Paint With Karen Ilari

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

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Welcome to my FREE Acrylic Painting teaching and sharing website!

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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! :)



Old wooded chapel

Started by John N Blank in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Linda Wooding 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

The old wooden chapel. 12 x 12  I guess this falls in with what I have…Continue

Work in progress

Started by Charles Eisener in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Charles Eisener 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

OK, here is where I get some of my own back! This boat had been pulled into a repair facility on the shore of the St Lawrence River in northern NY. Nice docksiders in the background, Dave. The mast with…Continue

Paint savers & stuff

Started by Charles Eisener in General Discussions. Last reply by Charles Eisener 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

The fast drying time of acrylics can also be a liability when it comes to saving paint, particularly if you have made a mixture you will be needing again for the current work. These snap lid containers were found in a local "dollar" store and I got…Continue

A question of shadowing

Started by Berit Wanvik in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Linda Wooding 7 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hi,I just finished å landscape with no reference photos.  The shadows I choose to come from where I was standing.  As you probably can see, I put a glow on one cloud in the back.  A friend concluded that my shadows were wrong, because the sun must…Continue

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!



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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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Latest Activity

Linda Wooding replied to John N Blank's discussion Old wooded chapel
"Thanks John, I'm going to check it out now. Thanks for the tip!"
2 hours ago
Charles Eisener replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Work in progress
"This was done with the traditional modeling paste. The lightweight variety is also more flexible,…"
3 hours ago
Charles Eisener replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Paint savers & stuff
"Using small canvas panels (like 9 x 12) on a full size easel can be a pain. The lower support/shelf…"
3 hours ago
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Work in progress
"Looking good! I may break down and try some modeling paste yet! "
4 hours 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, Kathleen Anduze and Charles Eisener!

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

John Mitchelmore, John Blank, Peter Brooker

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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