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Email Marketing 2023

Strategies for building email campaigns that work for artists. Place yourself in the position of the recipient and respect their time. State your purpose clearly.  READ MORE

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A talented artist, photographer and writer and lets not forget a real Gold Miner

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Cheryl, Jim, Robin and for that matter the entire team will be contributing articles from time to time. Read to learn and be  

Are you an aspiring artist that hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in months? If so, ask yourself why. 

Do you leap out of bed in the morning, embracing the day, or do you arise to just another long day to get through? Sometimes life sucks! We all have our story, and we all react to life experiences differently. We may not always control what life throws at us, but we can control how we react. Sometimes the best response is not to react at all. It’s called apathy. 

The dictionary defines apathy as an absence of feeling, concern, interest, or emotion. Apathy is a state of indifference. Not to be confused with laziness, apathy embraces a suppression of emotion, interest, or concern. An apathetic person manifests no motivation, excitement, compassion, or empathy for anything or anyone. They express no interest in the spiritual, social, or philosophical aspects of their life’s journey. 


A Hack is usually a creatively improvised solution.

Aspiring artists often start out with acrylic paints. However, acrylics can be quite frustrating: they dry extremely fast, and color intensity changes with acrylics when they dry. Maybe you started out with acrylics, practiced with colors, values, differences, composition, and layers; now you are ready to try your hand at oil painting. If so, read on for some helpful hints and hacks. READ MORE

How do you get the confidence to start a painting? 

Some of us like to draw everyday. On the other hand, some of us like to think about painting once in a while and some of us never get the courage to do it at all. READ MORE

As artists we really know —how you feel matters! Whether you're feeling tired,  worried. sad, anxious, or stressed or even lonely you can change that.


We all are working together during these stressful pandemic times. 

If you are self-isolating indoors please consider making art. It will help reduce your stress.

To our ALN community—Nothing is more important to us than promoting a healthy world. We consider your health and safety, and we take seriously our responsibility to encourage and support each other. In these unusual and very challenging times, we believe that art can help us all and keep us connected and inspire creativity, openness, and generosity. With thoughts for all the members of our ALN community, we’re sharing some ways you can experience art through ALN wherever you are.

COVID-19 Response Fund

The Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a secure way for individuals, philanthropies and businesses to contribute to the WHO-led effort to respond to the pandemic.

The United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have created the solidarity fund to support WHO and partners in a massive effort to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the novel coronavirus – particularly those where the needs are the greatest.

World Health Organization

Basic Protective Measures Against The New Coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in the USA with outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others

With That In Mind Art• Lessons•Now Will Be Donating The First 10% Of Our Sales To Relief Efforts. 

We, as a online art instruction site, remain firmly committed to supporting the larger arts community

We invite you to continue to explore our current and upcoming  lessons online.  Art has and we believe always will be be a great unifier in challenging times.



Be sure to watch Lesson 01 How To Paint Water In An Abstract Way.

See Jim Wildman and Cheryl create these painting s and all the steps he used to complete it.

Plan to Paint Along and Create Your Own Painting of Water-"Submerge."

The Inspiring Story of Clementine Hunter

How a former cotton picker became one of the most important folk artists of her time.

You might know her as Grandmas Moses. READ MORE



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The Art• Lessons•Now Exchange is the free artist learning area and community, designed by ALN, Cheryl Johnson, artists, painters, educators for painters, to ignite creativity in the studio.

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The only series on television in the U.S. to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists, Art in the Twenty-First Century is a Peabody Award-winning biennial program that allows viewers to observe the artists at work, watch as they transform inspiration into art, and hear how they struggle with both the physical and visual challenges of achieving their visions.

Art in the Twenty-First Century airs on PBS in the U.S. Watch full episodes on and through PBS streaming apps.


On “60 Minutes Overtime,” Anderson Cooper discusses meeting Mark Bradford and the painting he owns by the artist. | Video by 60 Minutes/CBS News

"If only we knew how inevitable this all was, we never would have worried so much. If only we had the slightest inkling that our challenges, lacks, and issues would sooner make possible the whirlwind of events that swiftly followed… we'd have been as proud then, as we are now." 

Artists who seek solitude are more creative. Solitude is an important part of being an artist. 

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What we choose to use  as our anchor determines how well we will weather the seasons of life. 

- Lauren Chandler

"Most of us don’t realize the extent of our influence on others and the potential of our inner world of attitude and belief to affect them." 

~Rachel Naomi Remen

We believe too much in the bigness of our problems and too little the greatness of the power of God. 

- Matt Jacobson

Cheryl Johnson and  Jim Wildman Art• Lessons•Now has taught me things I never learned in art school or college.  The Art Lessons and Master Art Classes help make my life more interesting and fill my studio with more fun, passion, color, and creativity.