Now More Than Ever...

As we face another year of uncertainty in our economy, what we budget our money on makes more of a difference than ever.

The stress of having to self-quarantine, and restricted movement just a year ago we took for granted, begs us to consider how painting and art lessons can be a great aid to our mental health.

As most of our artist viewers are female, and for many women, the natural instinct is to put yourself last and do more for other family members instead. However, have you ever noticed when flying that the instructions are in case of loss of oxygen in the cabin, putting your mask on first, and then helping those around you.

I know it has helped with isolation with our Facebook Club and live chattering on our YouTube shows where we all connect with others outside the home.
But now, I want to talk to you about connecting with your inner self through personal growth through painting and seeing improvements with every painting.
Satisfaction is best received when setting an intention and following through; when you do that, it uplifts your spirits and helps alleviate self-doubt, early on depression, and feelings of unworthiness.

As the Personal Art Coach for many of our Academy members, I know that I see weekly improvement and comments back from members on how much that connection means. Even if they are only managing to paint once a month, the in-depth, step-by-step instructions that accompany our weekly Senior Academy tutorials provide so much more help, education, and tips on becoming the best artist you can be.

As one member wrote to me this week, “Some days, all I hang on to is painting and Monday's YouTube show. When I feel like giving up, I watch your tutorials, and you inspire me to keep going and find humor in it all. Painting brings me peace in the storm with you guiding the way. I just can't thank you enough for all you do! Just no words. M.”

For less than $35 a month, you have access to the widest variety and skill level of video art tutorials and one-on-one art coaching for artwork you send me: even non-tutorial original or non-original work.

Do you know how much the average cost of painting lessons is in the United States?

I Googled this today; “How much do art lessons cost?” The result showed $50 for an hour of Private Art lessons and $30 for an hour of Semi-Private Art lessons (2 students: $30 each student). We offer so much more for a fraction of those prices to make it possible for a global audience that may not have the resources artist living in the U.S. have.

So if you are hesitant about joining the Academy try us for one month. Just email Jon on sign-up using the Contact Us and tell us how long you want the membership to run.

  1. If you are already an Academy Member, rather than not continuing your membership for budget reasons, here are some sure-fire ways to save at least $30 every month and still keep your membership.
    Try painting smaller canvas 9×12 or smaller
  2. Put less paint out on your palate at a time and mist often.
  3. Sand your canvas ahead of time to keep your brushes from wearing out
  4. Use your leftover paint to do an underpainting on another canvas; you can always use red, dark brown, gray, or blue underpaintings.
  5. Plan a few painting projects ahead of time. Look at our list of materials. Do you need to substitute a color or medium? Write us and ask if you need help.
  6. Try using the larger box set of Salvador paints with our discount coupon in our Amazon Store. We have seen the price under $17 for all that paint. It's one of the best deals on the internet.
  7. Send in your artwork for a PAC early on, so you are less likely to have to need to repaint a large section of it. Get the design correct and work out the bugs on a smaller canvas.
  8. Look at the posts Judy puts on Facebook for sale items and buy your art materials like brushes and canvas when on sale.

As you know, art and acrylic painting is vital to us and you as well. We want to offer a “win-win” situation by helping others to enjoy our tutorials and possibly winning an original 8×10 Ginger Cook painting with a Certificate of Authenticity for you.

You can help other artists with a membership by donating to the Karen Little Scholarship fund and letting us know you want to sponsor another artist and if you have anyone specific in mind.

Here's the deal…if you make a donation for $100 or more between now and May 31st, your name will be added to other donors and we will hold a drawing after May 31, 2021. Also, remember that we match your donation dollar for dollar to help even more.

The winner will be able to pick one of following three 8×10 paintings.

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