You have what it takes to get really good...it just takes practice!
But why does practicing sometimes feel like a struggle? Maybe you’ve found yourself feeling like:
- You can’t seem to bring yourself to sit down and make time to paint
- Even if you sit down to paint, you struggle to decide what to paint
- You paint, but it doesn’t quite turn out right and you’re not sure how to improve
- You’re constantly getting in your own way because you’re afraid your paintings will disappoint you
If all it takes is practice,
then why don't we just paint more?
We know that we won't get better without practicing, so what's preventing us from actually putting paint down on paper? Self-doubt? Perfectionism? Fear?
- Self-doubt says “I shouldn’t even start because - what if…”
- Fear says “What if other people think if my work is bad?”
- Perfectionism says “There’s no point in even starting if there’s no guarantee it will come out well.”
And if you’re thinking, how did you know? It’s because you are not alone. I experience the same thoughts and feelings. We all do.
Do you see how easy it is to let something that should be beautiful and enjoyable like watercolors become daunting and stressful?
And shouldn't it really be about joy and fulfillment?
If you let self-doubt, perfectionism, and fear prevent you from practicing and making progress, then instead of making art, you’ll stay stuck staring at a bunch of blank pages.
But if you're ready to practice, make mistakes and have fun while learning watercolors, then Paint With Me is right for you.
Inside, I'll be serving as your guide to learn, grow, and challenge yourself to practice and make progress.
No more wondering what to paint or whether or not you're doing it 'right'.
I'll provide the guidance, you'll have a place to ask your questions (and actually get answers), and all you have to do is show up and paint!
But see, that is the key...you've gotta show up.
You must be willing to mess up and accept ‘good enough’ in order to make progress.
Because, you will mess up, and that's totally OK because it's part of the process of learning.
And I'll let you in on a little secret...you'll never stop learning. But that is exactly what makes watercolors so much fun.
So what do you say?
Hi, I’m Susan
And this is why I want to paint with you!
I discovered watercolors during a particularly challenging time in my life. While recovering from a bad flare of my chronic kidney disease, I was looking for something to distract me from stress and anxiety. I stumbled on some old watercolor supplies and quickly realized that it had been over 10 years since I made any kind of art.
I started with my old supplies and timidly painted something unimpressive. But I was hooked. I became obsessed with figuring out which supplies to buy and how I could improve. When I was painting I forgot all about the other things I was dealing with at the time.
I’ve heard many times from people how much they want to paint, but can't bring themselves to actually do it. This community exists because I believe in the power of having a creative outlet.
I’m here to help you get inspired, encourage your artistic side, and maintain a consistent creative practice that will bring you more joy and fulfillment. I’m here to guide you - so let’s paint!
WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ME:
Because you can get better at watercolors and have a fulfilling creative practice.
But most importantly, you can do it all while having fun, feeling inspired, and in the company of other supportive and encouraging watercolor enthusiasts just like you and me!
Here’s what you get inside every month...
Each month, we paint a specific subject and you get everything below to help you continue to practice and see progress!
Pre-recorded video exercises that you can watch and follow along with at your own pace.
Live Paint Sessions
Twice a month, we get together for live paint-alongs and Q&A chats. Or you can catch the replay!
Supplies & Extra Tips
Each month, I share a supply video or tips and tricks that I've discovered along the way.
Participate in the Paint With Me Challenge with bonus access to my realtime painting process video!
You also get access to:
A growing library of extra bonus content like my process for painting custom ultrasounds.
A Private Community
A members-only private community group. Like a Facebook group but not on Facebook
Help With Mindset
Support with mindset and creative process. Because we all get creatively blocked sometimes!
I'm active in the group and on calls so you have plenty of chances to connect with me (if you want to!)
Here’s what’s already waiting for you inside...
That's right, you get instant access to ALL past lessons & live replays! Here are some of the topics:
- Loose florals + Chinese Wisteria
- Water reflections + Mountains
- How I photograph and edit photos for social media
- My custom ultrasound painting process
- Puppy Dog Portrait
- Loose Watercolor Sketching
- Beach Landscape
And because a (painting) photo is worth more than 1,000 words...
Here are images of some of the painting lessons that are already inside the community waiting for you. You can start with these lessons or take them whenever you have time. Remember, every month, we have a new lesson and live paint sessions for you to practice from!
