We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Raczynska and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think what most people don’t realize is how much time it takes to create new content.

It takes hours to finish a project, days to get it ready for publishing.

Here’s an example. It takes me anywhere between 20-30min to get my table ready for a new painting. I need to clean my brushes, choose a new paper, clean a palette, choose colors for a painting (watercolors), make sure I have a regular towel and a paper towel handy. Then sketching takes between 20-40 min.

Painting takes average anywhere between 20min-2hrs..

Once I am done painting I need to download all the files and secure them on my drive. Then I start preparing the files, editing in photoshop – about 4-5 hours. Adding Voiceover – depending on a length of a video 20min -2hrs. Editing images, preparing a sketch – 2hrs. Revising the video – depending on the length of the video, another 1 hour or so. Downloading, uploading 1-3hrs, preparing a post/writing a story – another hour or so..

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a self taught artist. I never took any classes. One day I just decided that I was going to publish a children’s book, so I bought watercolors. Next I recorded a video and started my YouTube channel. I got very lucky and pretty quickly gained a lot of subscribers. I wanted to do more than just quick videos on YouTube so I started my online schools. Today I have over 5k students enrolled in my classes on Patreon and Teachable. I love to teach and what inspires me the most is seeing my students grow, helping them achieve their goals. What inspires me also is simply painting. Thanks to my passion for watercolors I keep going, no matter how hard it is.. there’s days I am exhausted of editing videos and thinking of what else I can create but once I sit down by my table and see a sketch.. there it is, I just cannot wait to hold my brush again. It’s passion I have never felt before until that one day.. I saw how watercolors spread on a paper and I got hooked. I want everyone to know that anyone can learn how to paint, it’s just a matter of how you paint something at this stage of a learning process.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For many years I lived in Santa Monica and I absolutely loved everything about it. I suggest taking a stroll on Montana Avenue. There’s a lot of amazing restaurants, small shops, great ice cream. Easy to grab and go – a snack or juice (Kreation) on the way to Palisades Park. Once there – you gotta stop by the Rose Garden. Just enjoy the smell of roses, it’s so nice to just sit there and breathe the fresh air from the ocean. Next place I would suggest is Third Street Promenade. Lots of nice shops. Then Venice – Abbot Kinney, there’s so many amazing restaurants like Gjelina. Also once in Venice you gotta try sandwiches from Gjusta and their gluten free bread!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this to my husband, without him I couldn’t do any of this. He’s been supportive since the day I touched a brush for the first time.

Website: www.mariamorjane.com
Instagram: @maria_morjane
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mariamorjane
Youtube: www.youtube.com/mariamorjane
Other: www.patreon.com/mariamorjane https://maria-raczynska.teachable.com (my online schools)

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Maria Raczynska

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