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“I want to thank you so much… It’s like you have let the genie out of the bottle or something!! I have been searching for my own personal style…and you have really helped me to loosen up and let go!! I’ve been on fire since your lesson.” –Pate Buss

“Again thank you so much, not only just for connecting to the student but for everything that you have offered in both [of your e-courses]. I have been creating more then I have been in a long time and have a new sense of inspiration…I went to become a school teacher and since then I have found it tricky to balance art making and working, but have a new sense of creativity now. What you are doing and how you are helping is beyond what I can express in words.–Michelle Langille

“I’ve done so many online courses but I am just LOVING yours so so much, my art is growing exponentially. I’ve only been painting for a year and I’m so excited about the paintings I’ve been able to do. I just love your lessons, and somehow you manage to have the most wonderful community of people that are so happy and willing to share and take the time to comment on other peoples paintings, it’s the most uplifting thing I’ve ever done. Thank you.” Angela Brisbane

Once again thank you for your classes. They mean the world to me. I never had an art teacher that spoke to me and could bring out my soul like you do. Its priceless.” -Ida Glad

“I cannot tell you how much the Year of Painting course has meant to me. The group is amazing, the warmth you create… the projects and what I am learning and how it is changing my life. I have so much gratitude for you and everyone in this class.” -Keri Robbins

It’s rare to encounter someone with such strong intuitive abilities. Alena has a deep sense of knowing and powerful understanding of connection that enables her to see clearly that which might be otherwise obscured or concealed. By providing a gentle mirror she enables others to tap into that clarity of vision in a way that enables them to see the points of necessary action for the path ahead. She has, graciously through her own gifts, helped me to have more confidence in seeking out and listening to my own intuition.”  — Melissa Rothman

“Can’t recommend this course enough. It will change your entire world view.” –Rachel Michelson

The best e-course I have ever taken.” –Suki Kapinao

“Just wanted to write and say thank you to you, Alena, for everything. I just want you to know how much the work you have done means… It means so, so much. I have, on occasion, unfortunately experienced teachers who lack the ability for the simplest – I think – of gestures, toward their beginning students. And that’s encouragement. The reason I will basically follow you anywhere – – is because of your…I’m going to go with….je ne sais quoi …because it’s just a bunch of things, all positive, all inspiring. All equaling to an amazing teacher. A true teacher. Thank you.” – T Francesca

“Thank you, thank you for being such a bright light in my life. The lessons have been such a gift to me. I am so happy about your wonderful news. You deserve all the love and happiness your gentle, loving heart can hold. Thank you also for reminding me to take a breath and look within….So excited I get your guidance for another year!”  –Diane Dilworth

“Alena, I bought your book at the Portland workshop and wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it.  It is so much more than an art book.  I like having the space to write and create.  I also liked your description of yourself as a person known in the online world of art and craft, because that has helped me place myself in what I enjoy doing.  Not in the “known” category, but in the “doing” part.  I realize it is all right for me to be a person who paints in the art and craft world.  As an untrained artist, I am encouraged when a real artist gives value to the type of thing I like.  Of all the things I have painted, my husband says he likes what I did in your class the best.–Jayne Garrison

“I also wanted to say that I am thoroughly enjoying and embracing the “Year of Painting,” course and I have signed up for next year too. So I just really wanted to say thank you very much for sharing all of your beautiful expression with us in such a nurturing way.”
Kelly Zarb

“I’m taking your [e-course] (I’m hopelessly behind because of schoolwork, though), and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your inner beauty and bountiful wisdom.  I have a history with ailments like seasonal affective disorder and anxiety, so it can be hard to function at school, especially with the insane amounts of pressure high school students experience nowadays.  Chakra meditation has been my go-to for when I need to calm down, and I try to paint as often as possible and think and write about grace in all its forms.  I’m now noticing how grace seems to manifest itself in our everyday lives, something I never would have taken note of if not for your lessons.  I can’t tell you how much YOU have contributed to my mental stability.  I’m filled with motivation and a renewed determination to enjoy life, and I can’t thank you enough.  This class has been cure I needed that no doctor could prescribe.–A. Monroe

“Because of this wonderful class – which is so gloriously rich and so realistically paced – I have created my first series of paintings, something I never thought I would do. Five smaller paintings inspired by elements of a larger piece (not yet complete), with more to come. Thank you Alena Hennessy for helping me to achieve this (in between full time work and being a mama). Anything is possible.” –Lyn Metcalf