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The Big End of the YEAR Newsletter


By TheArtSherpa, 2020-01-01
The Big End of the YEAR Newsletter

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A note from the Art Sherpa :

IF you only read one Newsletter all year THIS is the one you should read all the way through!

IMG_5309.jpg Greetings: Happy New Year to all my Fabulous SherpaZiods SherpaNista's. Myself, and the whole Art Sherpa team hope that your New Year brings you peace, joy, blessings abounding, and lots of creative inspiration, ideas and the completion of many new projects. We wish for you that this is your Year To Shine!

Enjoy my Rewind and Jump ahead Newsletter! This is a GREAT way to make sure you missed nothing and are prepped for the 2020 Arting yet to come. New paintings, books and our First Art Retreat where you can paint with me! Brushes UP!

Like a painting?? Click It to go to the Playlist or Video link for it!! You are a Click away!



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Here is a look at some of our past events and projects .

The year of Cute Kids in art !!

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Most Popular Picture Community Vote

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Best of the Year

Other top picks

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Acrylic April

This was the first year for Acrylic April. Painting daily is the #1 thing an artist can do to improve their painting! skills! The idea we would meet live every day and paint together for a little under an hour for the month of April certainly caught fire. This is a wild event in that we had both word prompts AND full lessons. As far as I know it this was the first daily painting program targeted at beginners. You can find all the videos in order http://bit.ly/AcrylicApril2019Calendar And here is the website with rules

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The facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/AcrylicApril/

The website: http://acrylicapril.com/

The group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/AcrylicApril/

Acrylic April Testimonials

  • Lydia Duncan-Mabry : That I truly can do this...my grandmother was an artist and I never really tried thinking I wasn't going to be any good. Now I know I can and I am learning more every day.

  • Kelly Malouf: ACRYLIC APRIL SHOWED ME quite a lot of things. I can make time to paint every day. I can do paintings I never thought I could. I can commit to doing something that makes me happy and that is OK. All paintings have an ugly phase--but now I know how to get myself out of it ;). I didn't think I'd see improvement, but I did and by completing the 30 day challenge I became proud of myself--such a great feeling.

  • Lisa Swain Stickability: is 95% of ability!

  • Catherine Socha Rathbun :... never to look at a painting thinking, “I can’t possibly paint THAT yet.”

  • Nancy Beeles Lewis: My life time dream at 80 could come true and I am now an artist.

  • Peggy Ducolon Smith: April Acrylics 2019 showed me that practicing every day will improve my techniques even when I thought I had learned it well already and that everyday can and is a learning experience of some kind (just because I did not like the painting I still learned something that I NEEDED TO LEARN

  • Keff Green: You have time if you make time. I worked full time and still got my painting done and enjoyed it to the max!

  • Darbe Lopez: Acrylic April taught me how important it is that other household members support my "me" time

13 days of Halloween

Every year we meet up to do 13 Halloween paintings. This is so much fun and at this point we have more than 30 total Days of Halloween tutorials. In fact we created a Challenge for anyone that painted all 31 days they would get a free month of Patronage on the website.

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We started doing Big Paintings!! 24x36 by using two black Canvases

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Spring and Summer ones are On the way !!

WE had some Awesome Winter paintings you guys LOVED

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Step by Steps appeared !!

We introduced Step by steps as an extra way to help you find your way through an art project easily! These are one of my favorite parts of the new year.

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Things people have said about the step by steps

  • Christy Mansfield-bartholomew : These are very helpful and a great go to reference. Your so amazing Cinnamon! You go far above and beyond to help us all learn and have fun while painting, out of the kindness of your heart. I just want to say, even on the darkest of days, watching your videos makes my days brighter. Thank you for all You do
  • Amber Guillet : These help a Ton..thank you. I.did this painting yesterday shortly after the live..Love it and the color can't wait to do some more with the different clouds.
  • Tracy Clapsaddle : I find this so helpful. I try and screen shot the painting to check mine frequently. Sometimes it's difficult to get a good shot. You are amazing. 🎨

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Here is a look at what we have coming up for you in the New Year.

