Thanks for your reply, Carol! Wow, I'm honored -- my first post draws a reply from the founder of the website! Thank you for answering my questions.
I found your site after I purchased and read your book "Daily Painting." I've re-read parts of it a half-dozen times, especially the parts on "vulnerable" islands, edges, and composition. I also followed your advice to buy Greg Albert's awesome book on composition, AND I bought a Still-Life Stage. So I'm "all in"! Since I bought your book a few weeks ago, I've done a couple dozen small paintings, usually 6" x 6", usually finishing in one afternoon. (I was already doing a couple a week, as I take a couple life-painting classes.) Already I see signs of improvement. I also see a growing stack of paintings that want to be sold. .
I hadn't realized one could varnish a painting as soon as two weeks after painting it, even if it's dry to the touch. (Mine, like yours, are usually dry to the touch after a few days.) I had the impression one had to wait six months or more -- that things had to dry thoroughly beneath the surface as well as on the surface. I guess I needn't have worried. Maybe tomorrow I'll have a varnishing party.