What our community members are saying:
"The Paint With Me Community is making such a difference in my art in several different ways. First, I love having access to exclusive video and tutorial content from Susan. The prompts, ideas, and techniques she has shared have given me so much helpful information. I've also enjoyed being able to interact with Susan more one-on-one to ask her questions and run ideas by her. Lastly, the most important part, for me, has been the community. Sharing work with fellow artists, discussing different approaches, and even painting together has really pushed me as an artist and provided so much great feedback that has helped me grow."
"I would definitely recommend joining Susan’s PWM Community for the friendships you gain alongside the art lessons and tutorials. Although it’s a group of strangers, the members are all very welcoming and have various levels of experience/skills so you won’t feel left behind or out of place. The live painting sessions are always fun and Susan gives of her time freely to explain what she’s doing and answer questions. And, she’s always willing to share what she knows and what she’s working on. When I joined the art community on Instagram, all the seasoned artists spoke about finding your community and I’ve considered joining quite a few but this one was definitely the best choice for me. Great company, awesome “host” and perfectly paced to fit your schedule."
"I can't thank Susan enough for creating this space for us to learn and grow and for the time that she is putting in. How serendipitous that we have this group available to us during these difficult times. I find comfort in the videos for both learning and for gathering together and look forward to the tutorials and challenges. I am grateful for, Susan, and for the Paint With Me Community."
"Joining the community was a big step for me, being a watercolor rookie. Susan and the others in the group have never made me feel that I didn’t belong. She always has something nice to say. I appreciate the live painting lessons - to see how Susan approaches a painting helps me so much. I also like having friends to chat with that are all in different places, it's a lot of fun."
So, are you ready to paint with me?
Really! I mean *actually* paint with me and a community of watercolor friends!
Paint With Me is a membership community for those wanting to improve their watercolor art with guidance, inspiration, and consistent practice.
Our community opened its doors to an intimate group of founding members for the first time in February 2020 and these members have been helping me make the community better and better over the past few months.
The best part is that once you join, you get access to all the previous lessons that are available in the community. Basically that means once you join, there’s already plenty of painting practice and inspiration for you to get started with right away!
Still wondering if you belong in Paint With Me?
The simple answer? YES, of course!
There is a place for you here if you want it. Our community experience levels range from absolute beginners to intermediate artists. And I can guarantee you that wherever you are in your journey, is exactly where you are supposed to be right now.
Paint With Me is right for you if:
- You aspire to get better at painting watercolor in a ‘loose’-ish style
- You tried learning from free tutorials and YouTube videos but you want more instruction
- You want insight into my process and approach to painting with watercolors (Whatever you want to know, I share it all!)
- You believe in the power of community and that you can always learn something from everyone
- You want to explore a variety of different subjects using watercolor
- You are looking for monthly lessons to follow so you can practice more consistently
- You want to meet new friends in the watercolor community from all over the world
- Have a safe space to share your struggles, your successes, and ask questions
Paint With Me is probably not for you if:
- You only want to learn how to paint in a very detailed, realistic style using watercolors
- You are only looking for tutorials on a single subject (for example: I only want to paint florals)
- You classify yourself as an ‘advanced’ watercolor artist (there are likely more well-suited groups out there for you, but you are totally welcome!)
Have questions? I’ve got some answers:
What if I am not artistic and I’m not sure about investing in trying to get better?
Can I cancel the membership if I don’t have the time to keep up every month?
So if I sign up for the annual plan I get 2 months free? Why?
What’s the difference between learning inside Paint With Me vs. free tutorials on YouTube and Instagram?
Can I see what you'll be teaching inside Paint With Me in the upcoming months?
When do the monthly live calls happen? What if I can't make it?
Email [email protected] and ask away!
YOUR WORRY-FREE GUARANTEE
100% Risk-Free. Cancel anytime membership.
I am personally committed to providing you with the support, encouragement, and resources you need to get creative and stay creative with watercolors. If you are not completely satisfied with the content and experience inside Paint With Me, you can cancel your monthly membership at any time inside your account portal.
Both monthly and annual memberships have a 30-day full-refund period, no questions asked.
View full membership terms here.