Coaching Calls

Next call is November 13th, 2021

If you have a question, do call in and ask Crista yourself.

If you can’t make the call, write your question in the comment field below (scroll to the bottom of the page).

– All questions should be posted at least 3 hours before the call to give Crista time to prepare. Questions posted later risk not being answered.
– Please do not post a question you intend to ask on the call.
– Please do not use this page to respond to other artists’ questions.
– If you are currently taking the course, only ask questions that we have covered. Jumping ahead will only confuse you.
– If you cannot find your local time in Greenwich Meantime, Google is your friend!

After the call we will post a link to a recording of the conversation on the Recordings Page.

Your Options

1. Dial into the conference:

Dial-in Number: (855) 212-0212 – United States
Access Code: 309-846-424
International Dial-in Numbers:
Note that StartMeeting does not support Skype, so you might have issues if you dial in with Skype. We’ve found that using the keypad on your device, rather than the Skype dialpad helps.

2. Join the online meeting:

Online Meeting Link:
Online Meeting ID: crista
Note: The calls are audio only – please don’t use your webcams during the call.

Call Time

ALL COACHING CALLS ARE AT 5pm UTC or GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

To find what time that is for you, use this: Time converter


-At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line.

-When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.

-To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

-For 24/7 customer service please call 877-553-1680 (This is for the Smart Meeting team – not The Working Artist team).

-When you are ready to ask Crista your question, hit *6 on your dialpad.

If you are unable to make the call, please post your question in the comment field below:

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  1. Crista Cloutier Post author

    This is the photo editing software are promised by Jeff Maresh:

    Free (non-trail version) basic photo editing software – all support TIF/TIFF and JPG files unless otherwise noted. I haven’t tried any of them but read reviews on them and confirmed file formats whenever possible. All have a free non-trial version and appear to be relatively easy to download, install, and user. Most of these will likely have YouTube videos on usage if you need help.


    Windows, iOS, Android: Photoshop Express

    macOS: Big Sur
    Camera RAW formats supported:
    I was unable to confirm if Big Sur can edit/save TIF/TIFF files

    macOS, Windows: Photoscape X

    Android, iOS: Photoscape Mobile

  2. Jill Osborne

    I’ve been inspired to create a portfolio of paintings of chickens using the pictures I’ve seen on a specific facebook forum. People post pictures every day of their chickens and ask questions about them or just want to show off their poultry. There is nothing about the rules in the fb group that prevent me from doing this but I’m still unsure of how to go about this. I want to do it right because I’ve watched this facebook page for over a year (having chickens of my own!) and have not been able to get it out of my mind. I just HAVE to turn their photos into a painting portfolio! But, should I talk to the people who took the photos first before I use these images as a painting reference to then gain a profit? Are there any legal issues I should be aware of? My paintings will not be photo realistic, but very painterly, does that make a difference?

  3. Don

    When are you going to write a book Crista? What will the title be? Thank you.

  4. Linda Enger

    “Hey Crista ,
    I hope to be on the call but this is really on my mind right now:
    I have been really challenged with the concept of photos as limited editions not. . I am working on series of 20×30 images on chromaluxe and out of pocket costs including the museum hanging style to have a no frame look but able to hang by wire in galleries… I am at $275 out of pocket (at local lab , I am pricing others though) . If I only add $500 for my time and talent ( what joke considering how much time goes into final image ) and then mark up 100% to cover fee to gallery and be consistent … I am already at $1500 that is without it being limited edition . If you could please discuss this at our next call I would appreciate it . I just decided to try something new being that I am not already a big ticket item and made a submission for a group show locally saying “Size 20×30 Price $2000 Limited edition of 25, this size this material presentation”

    They will take 50% so my profit is not that much better than open … maybe I will regret it or maybe it will push sales ?
    Thanks for your input . Ps I do not have gallery representation yet. Now that I think about it after submission already went through it seem very low price for limited edition… considering my net and investment.

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