Paint With Karen Ilari

Learn to paint Nature's Beauty in Acrylic paints - Step by Step

Getting Started

Welcome to my FREE Acrylic Painting teaching and sharing website!

This is a FREE website, just SIGN UP in the box to the right to join in!

(Subscribing at $10 per month is OPTIONAL - there is a link to the right for a $10 a month recurring donation, or further down on the page you can make a one time donation in any amount - and Thank you!)

The focus is ACRYLIC PAINTING. Learn from videos, tutorial, critiques and sharing

Click on the "CLASSROOM" tab above and choose a video or lesson to get started painting today.

Click this link to a video if you need help signing up  How to sign up and a tour of the website


Watch this video and you will learn how! :)


DVD's of my Videos

I have had some requests for a DVD of my video painting tutorials. So, to answer that request. I have 2 DVD's currently available. These include all the parts of series, plus the reference photo and photos of the finished painting.

"Summer Daydream" the DVD

Summer Pond looks the same, just with the Summer Pond painting on it :)

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Please note! Shipping on videos is delayed to Sept 6th as I am out of town!

Getting Help

Posting Paintings....

There are a couple of ways you can share your paintings with the group:

1. Just share, no critique

You can post up to 3 paintings a day - go to your "My Page" tab or just post them below in "Latest Activity". Photos posted will be admired and enjoyed, but will not get an in depth critique. So if you aren't interested in suggestions for changing or improving your painting from myself and other members, just post the photo. So, for members commenting -

please don't critique a photo unless it is specifically requested by the artist.

Positive comments are always good! We don't want anyone to be discouraged! There is also a "sharing only, no critiques" discussion category you can use.

To see all the photos recently posted, go to the "Photos" tab above and choose "All Photos"

2. Learn specific ways to improve your paintings through Constructive Critiques

Go to the "Forum" tab and start a discussion - there is a short video above if you need help with this. Use the Constructive Critique Category when you post the discussion - that is the default category, so if you don't change it you will automatically be in Constructive Critiques.

I, and your fellow members will do our best to give you concrete suggestions as to what you can do to improve your painting, and also what specifically is working well. This is all in the spirit of learning and growing as we are all on this journey together! When you post your painting and open it up to critique, you are helping many other members who aren't ready to do that. We all make many of the same mistakes when we are learning, and so can all benefit from reading through these critiques. When you look at someone else's painting for how it could be improved, it is somehow much easier than seeing the faults in our own "children" :)

So, lets see those paintings!


What's New?

Just Finished!

The first video in a Plein Air Painting Classroom. This one is about supplies and gear

check it out here: Plein Air Classroom

More will follow with an actual painting...


Critiques please!

Started by Linda Wooding in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Jeannie Maddox 3 minutes ago. 5 Replies

This is another practice piece, 30 X 24, oil on stretched canvas.  Thanks to our Paul Turner who has a wealth of information on You Tube sites!!  This is a copy from Kevin Hill's demo of Pastel Morning Wave.…Continue

Fresh painting

Started by Paul in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by LizJ 38 minutes ago. 5 Replies

I hope everyone is doing well. I have not been feeling well the last few weeks so doing much of anything has been almost out of the question. I finished this painting in about two and a half weeks. Comments and critiques are most welcome and no…Continue

Tags: waterfalls, Sunset

Flask On a Corner Table -WIP Greyscale Sketch/Pencil

Started by Lynda Dinneen in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Lynda Dinneen 22 hours ago. 24 Replies

After 3 color sketches for composition and color etc. The client is thrilled with the way the full-tonal pencil sketch played out. For reference I will be using that sketch for the painting, but thought you might like to see all the fussing that…Continue

Critiques welcome

Started by Linda Wooding in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Linda Wooding yesterday. 19 Replies

This is another copy that I took a palette knife to for a huge amount of texture on the trunk of the maple tree, although you can't really see it on screen.The Maple…Continue

Latest Activity

Jeannie Maddox commented on Sharon Cullen's photo


" I'm  Mr.  Owl to you !!!!  he says..... great job Sharon... thanks for explaining your  steps... would love to be  able to sit  and watch you do it..."
17 seconds ago
Jeannie Maddox replied to Linda Wooding's discussion Critiques please!
"2nd   look!!!!!!!      ALIVE !!!!!!"
3 minutes ago
Sharon Cullen commented on Sharon Cullen's photo


"This owl is a mixed media piece that first started with acrylic glazes in green gold and metallic gold. Then I add charcoal powder and erased certain areas to make it look like grass, then I used charcoal pencil and soft pastel to bring the owl to…"
26 minutes ago
Sharon Cullen posted a photo
28 minutes ago

Want Help With Your Painting?

If you would like me, and your fellow members to give you constructive ideas on your painting

Just follow these steps! Go to the "Forum" Tab

Click the "Create a New Discussion" tab. Download your photo, and your photo reference if applicable.

Let us know what you would like help with!


OPTIONAL - If you would like to help support our website on a monthly basis, click on this button to set up a recurring $10 per month payment. And if you can help it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Thank You!

I wanted a way to say Thank You to those that have contributed financially to the website. Your help is completely voluntary and so appreciated!

So Thank You!

Patron Members ($10/month Subscribers)

Lynda Dineen, LizJ, Linda Wooding, Lynn Hedrick, Allen Thompson, Marti Major, Betty Visotski and Paul Zarzeka !

Red Dot Members (individual contributions)

Wanda McDonald, Terry Bowman, Paparay, Bill Done, Don, John Redfern, Cee Dee, Gilles Leveille, Elena, Don Stier, Denise Thornton,  Rhonda Shumway-Luna, Peter Brooker and Kathleen Anduze!

Multiple Red Dot Members (Ok, I couldn't come up with a clever name for multiple contributions!)

John Mitchelmore, John Blank

And thank you to everyone who is contributing with their comments and paintings and interest as well!

You guys are the best!




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