Karen Ilari
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Karen Ilari's Discussions

Painting a Parks Scene - Green grass, green trees.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari May 4. 6 Replies

Wanda was just mentioning that she is going to be doing a plein air event this year in a park that is mostly green grass and green trees, and did I have any suggestions! I thought a few of you might…Continue

Tags: green, air, plein

Video Critique

Started Mar 5 0 Replies

Hi all,Cheryl very kindly let me use her painting to do a little video critique. Thank you Cheryl!I know some of you are hesitant to post your paintings for critique, feeling like you aren't "good…Continue

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New Challenge?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda Wooding Mar 31. 7 Replies

Well it's been a while!!! What do you guys think? Should we do a new challenge?What ideas do you have?There has been one vote for a still life challenge. My old age is creeping in and I can't…Continue

A new Facebook page for Sharing!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wenda Spooner Oct 5, 2016. 1 Reply

Just wanted to let you know I've started a new Facebook page for anyone who considers themselves my student! Whether you have taken classes, watched videos, or are thinking about it :)It's another…Continue

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Karen Ilari commented on D. Scott Brewer's photo


"Nice! That is the key Scott, figuring out how to give the impression of detail without drawing in every little thing. Learning to squint and see the larger shapes. The areas where one element blends into the next because it is of a similar value.…"
2 hours ago
Karen Ilari commented on Mary's photo


"Ooh I love this Mary! I love the pops of dark red that set off the green. The knife work makes for such interesting texture and the impression of detail. excellent!"
2 hours ago
Karen Ilari commented on Diane Easley's photo


"How fun! so full of attitude. Nice!"
2 hours ago
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion "Through The Windshield"
"Lovely! ha - the sheep shaped clouds really add even more humor to the scene, don't they :)"
2 hours ago
Karen Ilari commented on Ken Dinneen's photo


"Nice one! He looks like a very friendly fellow!"
Karen Ilari commented on Ken Dinneen's photo


"Looking good Ken!"
Karen Ilari replied to Madeleine Shulman's discussion Evening glow
"Hi Madeleine! There are your beautiful bold colors and brushstrokes again! I love it! I really think the only thing you are missing is a sense of depth. Your color intensity and value is the same throughout, so we aren't getting that. The…"
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion My First Commission
"I'm glad to be helpful Mike. I do my best to explain my process as much as I can - which is not always easy when you are working with something intuitive like art! I think it does improve the painting to bring both sides of the brain into play.…"
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion My First Commission
"Wow, this is going to be a tough one Mike. The fence is so prominent and contrasts strongly with the snow so it really grabs my attention.  And I don't think it helps your composition. The foreground one blocks our entry and the one on the…"
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion "Through The Windshield"
"How fun Mike! You've added color and a whimsical quality to this scene which is very appealing! You have given us a story about the personalities of these sheep. Just kind of strewn across the landscape with no concern about being in the way!…"
Jul 14
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion "Dry Tortugas"
"No worries :)"
Jul 13
Karen Ilari commented on Marshall Beretta's photo

Meeting of the Rails

"I love your stories Marshall! Really nicely painted, too. Lovely!"
Jul 13
Karen Ilari commented on Marshall Beretta's photo


"Love it! The composition, the idea, the story, the color all beautiful! And then you painted it beautifully, too. Very fun!"
Jul 13
Karen Ilari commented on Marshall Beretta's photo

Mission Courtyard

"Excellent Marshall! What a lovely painting! Congratulations on your win! Very well deserved :) Thank you for sharing!"
Jul 13
Karen Ilari commented on Tony Marino's photo


"Nice Tony! That is an excellent way to lead your viewer and define your focal point! Well done!"
Jul 13
Karen Ilari commented on Deborah Alavosius's photo

Spring Trees

"Nice job Deborah! Those rocks are amazing! It looks like a lot of love went into this one :) Nice sense of depth, too. Spring!"
Jul 13

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
Many years
What other mediums have you used?
Oils, pastels, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor
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Always want to learn more!
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Something I Learned From Painting

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 12:57pm 2 Comments

A new blog :)

This one might make you laugh out loud :)

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Choosing a Photo for Reference

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 11:20am 0 Comments

Ever have trouble knowing what to look for in a reference photo?

Here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.

Click here to read the blog on Choosing a Photo

Wet vs Dry - Acrylics Dry Darker - The Proof!

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 2:02pm 4 Comments

Wet vs Dry - Acrylics Dry Darker - The Proof!

So one of the things we deal with when painting with acrylics is that they dry darker then they seem when they are wet.

How many times have you walked away from a canvas thinking your highlights are just right, your value…


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At 9:58am on April 9, 2016, Mary said…

Thanks Karen for your response.  I did just discover the "Photos" page and that is a good way for me to do it as an option.  

If(when) it does get upgraded it would be great if you could alert us to that so we can start using that feature.  Thanks!

At 9:39am on April 9, 2016, Mary said…

Hi Karen:  

I have a question about the web site - when I am looking thru What's on your Easel on the right hand side, with their pictures and comments, - when I click to respond to someone and then hit either the back arrow on the computer, or "More" on your site,  it  takes me back to the beginning of the list.  

Is there a way that I'm missing that can get me directly to the place I left off at?

If not,  would it be possible to add that feature - would really save time.

Thanks, Mary

At 3:54pm on February 15, 2016, Mary said…

Yes Karen - that helps.  

Thanks also for your 1st critique and suggestions.  I actually did use two different blues for the lower and upper horizons but they didn't show up as distinctly in the picture as they do here live.

 Nonetheless, I should be able to improve that without redoing all of it (hopefully).  I think I will stay with the warmer sky colors because so much of the effort I've invested for underground layers includes those purples/blues and I'm afraid to add a new one into the mix (if I was YOU, that would be different!)  

I will try to add the tiny bit of yellow to the mountain shadows and see how that feels - they would be a little easier to revert back if it doesn't seem right.  

Thanks for your encouragement and tips.  Very helpful and I'll be back in touch for another round in the near future.  The wedding is 4/30/16!  

At 1:25pm on February 15, 2016, Mary said…

Hi Karen:  

I tried to following your directions to send you the Tutor pics and text of what I'm hoping to accomplish first.  Unfortunately, I don't know how or where to check on the site to see if anything actually reached you - or to check on it.  

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious here and in reality I am not as technically challenged as I may seem to be on this site.   I would expect that, privately, I would be able to go to a Tutor section on My Page perhaps and it would be located there.  I'll wait for your guidance and thanks in advance.  

(Thanks for inviting me to be your friend - I suspect that is how it gets started because otherwise I wouldn't have know how to reach you privately.)


At 6:53am on January 16, 2016, Phyllis Burnett said…
I made the color cards yesterday and will paint the red bush piece today. Thank you for responding. Phyllis
At 6:28am on December 30, 2015, Mary said…

My pleasure Karen - thanks for all you do for us and for this site! Mary

At 11:10am on November 13, 2015, Charles Eisener said…

Your community and your own insights are well worth supporting.

At 5:07pm on October 21, 2015, Dan Lefebvre said…

Thanks so much Karen.

At 10:11pm on October 10, 2015, Kathryn Hardsog said…

Thank you. I'm looking forward to this month's challenge.  It's a beautiful photo and will be lots of fun experimenting with the great fall colors.

At 6:31am on October 7, 2015, Naomi Norris said…

Hi Karen, just watched Red Tree videos...  very helpful.  I am wondering how much larger you paint and do you use larger brushes on larger paintings?  Also, do you glaze?


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