Classes starting in 2020:

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Books : Coming soon

Labs Manual -

The Art Sherpa's guide to starting your own painting party business

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The Art Sherpa ~The Not too Adult, Grown-Up Coloring Book -

co created in collaboration with Stephanie Bergeron

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Coming later in 2020

The Big Art Quest

The Pears are coming back!! Bigger and better than EVER!

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The Sherpanista Cookbook - Written in Collaboration with you.

We still have room for your to submit your Favorite Artful Recipes to be a contributor in the Community Cookbook. Go to the link here to be a part of our community created cookbook.

SUBMIT HERE

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The First Art Sherpa Retreat:

Come Join me for 5 days and 4 nights of Art Adventure

We will be enjoying the best of on-location painting, as well as art workshops. Each day will be full of Art Sherpa guided adventures. Each part will be fully supported so you won’t need to already know how to do any of the activities. I will share my three favorite mediums with you, and guide you into the world of art

(in person and not onscreen).

Plein Air destination painting and private closed art sessions will fill the days. Relaxation and social activities will fill the evenings.

Even the meals will be a work of art!

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Lifebook 2020:

LIFEBOOK 2020

I have been busy like a Sherpa getting ready for Lifebook 2020. You might wonder why I keep doing Lifebook?

Sign up HERE

use the code LOVEBOMB2020 for 20% off before December 31

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I like doing Life-book because it allows for so much growth and well-being with any students. As a teacher, I'm excited about anything that will help you reach your personal art goals. This is one of the only programs that I will participate in and recommend. I do that because I truly believe it's wonderful on every level. First, I enjoy how positive the program is and how focused on individual grow it is. Secondly, the teachers are the best collected together I have seen if your goals are healing, self-awareness, and artistic growth. Last, but not least, the cost of the course outside of materials is very good compared to other programs like this that I don't feel are as richly thought out, driven by a sheer love of sharing creativity, and well-being.

They have a lot of Teachers

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As you may be aware with 30 teachers and 80 lessons there's a lot here to the course. You will be exposed to so much in different styles and thoughts in art. Each teacher brings something very special to the year. Yes, there are many faces. But that's just the surface of what I've seen. I've seen dream catchers, sculpture, rock art, and much much more. In fact as a teacher, I am a bit of an odd duck in the group BUT, when am I not? This will be the third series that I have done with Tamra Laporte. I love the work that she does both spiritually, musically and artistically. I think she curates valuable programs for her students .

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In patron group Watercolor !!

Patrons of the Art Sherpa

We have lots of Projects for you!!

https://theartsherpa.com/patron

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ATTENTION PAYPAL USERS: It has come to our attention that some of our members may still be donating under the old patron system. We would like to ask you, if you could, to switch your donation to the new patron system. But if you cannot, because you need to be donating through PayPal, please write support@theartsherpa.com and let us know what your donation amount is so we can match you to the right patron level manually. Also, if you want to donate through PayPal because it is your only option, until we can get through the hoops that PayPal wants us to get through, please use the following link to set up your 'recurring' donation. https://theartsherpa.com/paypalpatron Then please also write to support and let us know which level you are donating at so we can manually get you into the corresponding patron level on the website. We hope this helps those of you who want to donate but can't any other way than PayPal. We do ask if you can though to donate through the website.

A note From The Sherpa:

Hey guys thank you so much for all the support. The Patronage has really let me explore some my wilder idea's. Things I could never put on YouTube. I love our group so much. From our wild behind the scenes chats, strange long in group live streams and even to painting projects I have been itching to do. Like this Patron group only pastel. OHH she was fun

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Read the Blog for Art sherpa Tips and Videos

New Years Resolutions for Artists

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What you guys had to say !!

