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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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...


Light house bay

Started by John N Blank in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by LizJ 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Here is my 1st. try at standing water and this is my best cloud painting…Continue

Out On October Fields - Color build up...

Started by Lynda Dinneen in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by LizJ 1 hour ago. 7 Replies

WIP-4.jpgOut On October Fields is inspired by the huge and interesting shaped fields…Continue

A painting inspired by music

Started by LizJ in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by LizJ 1 hour ago. 9 Replies

This is a current project I am working on, a painting inspired by a piece of music by David Stanley.  I have chosen track 7 and I am attempting to paint a stoney river bed with fast flowing water and sitting on top will be a few bright autumnal…Continue

Tags: stream, stones, riverbed, Water

1st painting in 25 years...

Started by Brad Powell in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Brad Powell 6 hours ago. 16 Replies


Latest Activity

LizJ replied to John N Blank's discussion Light house bay
"Great work on the water and yes brilliant white fluffy clouds well done! My eye is rather drawn to the red post/buoy on the lower right May tone it down ever so slightly what do you think? I may be way off so feel free to ignore me. ;). John you are…"
1 hour ago
LizJ replied to Lynda Dinneen's discussion Out On October Fields - Color build up...
"I had to look that up too! Lol. Ok brought my glass ;)"
1 hour ago
LizJ replied to LizJ's discussion A painting inspired by music
"Ha ha Really, you see wet water? Funny I must be just looking at it differently ,or as they say just too close to the elephant ;) this nearly went in the bin! Lol ok will be plodding on with it then, love the 'Grounding suggestion' Thank…"
1 hour ago
LizJ replied to LizJ's discussion A painting inspired by music
"Aww thanks Linda, great suggestion! Now what colours shall I mix Hmm , I'm still using the same eight colour pallet as per Karens tutorial, so don't want to introduce a ready made colour like umber, but will play with my mixing to get…"
1 hour 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, Naruemon Srisawarng, 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 and Rhonda Shumway-Luna!

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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