I look forward to reading that book. The hardest thing for me is time. I can literally paint for hours, days on end. But there is no time to do it. The best thing, the absolute best thing, about the class in Austin, was days and days of uninterrupted, selfishly guarded, fully taken advantage of, time to paint. Mark kept telling me, "you can take a break." LOL. Second on the list is composition. I struggle with cheese. It looks great for 5 minutes and then I go, "what was I thinking?, and wipe if off".
So happy for you and damn, I am jealous too! I want to go back! When you get there and take a lunch, walk straight down the hill from the studio to the main drag that leads to the capital. Its about two blocks. I think its just to the left about a block. The best hat shop outside of New Orleans (where Meyer the Hatter rules) is right there. Oh and by the way, if you take the Sargent course, you can eat that rigger, cuz thats all the good it will do you.
I have 100 hats of all kinds and that is after wearing many out and giving lots away. But there is a portrait drawing thread on another forum and this one turned out so good i just kind of adopted it as my thumbnail. Here i am in another hat, which is a studio supply, so its kind of appropriate.