  • Joanne LaMar : To paint at least every month. To learn how to sell my paintings instead of just giving them to people who want them and to try new techniques in my paintings. Be bold.
  • Roseann Amaranto : Accept my artistic style for what it is. I’m more of a whimsical illustrative painter/artist even though I have an art degree and taught for 25 years. It’s what makes me happiest 🌹 💕
  • Tammy Racicot :To keep evolving into the artistic butterfly I've become. (never in my lifetime did I think I could achieve so much personal growth on so many levels from the most loving person/people who wanted me to succeed. When I never thought I could)
  • Renee Sanders : My artist New Years resolutions are to paint one painting of something I love every month, participate in Acrylic April and paint something new daily (only April) and paint enough wood circle ornaments to sell at the grandkids secret santa workshop. I am going to make myself a priory. I have put myself and my ambitions on the back burner for 2 years to raise my grandchildren, although they are still with me I am going to find some time for myself
  • tanya mARTin: Draw and paint everyday. Trust myself enough to venture away from tutorials/art hacks and find my own style. Continue to improve on what i have learned and step out of my comfort zone. Try new mediums and see what they have to offer.
  • Caren Kaziyev: To challenge myself and not stick with familiar techniques. In 2020 I challenge myself to try new things and be okay with my attempts not looking “perfect”. Just to keep at it.
  • Pamela Tilley Fisk : To stop judging myself against others. See my own colors.
  • Kim Nedland : To try and paint, and draw, even if my depression, makes me feel like can't do anything at all.
  • Brandy Orner : Just paint. Stop agonizing over planning, research and details and JUST PAINT!!!
  • Bryon Rice To paint more of how I feel, even if it's not realistic..so that others can feel the music I composed, which is the paint and the brush my instrument.
  • Stacey Wright : to organize all my supplies so I can start using them everyday!! And then start drawing/painting more often at least 3 times a week.. Hard when you have 2 little girls 4 and 7! Also my 7yr old is an amazing artist already and want to work and teach her more so I need to learn more and practice more to teach her skills i wish i was taught at a young age!! So hoping to do alot this year with her
  • thetolleycrew : My resolutions are to get out of my comfort zone, and paint loose. Not worry about every little detail. To find my own style.
  • luanajarecki : To enjoy life as it handed to me. Find humor in every aspect. Release my creative juices and make any art I can. At 71 I plan to do much more.


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Don't forget about our Awesome Retreat Channel. Where we house our Stress Free Zen painting experience with relaxing music and Sherpa paintings. It is the place to be to tuck away your cares and relax and let go of all your stresses and anxiety. Bookmark, subscribe and visit our Retreat Channel and see our full playlist here:

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The live site will be back up and running soon. The live site is an interactive continuous loop of of live music and video where you can chat with others. Keep an eye out for updates when we have it up .

And we will always strive to add more as time time allows.

We know that YouTube is making big changes. What those are and how they will affect us we don't know. To that end, we are doing one to two Live streams weekly on Facebook. We then move the popular streams to YouTube as a premier a few weeks later. We have a Watch page, and if you are signed up for Text Notifications you can catch these amazing gems as they happen! http://bit.ly/FacebookWatchArtSherpa

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Suggestions of things you would like to see are welcome! Send your comments/suggestions to support@theartsherpa.com. We have lots of tickets submitted to the TAS Tech Team that are being developed for implementation.

We are so excited to bring the functions you are asking for!


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NEVER miss a LIVE stream again!! Get Your Gnomifications on Live Events for Facebook, YouTube, and any thing new we cook up!

Just text: "TheArtSherpa" to 33222


Videos, Color, Paint, and More!


Until Next time:

"Happy Painting everyone! Keep cool, enjoy your journey, and share art whenever possible!
Be Good To yourselves. Be Good to each other, and I hope to see you at the easel real soon!"

