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How to paint a Fall tree

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-12-09
How to paint a Fall tree

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Painting a Fall tree 

#1 Find a Shape that is irregular and interesting to your eye. Remember this shape is three dimensional. 

#2 Tree Meditation for Artists

Get comfortable, Close your eyes, and breathe in and out slowly to the count of 4. 

To help you “ see” the tree better imagine the tree you are painting on a pedestal that is turning . 

Now Add light to the tree from the sun. Feel how warm the sun is. Add a soft breeze. 

In your minds picture of your tree as it is turning see the light falling on it and the breeze blowing through it. Can you see its irregular surface. How each leaf is looking for light and rain?  

Stop the tree at the view you want to paint it. Keep the light shining on it and the breeze blowing through it. The tree you are painting today is a living breathing thing. Do this for 5 or so minutes until you feel you can see your tree clearly. Once this is done your Artists mind is open and ready to paint. 

Open your eyes. 

#3 Paint in your deepest fall value for your tree keeping your base tree form. Use the edge of your brush scumbling in the leaves softly. Add your truck and some Bark highlights. Add the deepest value of landscape around the tree. 

#4 Add your darker midtones finding those highlights and leaves. The ones you visualized in the shade of other leaves nearer the light. These are the leaves where a small bird may be resting in the heat of the day.  Can you see the form? Can you see the shapes?

#5 It’s time to find the next layer now a brighter lighter mid tone! WOW this tree is coming together. With the corner of your brush add little leaf outliers. Remember your tree those leaves twisting in and out of the light? By now you should see dimensions of form coming out of your canvas. 

#6 Finally the highlights are lifting up! Bits of highlighted sparkle. Tree glitter. These are the leaves shining in the sun. Yes that is what Shining in the sun means. The diamond effect  all around your trees. The glow. Add delicate touches. 

#7 Now breath. You have painted a tree. A great Tree! A fun Tree. Keep practicing your artist eye when you are bored or falling asleep. In no time your dreams will be full of comforting branches.


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Grateful Art Newsletter 2020

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-10-27

Grateful Art 2020

Nov 1 to Nov 7th Daily live streams 1 pm EST 

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Live streaming  Youtube  and  Facebook 

Watch what platform works best for you 

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Full Playlist ( Save this for future use)

Materials for the Week 

You may use other materials then what is shown here. 

*** Acrylic Paint Colors *** ***Yellow Ocher:PY 43 - ***Burnt Sienna: PBr 7 ***Burnt Umber: PBr 7 ***Cadmium Yellow Medium : PY 35 ***Cadmium Red medium : PR 108 ( ***Cadmium Orange: PO 20 OR ***Cadmium Red Light: PR 108  ) ***Phthalo Green Blue shade : PG 7 - ***Phthalo Blue Green shade :PB 15:3 ***Dioxazine Purple: PV 23 - ***Ultramarine blue: PB 29 - ***Quinacridone Magenta (fuscia) : PR 122 ***Titanium white: PW 6 ***Mars black: PBk 11 ( ***Zinc White?: PW 4 Or Tint white :  )
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Watercolor Materials  140 lb cold press watercolor paper Fabriano 1 Gelli Pen Pencil I am using these watercolors Sennelier L'Aquarelle French Watercolor Paint -Lemon Yellow (501) -French Vermilion (675) -Alizarin Crimson (689) -Carmine (635) -Dioxazine Purple (917) -Ultramarine Deep (315) -Phthalocyanine Blue (326) -Forest Green (899) -Phthalo Green Light (805) -Burnt Sienna (211) -Payne's Grey (703) -Warm Sepia (440)
Need supplies we have a store ?  
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Also we have brushes in stock  at  The Art Sherpa Store  

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Sign up for our text notifications to get a reminder from us for any live streams we do 

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All videos are available for replay after the live stream to watch anytime 

Day 1-Acrylic 

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Day 2 - watercolor 


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Day 3 - Watercolor 


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Day 4 - watercolor 


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Day 5

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Day 6 


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Day 7 


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Did you see the palette knife classes we have been doing on Youtube ? The green floral is this Friday 

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Stuck inside ?? Join us for a Great fun Halloween painting D&D 12 " round canvas 

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Here is a free gift for you and your family! 

Using a Non Toxic in stamp, food color, OR Watercolor  you can make these cute creatures and finish them with a Regular sharpie 


Have wet wipes on hand to clean up! Save Download and Print out. you can paint fingerprints with watercolor 


How would you like a year of healing transforming art ?

Lifebook 2021 


Main Course 

The Eternal Garden. 

Together we will create an ideal fantasy garden landscape. I will show you how to make a Fantastical Fairytale  world that can reflect the hopes and dreams of your personal paradise. We will hide messages and symbolism  in our paintings as constant reminders of our hopes and dreams. Our images on the surface  will be ideal garden retreats but with a closer look reveal the world beneath the world. Hidden objects, messages  and treasure. It will be much more than just a beautiful fantasy  painting. It will be a bright colorful energy soul painting. 

This is a Concept study. I have done 10 concept sketches just for Lifebook 2021 


There is also a Free Gift that I made just for Lifebook 2021--- If you love Waterbears you want that gift 

Classes weekly 30 teachers including me 


Guess What ?? We are on Roku now  !!  


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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 !!


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 And here is the website with rules

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The facebook page :

The website:

The group :

Acrylic April Testimonials

  • Lydia Duncan-Mabry : That I truly can do 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


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


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!


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.



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:


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


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 .



In patron group Watercolor !!

Patrons of the Art Sherpa

We have lots of Projects for you!!

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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 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. 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 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:


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!

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Suggestions of things you would like to see are welcome! Send your comments/suggestions to 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
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The complete list of Acrylic paint Makers and Brands


All these above the Line I personally use and like 

*Holbein Acrylic

*Golden Artist Colors

*Sennelier Acrylic Abstract(student) AND Acrylique*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
*Americana Premium Acrylic Paint ( of the craft paint lines ) CraftersAcylics Gold Caps does try to address mixability and pigments colors as well.
Liquitex and Liquitex basics
Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic
DALER ROWNEY Acrylic paint ( makes Several lines )
Soho Urban Acrylic paint
Chroma Atelier Interactive
Creative Mark
Monte Marte
Vallejo Acrylic
TriArt Acrylic
Lefranc Bourgeois Fine Acrylic
Maimeri Brera Artist Acrylics
Charvin acrylic paint
Camel Camlin Acrylic
Masters Touch
Craft Smarter
Reeves heavy body acrylic
Plaid Folk Art
Nova Color.
Art Scape Acrylic paint 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
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
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. 

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The girl:

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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 :
Ultra Pro 3" X 4" Super Clear Premium Toploader 25ct:
Magnifier Jewelry Visor Opitcal Glass Binocular Magnifie:
Strathmore Artist Trading Cards 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. 400 series Acrylic Pack 10 cards:
Strathmore Artist Trading Cards 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. Assorted Pack 12 cards:
Strathmore Art Trading Card Frame :

ATC artist Trading cards~ for trade
Art Cards, Editions and Originals" (ACEOs)~ for sale
To join
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.


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

Keep art in your heart,
Alan Smith - See more at: *********

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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!

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