Authors Acknowledgments

I want to thank Wiley Publishing for the opportunity to share my world of watercolor with others in the world. If everyone painted, the world would be a better place. How wonderful if we could all communicate through art using paint and paper. No more war would be allowed either. Countries would express ideas through art and not guns. I think everyone should make this his goal. I still believe in the tooth fairy, too.

A 320-page book was a huge undertaking. I'm usually a quiet person and that was a lot of words to write. My editor Kathleen Dobie constantly coaxed me to write more and elaborate more so that a beginner would feel comfortable with the material. Chrissy Guthrie continued to help where Alissa Schwipps left off. Mike Baker was the catalyst to the project and remained a shepherd through the process. Vicki Adang made sure the final edits were proper. What a team!

Personally, I thank my family for holding my hand through life: my parents, who made me in more ways than one, and my terrific husband, who makes all my dreams come true. My art family: the Greeley Art Association, my wonderful watercolor classes, and my business partners at the Showcase Art Center. All of you tolerated my whines and constant use of the laptop.

Mostly, thank goodness for beginning art students. It takes courage to make art.

Publisher's Acknowledgments

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Acquisitions, Editorial, and Media Development Senior Project Editor: Christina Guthrie Acquisitions Editor: Mike Baker Copy Editor: Victoria M. Adang

Editorial Program Coordinator:

Erin Calligan Mooney

Technical Editor: Marilynn Derwenskus

Editorial Manager: Christine Meloy Beck

Editorial Assistants: Joe Niesen, David Lutton, Leeann Harney

Cover Photos: ©John Wilkes/Getty Images

Cartoons: Rich Tennant (www.the5thwave.com)

Composition Services

Project Coordinator: Kristie Rees

Layout and Graphics: Stacie Brooks, Carl Byers, Laura Campbell, Alissa D. Ellet, Melissa K. Jester, Jennifer Mayberry, Erin Zeltner

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Indexer: Galen Schroeder

Special Help: Clint Lahnen

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