-The Art Sherpa


The Art Sherpa Special Announcement Newsletter Publish date: September 2019
Cinnamon & John Cooney, Owners
Colleen Siegel, Contributor /Editor
CONTACT:
1-833-PAINT-88 https ://theartsherpa.com/Labs support@theartsherpa.com

The complete list of Acrylic paint Makers and Brands

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All these above the Line I personally use and like 




*Holbein Acrylic


*Golden Artist Colors


*Sennelier Acrylic Abstract(student) AND Acrylique 


http://www.sennelier-colors.com/*Abstract Acrylic Paint by Sennelier


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*M. Graham Artists' Acrylics
*Utrecht Artist Acrylic Colors
*Matisse Derivan Acrylic
Artist loft levels 1,2,*3 ( I endorse the level 3 of this line)
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Royal Talens
*Amsterdam Acrylic paint made by Royal Talens https://www.royaltalens.com/en-gb/
*Pebeo
DecoArt
*Americana Premium Acrylic Paint ( of the craft paint lines ) CraftersAcylics Gold Caps does try to address mixability and pigments colors as well.
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Liquitex and Liquitex basics
Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic
DALER ROWNEY Acrylic paint ( makes Several lines )
Soho Urban Acrylic paint
LUKAS CRYL Acrylics
Chroma Atelier Interactive
Creative Mark
Monte Marte
Francheville
Vallejo Acrylic
TriArt Acrylic
Lefranc Bourgeois Fine Acrylic
Maimeri Brera Artist Acrylics
Charvin acrylic paint
Arteza
Camel Camlin Acrylic
Masters Touch
Craft Smarter
Grumbacher
Reeves
https://myreeves.com/en/Reese heavy body acrylic
Plaid Folk Art
Delta
Global
Montana
Nova Color.
Art Scape Acrylic paint
https://www.myartscape.org/Sax True Flow Heavy Body paint
Jo Sonja’s artist acrylics
Kroma Artist Acrylics
Wyland Ecological Acrylics Mediums and Accessories
https://www.jerrysartarama.comPRIMA® ACRYLIC COLORS http://www.weberart.com/prima-acrylic-colors.html
Susan Scheewe Acrylics and Accessories
Schmincke Acrylic
Dr. Ph. Martin's Acrylics
Lascaux Acrylics and Mediums
Envirotex Lite Acrylic Coating
Da Vinci Fluid Acrylics and Sets
Marie's Acrylic Colour Set
Jerry's Studio Acrylic Turner
Acryl Gouache and Mediums
Creative Inspirations Acrylics, Mediums and
JACKSON'S : ARTIST ACRYLIC PAINT
Ara acrylics
C Roberson and Co acrylic
Daniel Smith
Fleur Acrylic paint
Unicorn Spit
Sargent Art Acrylic Paint Set
 
Createx Acrylics
Crayola Portfolio Series Acrylics
Blickrylic Student Acrylics
Faber and Castell acrylic
Derwent Academy Acrylic Paints

How to Paint Hocus Pocus For Halloween


By TheArtSherpa, 2019-09-15

If you Love the Sanderson Sisters and wanted to get your " Amok Amok Amok " on one of these acrylic  versions of the Tale Might be Just the trick. (note this is fan art) While the painting is mine The Hocus Pocus Characters that inspired this piece are not.So lets Call these three The Cosplayers of Hocus Pocus -

In the Beginning I created this design 

It has been wildly popular. But them I wanted to make some New ideas too this the Meeting of the Halloween Board . The Moon is Cosplaying Jack the Pumpkin King and the 3 sisters are Cosplaying the Sanderson Sisters. All costumes were  handmade because you know they are makers. 

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Need a little help -the video or This Handy Dandy Step by step 

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How easy is That to paint?? 

Need something even more simplified ?

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It is recommended when doing fan art that you create and paint for learning and enjoyment. 

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Steam Punk Girl


By TheArtSherpa, 2017-02-28
Steam Punk Girl

Steam punk is an amazing art style! This painting has a project  for how to create the patina for the background. A how to Draw the girl in that was LIVE on fb. We covered her in two awesome body types. BUT due to enthusiasm to create designs that are even more inclusive I went ahead and made her in 3 body types for the traceable. It is important that in a personal creative Process we create work that has a positive reflection of our world. A positive reflection of who we are and the people we love. I would encourage you to take advantage of the Hair and  Skin quests as well at the 3 trace-ables so that you can create a painting that feels personal. Paint yourself into your steampunk fantasy. 

