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! :)


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!



Color, Color, Color

Started by Lynda Dinneen in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by Lynda Dinneen 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

Some days I feel a bit like a boxer in a ring...warring with my stated goal is to use the smallest number of colors to do the most amount of work in the pursuit of harmony.  I have always adhered to the saying, "To much is not enough!"…Continue


Started by David Good in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by David Good 2 hours ago. 16 Replies

Mobility is the title of this painting.It is an abstract acrylic on a 36"x36" canvas.I wanted to do something with only two colors and the best two I know of are Black and White.Tools used on this painting included, 2" brushes, #10 flat brush,…Continue

Tags: spatula, basting, brush, sponge, squeegee

Show starts tomorrow night.

Started by John N Blank in Constructive Critiques. Last reply by John Redfern 13 hours ago. 12 Replies


I need more Rehab!

Started by David Good in General Discussions. Last reply by David Good 19 hours ago. 9 Replies

"Hello, my name is David."(everyone say "hello David")"I am a returning canvasholic."(everyone gasp, then clap in support of my bravery - again)I was doing so good for so long, but I made the mistake of walking into my main art supply store this…Continue


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Thank you! Karen

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

Lynda Dinneen replied to Lynda Dinneen's discussion Color, Color, Color
"You make me smile Linda. While the battle rages vs color, it is such a necessary rite of…"
1 hour ago
David Good replied to David Good's discussion Mobility
"Thank you so much Mark."
2 hours ago
Mark Schuster replied to David Good's discussion Mobility
"Wonderful work. When I first looked at it I couldn't believe this was on canvas. It has so…"
2 hours ago
Profile IconJcccat, Dottie Massaro and Suzanne Callahan joined Paint With Karen Ilari
9 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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