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New Dice Game Roll

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So I did another roll in our inspirational dice game.You can watch the roll on Facebook here:…Continue

Tags: inspiration, challenge, game, dice

A Game!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari on Saturday. 12 Replies

Want to play a "game" with me?Really it's more like an inspiration tool. I find I can sometimes get more creative when I'm working within limitations. I thought you might want to play it with me!…Continue

Tags: inspiration, challenge, game

New You Tube videos

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I just posted a couple of new videos to youtube!Check them out here:…Continue

Painting a Parks Scene - Green grass, green trees.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari May 4, 2017. 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

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Karen Ilari posted a discussion

New Dice Game Roll

So I did another roll in our inspirational dice game.You can watch the roll on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/karenilariart/videos/1793589450716198/And here is the list of elements I rolled:Spring, Neutrals, Flowers, Foreground, Ocean, Blue, Sunset/Sunrise, VehicleSo my new rule is that you can disregard one of the dice.If you didn't get in on the first round and the explanation…See More
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Hi Cindy, There are no write or wrong answers to this one :) Just a way to be inspired! Yes, please do upload your painting in a comment when you are done, I'd love to see it!"
Cindy Burke replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"I'm still working on mine, but I have a lot more different colors in mine, some purple but not as much as you. I haven't painted in a while and almost fell like I'm starting all over again. I agree with Charles statement totally. Good…"
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"It was interesting to do. Not sure I stepped out of my comfort zone to do something really different as was my intent. Oh well. Moody Purples maybe :) My purples always seem to go more blue in my photos. The rustish colors on the overhanging leaves…"
Jan 16
Charles Eisener replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Hmmm.  Good center of focus, nice lead in, true to the criteria, and quite abstract in design; enough detail to define the setting but very loose overall.  I think you have a winner!!  Moody Blues? The studio is in NC and I am in…"
Jan 16
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Well, I think I've let this one simmer long enough... any one else still working on one? This is what I came up with:"
Jan 16
Karen Ilari replied to Marion's discussion Moonlit Shore
"You're so welcome!"
Jan 15
Karen Ilari replied to John G DeMoss's discussion Gouache
"Hi John, I don't have any experience with gouache either. I do like the look though. The opaque look is very interesting. Please share what you learn with us! :)"
Jan 15
Karen Ilari replied to Marion's discussion Moonlit Shore
"Hi Marion, Yes! much more like a night scene. Sarah gave you come great advice on this one. I think one of the great benefits of painting is that it is an incentive to really look at things in the world around us. When you are thinking about trying…"
Jan 15
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Here's my start! Haha, I don't want to post any more until you guys get your ideas flowing :)"
Jan 11
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Art Inspiration Game

In Case you didn't see it, I started a discussion with a new game idea to help with inspiration for paintings.Check it out in the discussions!…
Jan 11
Karen Ilari replied to Maggie Zhou's discussion vineyard
"You are very welcome Maggie!"
Jan 11
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"You are so welcome Wanda! That would work too! You're throw looks like a good one! Can't wait to see how it turns out!"
Jan 11
Karen Ilari replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Hi Cindy, Great explanation by Charles below for the meaning of saturated. Thanks Charles! I was looking through my videos to see if I have one on basic color terms and concepts and realized I don't have one! I'll have to get on that! The…"
Jan 11
Wanda McDonald replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"This is really great Karen. I do not have any dice so I made eight 1/2 sheets in table format for each one. So instead of rolling a dice I just look away, while turning and turning a sheet then just point down and go with whatever my finger lands…"
Jan 11
Charles Eisener replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Saturated would indicate "full-strength", bright, intense colours as opposed to muted and subdued.  Not garish per se, but well lighted with fair amount of colour.  Being a  fall sunny setting, one might expect bright fall…"
Jan 11

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Painting Big and Loose

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

Check out this little blog about the process of painting this one by clicking the link below:

Snapdragons - an adventure in painting big and loose…


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.

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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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