Draw it :

Background :

The girl:

Pinterest : 

https://www.pinterest.com/cinnamoncooney/hart-party-trace-able-and-coloring-page/

Video Link

Facebook Video 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheArtSherpa/videos

Wizards and Artists make all the Muggles Nervous

When I tell people I am an artist they look at me as if I said I am a Wizard for a career path. In fact for years I dropped artist and said stay at home mom. Which still was received with more acceptance and respect than Artist. But I am out of the game closet and wearing my paint and smock proudly. Yes I am an Artist. My imagination is what I will be using to pay my light bill this month and no I will not be imagining the lights on. It is interesting how what you do and who you are can affect people. After all its not like I drug them out of their job and asked them to also be an Artist with me. We are not a cult we are a Culture! In fact artist, writers,chefs, and Musicians are what give us any sense of culture. In creation we are part of the divine and are therefore a little magical...scary. Perhaps our bare open honestly in the face of social convention is just to daring. Either way I am only daring to be myself.

London is Calling


By TheArtSherpa, 2017-02-14
London is Calling

I have been wanting to paint this story for a long time. A lone man walks a set of tracks in a storm on a journey to unknown parts. I expect to add lightning to the painting and love showing some new methods 

This will be 3 hoot painting~

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How to make your ATC Heart on Fire


By TheArtSherpa, 2017-02-05
How to make your ATC Heart on Fire

So we started our Art conversation about Artist Trading cards. Are you ready to swap? Get your little painting on?

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Learn about how make Artist Trading Cards !! Artist trading cards are part of the amazing world of Small format art. They Can be any media and a great way to collect art. Sometimes Called ATC's and if for sale ACEO's. This type of fun art has few Rules and lots of benefits to its creators. I will talk about methods, demo and ATC and even invite you into the exciting world of Swaps.
Materials and links and amazon affiliate Links below
Blank cards : http://amzn.to/2kFdX8F
Ultra Pro 3" X 4" Super Clear Premium Toploader 25ct: http://amzn.to/2jN1i4e
Magnifier Jewelry Visor Opitcal Glass Binocular Magnifie: http://amzn.to/2kdSuTq
Strathmore Artist Trading Cards 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. 400 series Acrylic Pack 10 cards: http://amzn.to/2l4Y9wS
Strathmore Artist Trading Cards 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. Assorted Pack 12 cards: http://amzn.to/2l596hN
SLEEVES: http://amzn.to/2jPfULB
Strathmore Art Trading Card Frame : http://amzn.to/2l5jrdA

ATC artist Trading cards~ for trade
Art Cards, Editions and Originals" (ACEOs)~ for sale
To join www.theartsherpa.com
Contact Alan Smith is running the this months community run Sherpette Swap run
I am very excited to announce the February Sherpa ATC Swap! Now that we have one month under our belt, many of us are feeling a little more confident as to how the ATC swap works. For any Sherpettes who are new to the ATC Swap, ATC’s can be a wonderful opportunity for artists to refine their skills by painting in miniature, experiment with different artistic mediums, find inspiration in the artwork friends have sent you, and uplift the spirit of other art friends by providing a bright spot in their day when an ATC is discovered in the mail.

SHERPETTE SWAP (Community ATC Swap)

As always, each ATC should be a handmade (not printed from a computer) piece of art and follow a few simple rules:

1. The dimensions must be 2.5 by 3.5 inches (so they fit in baseball card sleeves)
2. Must be done on cardstock or slightly harder (some use rice/cereal boxes)
3. Include your ARTSHERPA.COM NAME and MONTH/YEAR OF THE SWAP on the back of the ATC (for thank you’s)
4. Most Importantly ... HAVE FUN!

***The Sherpette ATC  is currently a community run artist trading card swap, The ART Sherpa and her team are not responsible for the ATC swaps, please send any questions or concerns regarding the sherpette Artist Trading Card Swap to Alan Smith at AlansArtAdventures@gmail.com.

Keep art in your heart,
Alan Smith - See more at: *********
https://theartsherpa.com/theartsherpa...
HISTORY : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_...

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Ball Room Girl Dress Give-away winner!


By StuntHands, 2017-01-07
Ball Room Girl Dress Give-away winner!

