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New Dice Game Roll

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Jan 26, 2018. 3 Replies

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 Jan 29, 2018. 22 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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Purple Tree

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Purple Tree

Here is a 10" x 10" I painted recently. In my more colorful style :)
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Purple Heart

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Purple Heart

"Cool color and wonderful feel to it.  I like it!"
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Purple Heart

I've started on a series of trees done in fantasy colors. The paintings are 24" x 24" which is pretty big for me.It started with contemplating the way we see color. The color we see an object being - like a green tree - is actually the color the…
Jan 20
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Emery's discussion Seascape
"Hi Charles. Nice painting! I was out painting plein air on the Oregon Coast this week. It was windy and cold!"
Jul 13, 2018
Patricia Soik commented on Karen Ilari's page Individualized, Personal Help with Your Paintings
"Hi Karen:  I purchased the Personal Tutor program today....I am just a very beginner.  I started the lavender field painting but feel stuck already.  Let me know how I can get a photo of it to you.  I'm still on the…"
Jun 24, 2018
Karen Ilari replied to Denise Thornton's discussion Bluebell woods
"Wow it's beautiful Denise! I feel like I'm right there! How big is it? And that is some amazing perseverance. 3 years!  I think the subject matter is very fitting a path through the woods, that's kind of like the journey you took…"
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"Beautiful Charles!"
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The Bale

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"Great job Charles! you really captured her expression!"
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Surf at sunset

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Many years
What other mediums have you used?
Oils, pastels, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor
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Karen Ilari's Blog

Painting Big and Loose

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 4:30pm 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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