You guys are too good to me.
You'll be happy to know that I got in about six hours of paint piddling today - and I didn't flip my brush across the room a single time. I'm already salivating to get down there tomorrow morning, but for now, I'm fried. It's a strain, but it feels great!
Unfortunately, at the speed that I work (or lack thereof), it'll be a long time before I can show y'all a finished piece. It's 20" x 16", so that'll take some time.
Thanks everyone - It does give me more confidence.