We wanted to say congratulations to the winner of the Ball Room Girls painting! @rebeccainspired  was our winner! She loved the the kraken dress the best, now she can enjoy them all! Thanks to everyone who participated in this, we had so much fun we plan on doing this again very soon!

~~Click here to get THIS image on a MUG~~

Ballroom Dress Give-away @ 1pm Central


By TheArtSherpa, 2016-12-30
Ballroom Dress Give-away @ 1pm Central

To Enter: Leave a comment below of your favorite Dress from the Ballroom Giveaway.

Check rules and guidelines as some restrictions apply. 

This is not sponsored or affiliated with Facebook in anyway. This is an Art Sherpa Giveaway
The official Rules:
The painting completed during the LIVE event on facebook will be given away to one lucky winner. Winner will be notified and must respond with confirmation within 48 hours of notification if the win. If they do not respond another winner will be selected. 
Contest is open  Contiguous United States  residents ages 18+ 
Entry Dates are Dec 30th 12pm noon 2016 to Jan 2nd 12pm noon 2017 CST.  
Winner will be selected randomly. 

To members of our global art community we will be sure and have another giveaway that is open outside of the USA soon. We had shipping limitations this time but hope to do more give-aways to our peeps globally too so keep watching for future events 

To learn how to paint your Own Ball Gown 

Copyright Terms and guidelines for New artist


Copyright terms and Guidelines for students and New artists












Copyright- the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

In Simple terms : The one who owns the design in all its iterations . The art is theirs


Plagiarism : : The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

In Simple terms : Knowingly passing of the work of someone else as their own


Exemption: A person licensing the art from another artist to legally Teach, reproduce , and generally use the art in as much the license allows. ( paint my photo is a good example )


Derivative : A “derivative work” is a work based upon one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted.

In Simple terms: there are many many artists painting owls. Another good example is remakes of famous out of copyright works


Iterative: expressing frequent repetition

Simple terms : since 2012 I have painted many girls in the rain walking. I play with color and location


Do crafters need to worry about Copyright like artists? YES

An Angel Policy: is a form of limited license that specifies how a rubber stamped image can be used and any specific requirements of the manufacturer or artist. Typically this outlines under what circumstances, if any, a stamper can make and sell items created using a manufacturer's rubber stamps.Fabric and paper can have limited use policies too!

Student work : a person who is studying art


Can student work be good?

YES it can. It can be mind blowingly good. Student art does not mean BAD ever.

In Simple terms : You are learning how


Commercial work : you are getting paid for what you are painting

In Simple terms: Your work is commercial as soon as you sell it. BUT you may not be a professional. This is legal stuff about how much you have to sell and dedicate to selling to be a professional VS Ameteur


Ameteur: one lacking in experience and competence in an art or science. You can sell work and still be ametuer.

In Simple terms : you are starting out and are looking to gain experience


Fair use: (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.


In Simple Terms : sometimes for Parody, Teaching, and Artistic commentary you can use a work that is under copyright. Like you are fine artist painting a collection about how Mcdonalds ate the world ( real example )

Exemptions to these. An example is that sip and paints are not covered by Fair use as they are commercial and entertaining in nature ( not a legal opinion but it came from a legal source )


Creative Commons : (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.

You can use this as described in the CC. follow the terms and you are Golden :)


Parallel thinking : When done in a group it effectively avoids the consequences of the adversarial approach (as used in courts). In adversarial debate, the objective is to prove or disprove statements put forward by the parties (normally two).

Simple terms is : In art this means we live in a Global community and can be effected by the same things at the same time coming to very similar outcomes. ( owls are awesome we all paint owls ) Rain is awesome we all paint rain BUT are we painting the Same owls or the Same rain?


Can you Copyright a style or a Technique?: No Style’s and technique’s can not be copyrighted.


Can I sell art from a class or workshop?

Ask the teacher they all have different rules


Can I show Art learned in a class?

Ask the Teacher and Read the entry rules ( always Depends )


If I have permission to sell my art from a class what is the cap I can sell it for?

