...... or does that imply that I am a hard task-master??
What's wrong with being a hard taskmaster (or taskmistress) Julie? Certainly you, of all people, know that that's how you get art that can stand on its own. I remember ten years of soft taskmastership when my wife had her gallery: kids who hadn't bothered to learn their art, didn't know when to stop, or slapped something together because they just knew
they were artists. Finding the real thing always was difficult, but once in a while we'd find it and then we'd stick with it.
Three cheers for hard taskmastership!