: :yippee:

Now go enjoy some "me" time - you deserve it  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Adios Amigos!


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Reply #16 on: July 04, 2017, 01:21:20 AM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:   :flowers: :flowers:

  Hi Dennis, Nolan,
  thank you so much for wealth of information and knowledge you have shared.

  I have learnt  so much from you both. :thankyou:
  Wishing you both the very best in the future.




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Reply #17 on: July 04, 2017, 05:27:01 AM
Hi Dennis and Nolan,

Everyone deserves a chance to slow down....and God knows, Dennis you more than deserve it! I have yet to see someone so selflessly give back to society.Not only that you both have created such a beautiful environment around the PB ....which so nurturing, caring where everyone's is welcome and comfortable.Both of you have left such great wealth of information for generations to come!!
I wish you the very good to know you will still be around!!!



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Reply #18 on: July 04, 2017, 06:37:49 AM
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Reply #19 on: July 04, 2017, 04:18:17 PM
Nolan n especially Dennis, you truly are a beautiful humble human being and too bad I am in Canada because I would love to shake your hand!  :clap: even though I am fairly new to paint basket I must say you have changed my life. The quality of drawing I have achieved in a very short time is truly amazing.  The people that know me can't believe I learned such quality skills on the internet .I find if I am having trouble I always refer back to the videos and my mistake is corrected. I am glad you will still be around and glad for your change in direction and you deciding to fill your passion of writing.   :)

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Reply #20 on: July 05, 2017, 01:08:18 AM
I am new here and just learning.  While live classes sound very intriguing, you have put together a wealth of information and so many classes that I am looking forward to taking.  Thank you Dennis and Nolan for putting together this wonderful site for learning and encouragement with a family feel.   :thankyou:

Dennis, I wish you the best of luck with pursuing your writing.  It sounds like you have a true passion for it.  I am glad you will still be around here too. 

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Reply #21 on: July 05, 2017, 12:11:49 PM
Congratulations on your retirement!  As the Bible teaches, there is a time for everything. I'm sure the Lord has plans for you to have many fulfilling days ahead.

I've learned a lot from you about watercolor and am forever grateful.

I won't say "goodbye", but "hasta la vista"!
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Reply #22 on: July 05, 2017, 02:19:33 PM
I have been part of the Paint Basket family for so many years.
When I got word about the changes I was totally overcome with emotion and deeply sadden.

My initial thought was oh no, I have failed Dennis. I really just wanted to 'make' it and let him see me succeed.

I am however so far behind in the classes. I know I still have time to better myself.

I want to thank Nolan and Dennis for all the years of dedication. If it weren't for that Cosmos class I just happen to stumble upon I would have never experience the joy of creating art. Dennis thanks to you pen lessons I was able to also do a few commissions and get paid for it.

Thank you Nolan for bringing Paint Basket and all those hours to us. There are no words to say how greatful I am.

All the blessings and loads of success to Nolan and Dennis.
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Reply #23 on: July 05, 2017, 09:41:21 PM
My initial thought was oh no, I have failed Dennis. I really just wanted to 'make' it and let him see me succeed.

Not one of the Paint Basket members have ever failed me, except only one type: Those who have stopped even before they have started. Those who really fail are the ones who tell themselves, "I can't", before they have even tried. Art is also not for everyone. Some try, but feel that they would rather go in another direction - that's OK.

Nolan and I have seen absolute beginners go from struggle after struggle, persevering until the light starts shining through the darkness. Success comes only after a time of struggle - but then each step up the ladder has a struggle of it's own.

My problem is that most artists cannot perceive just how far they have progressed in the quality of their work.
They praise others, but pull themselves down. All I can say is that we are proud of all the members. Struggle is part of the game. You may not believe this, but I also still struggle in many aspects. Why? Because there is not one on earth who can truly say that they have reached the top rung - there is still too much to learn - art is always evolving.

How many artists can say that they can paint like the Old Masters? Unfortunately, over the many decades, Rebels in the art world have systematically, on purpose, broken down the values and quality.

Keep up the good work - keep climbing the ladder of success.
Love you all lots :flowers:
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Reply #24 on: July 06, 2017, 10:44:16 PM
 :thankyou: to everybody for the support and understanding. You truly are a special family :hug: :flowers:


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Reply #25 on: July 07, 2017, 04:51:59 AM
I too would like to thank you both so much for your guidance and encouragement from day 1 of my new life....painting.
People say that they were 'self taught' but I don't think I was....I know I was taught by two wonderful teachers who continue to help me every day, to become a more confident and accomplished artist.
So  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:
I wish you an enjoyable retirement Dennis.
 :flowers: :smitten: Terri
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Painting has saved my life...Terri


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Reply #26 on: July 07, 2017, 08:06:48 AM
Dear Dennis & Nolan, I wish to thank you for this Web-site. It has opened a whole new world to me although I haven't been able to do many classes. I'm truly glad that the site will continue and I've been dreaming about the day I retire and will be able to do the classes. You are both remarkable people and I admire you both for the way you presented the classes. May you be blessed in your new endeavors! A BIG THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL.  :thankyou: :thankyou:


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Reply #27 on: July 07, 2017, 03:57:46 PM
Dear Dennis and Nolan,

I have thought long and hard about what to say to you.  However, words cannot express how I feel about the effect that the two of you have had on my life. 

It has been such a privilege to learn from you.  I like, so many others, didn't think I had an artistic bone in my body.  You proved me wrong.  Thank you for your wonderful lessons and for sharing your knowledge with me.  I appreciate the time, patience, guidance and encouragement you gave me along the way.

My art has given me so much joy, as it does, to those who have my work hanging on their walls.  You have touched more people than you know.

Enjoy your retirement Dennis and  Nolan whatever your plans are for the future, I wish you the very best too!

With much love and gratitude,
Jill Haefner.

"What is easy to do is also easy not to do.  That's the difference between success and failure, between daydreams and ambitions"


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Reply #28 on: July 10, 2017, 04:54:47 PM
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Reply #29 on: July 18, 2017, 02:52:36 AM
Dennis and Nolan, just want to wish you the best in your new projects.. 
,I also was supprised to here that you were retirering from PB Dennis I enjoyed your watercolour classes and teachings, thank you for being my teacher for about 3 years, I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Nolan, thank you for being my mentor, I started my journey with you in pencil classes to refresh my knowledge and have learned so mush from it.  Thank you for being there when I needed it.
I have not been too active lately, trying to find my own style, but I still think of you both and I view some of your classes on the other site to get more techniques, even if not painting them all.   
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and good luck.

PS Nolan take advantage of your time with your little ones, they grow so fast.
     Dennis good luck with your writting, and long life.



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