If you are allowed to sell art from a class and there are no guidelines… For as much as you like. AS MUCH as you like as long as it follows the use policies of your teacher. You make have all kinds of limitations and it’s so easy to find out by asking. ( I have use policy on every video description)


Should Students copy

YES YES YES!! REALLY?? YES. You need to copy, look, at everything and try it all out.

As your teacher I really really want you to do an many tutorials and copies as you can store around your home :)


Is copying always bad

NOPE

Of course not otherwise we would never learn or grow


What should I do if I see “ stolen art”

If you think art is stolen you can always tell the artist and share a link.

Should I tell them they are a thief? #stolenart   

That sounds fun … not. NOT. Look I want to scream at artists I feel are stealing but the fact is there is soooo much I can't know that I must be cautious. Wrongly accusing someone can be legal trouble for you. You must balance what you feel is true against what you might not know. LIKE two artists legally used the same reference photo. OR two artist were moved by the same trend. Don't be the Art Police. It is great to talk and think about things like copyright and what that means to all of us as artist. BUT please don't be art cops. Don't go on social media accusing artists of stealing from each other. There are many things that can not and should not be copyrighted. "Style", "techniques" and "trends" being among them. Have you done due diligence to find the origin of an idea or just assumed. If you have a concern privately message that artist who's work you think is infringed on. They can decide for themselves if it is an issue and involve an attorney ... if it is. Perhaps the artist you think is wronged has taken liberties with art you have not seen or are not aware of. Things like Pouring Wine , Birds on branches, rainy days and Abstract cities are well covered territory in the art world. Things can feel similar and be legally different in every way. You may not be aware of permission given or a license legally obtained. The use policies of Nintendo are very different from the use policies of Blizzard. Star Trek vs Disney.


If I change 30% of the painting is it now original? ..nope that an artist urban myth but one of my favorites. How much is 30% of a painting. Great Art game to play look at a painting change 30% in your mind. How could you know you crossed the legal limits?


Can it be really similar and not be a copy? YES that can happen too. Trends and popular styles can make work seem familiar when in fact it is very different 


Can you be REALLY similar without seeing the other work of art

YES YES YES because we all share a world that has memes, trends, and other influencing images that can imbed themselves into our lives. We have CC images , WIKI, and places like PMP. We are not as original as we think and feel sometimes.


I did not see it as an excuse?

( OK Maybe... but is it likely you have seen it?) do you know the artist ? Is there work well known? Do you run in the same Circles and Social media ? Was it popular or Viral. Is google/youtube likely to have put it in your recommended feed?


Sometimes I did not see it IS a valid excuse !

If you don’t know the artist, share NO common ties, they or you do not have a large following on social media and the image has not been widely seen. You can’t have copied what you did not see. You can not know what you do not know.

Does it have to be painted or can it just be an idea ? Can my thought be stolen ? It must be out of the head and clearly put to some media.


If I do have similar work and it’s an accident what can I do: If it is not in copyright infringement you can ignore it and refer them to your legal counsel or

( my fav) If you do feel that this has happened you can reach out and talk to the other artist. LOTS of things can be worked out with communication. You gotta do what’s right for you here


What do I do If did not copy and I am being accused of stealing :

Tell them you are not and give them a chance to reasonably talk to you. If that fails Snapshot, store in file, and Block. If it keeps happening share with your lawyer.

IF two paintings look a lot alike ( LIKE A LOT) Who has the copyright?. Whoever was first ( unless it’s in the public domain )


Can I copy a famous painting ? MAYBE

Public Domain


If it is out of copyright then YES. All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. Works published after 1922, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication. If the work was created, but not published, before 1978, the copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. Dead artist does not automatically mean you can copy a painting.


FAN ART: probably not a good idea BUT ( I keep doing it cause I am a fan ) some places are great about it and some are not. If you mess with the mouse (Mickey joke ) you may be removing the painting. Try to be a fan though and not monetize your fan art.

The ART POLICE can only respond to what you share and publically display. They do not know what is in your home so if you want to try your hand at a painting while your learning my two cents is do it ( not legal advice)



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