An Artist's Moment
, What is your brush position?

Are you holding your brush in a "death grip"?

As a child, you were taught to hold a pencil by placing your index finger, slightly bent on the top, and then to press the pencil in a squishing motion sandwiching against the thumb.

Instead, hold the brush as shown in the photo with the middle finger and thumb hold the brush, and the index finger is just loosely there for balance.

Try to gently balance the brush in your hand and with fingers relaxed and just enough pressure to keep it firm and in control.
News from the High Seas
From the rainbow in Honolulu to the fall colors of the east coast, we are drawing close to the end of our journeys. We have seen and met some wonderful places and people.

You have to experience the world and all of its splendor to be able to really put your world on to canvas. Our hope and goal is for you to be able to experience what we have through our paintings, stories and photos.

Please join us as we explore the east coast in the fall of 2019.
Liz Clark a Guest Commentary
Growing As An Academy Artist and What It Means
November 2019 marks the third anniversary of my painting journey. For weeks, I just watched Ginger’s YouTube tutorials, never actually believing I’d pick up a brush myself. One day, something clicked inside: “I wonder? I wonder if I could actually paint one of these?” Oh, what a fabulous day when I stepped back from my “masterpiece” to marvel: “Hey, I actually PAINTED that!”.

It was an incredible sense of accomplishment, even though my work was not close to any masterpiece. Last year, I joined the Academy thinking perhaps I might have acquired skills enough to paint some of Ginger’s more challenging tutorials. I just watched for several weeks, then got excited to dive in and paint one of the more difficult lessons.

One of my earlier paintings
I am SO happy I have become an Academy member! Ginger gives nuggets of artist gold in each and every tutorial. No matter how far along we are on our personal art journeys, we will always learn something new by watching Ginger Cook’s lessons.

I am really pleased to see just how far I have come since my Ginger Day-1 painting. And, that makes me excited to consider where I will be at this time next year. I am so glad that after a lifetime of serving others as a wife, mom, employee, and volunteer, I chose to invest in myself! Having a membership in Ginger’s Academy is proving to be a really great decision. It is giving me such joy and a sense of accomplishment in doing something I absolutely love.
Upcoming Lesson for Video Lesson Library Members of the Academy
Polly Pirate Parrot from the Caribbean

This tutorial will be released later this week for the VLL Members of the Academy. This a fun little "Intermediate" or "2-Cookie" level of lesson to end the summer time.

Look for this lesson on Thursday or Friday of this week,
Current Video Lesson
Library Releases
Current Wave & Water Master Class Releases

Posted in  1 Cookie Introductory Level Video Lesson Library Go to lesson.
Frank's Falls

Posted in 3 Cookies, Proficient Level, Video Lesson Library, Wave & Water  Go to lesson.

Frank's Falls

This is a 3-Cookies, Proficient Level, Wave and Water Master Class. Go to lesson.
Downloadable Website News
We have more exciting news as the upgrades have been completed to the website, . There may be a few things that crop up, but we will fix them as we find them and continue to enhance the site.

We will be adding more lessons to the site and also be offering a "Credit Purchase" program as well that will save you money on the lessons. Be sure to see what's going on at .

These titles will be added to our offerings very soon. Be sure to click on the image to go to the OnDemand website.

Look for the new listings and offerings later this month, and in the weeks to come. Just in time for the holidays.

Many more titles will be added to the website.
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Auction Website News
Not much news to report from the Auction website, but we do have a new website that we will be setting up shortly that will sale Ginger Cook original acrylic paintings directly to you.

This will be a website that will offer Ginger's larger paintings for a set price, that will be wholesale pricing to you directly! Look for this website in the coming month. We will send out a special notice once we have it ready to open.
Latest YouTube News
As we wind down our travels, we have two more "Live" YouTube Premiere sessions still planned. Be sure to watch our " announcement" video that we made before we left.

Next YouTube Live Premiere will be Monday, October 14 at 7:30 pm central time.

Look for us to return to a LIVE YouTube show on Monday, October 21st. (We hope!)
Affiliate Store News
T-Shirts & More News
We have changed this heading to "Affiliate Store News" because we are an affiliate for both Amazon and Dick Blick's art supplies. When you make purchases through our affiliate links, you are helping support us, and it cost you nothing more.

Please use our generic Amazon link when you plan on shopping, because we benefit from any purchases that you may make then you enter their website through our link.
The staff has been working on new designs and hope have them ready for the holiday season.

Please visit our  Teespring store often so you will know when we have the new releases.
The Tech Bear News
Well, as luck would have it, we found another employee to join the staff as "Head of Security" We would like to welcome Morgan the Moose to our Merry Band of Artists.

Morgan comes to us from the great state of Maine by way of Nicole and Anthony N. that was so kind to introduce us to him. We felt that we needed a security individual that would be able to travel with us because apparently we are becoming recognizable as we found out when Jane H. found us on the cruise ship.

Sammy is still looking for ideas. Might you have a suggestion or two for him? Let us hear from you,

Be sure to check out the Where in the World is Sammy in our private Facebook Clubhouse. ( ) If you are not a member of our Facebook page...why not?

And you can find the album of the paintings here   so you can see what Sammy has been up to while we have been gone.
Jane, Greg and Ginger on the Summit ship
Nicole and Ginger in Portland, Maine
Final Words
As the fall is upon us and the winter snows will be blanketing many of our members, we are coming up with more ways to spend your time indoors.

The Academy is going to have some great paintings in the coming months. More ODGs and some more originals by Ginger from the trip photos. You are going to be very busy and this is the best time to be a member of the Academy.

If you would like to be a "Guest Commentator" please use the " Contact Us " form on our website and I will give you more information. We would like to make this a regular column. So, be thinking what you would like to share.

Make sure that you subscribe to the Newsletter , Ginger's YouTube channel, The Tech Bear's YouTube channel and our private Facebook Group - The Merry Band of Artists.

As always, thank you for your continued support,

Ginger, Jon, Charlie, Sammy, Chester, Morgan, Ellie, and Snarky