Karen Ilari
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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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Having trouble accessing the website?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Eisener Sep 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Just wanted to let you know that there have been some issues lately with being able to access the website.The site runs on a platform hosted by Ning.com - it seems they are currently being purchased…Continue

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Ian Greig commented on Karen Ilari's photo

Crow's Eye View

"Very nice Karen,great foreground and depth."
4 hours ago
Wanda McDonald commented on Karen Ilari's photo

Crow's Eye View

"Beautiful Karen....your foliage is wonderful and I love Mr. Crow. I love your paintings of this bridge. I am once again doing the Opus Outdoor Challenge May 7th....acrylics on 8 x 10 canvas board. I'll be in Portage Park in Langley, B.C. which…"
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Karen Ilari commented on Wanda McDonald's photo

Negative Painting...

"I love it Wanda! I find negative painting really effective especially with foliage. And you can always use a combination of painting in the general shapes - as opposed to painting the whole area in greens -  and then painting back in the sky…"
13 hours ago
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Crow's Eye View

This is the St Johns bridge in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon (where I live) A view I caught last fall on one of my walks. We have lots of crows in the neighborhood as well!9x12 regular and open acrylics on a 1 3/4" deep stretched…
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"I have found out that it is a Black Headed Grosbeak. Fun. Isn't it though Sarah?!"
13 hours ago
Sarah Irland commented on Karen Ilari's photo


"Yes, Wow, indeed.  Nature is amazing!"
14 hours ago
Karen Ilari replied to Albert Schmidt's discussion Lavender Field
"This is really nice Albert! Your colors are more subtle than mine which brings a whole new look to the painting.  I love it! Your values are right on which gives you the freedom to adjust the color and still have the realism.  You achieved…"
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Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Sunset on the gulf
"Nice Russ! Very colorful! And a cute little dog! Keep up the good work!"
Karen Ilari commented on David Gibson's photo

Cold Bridges

"Love how this turned out!"
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Tapping The Heat

"Wow, nice one! Unexpected beauty :)"
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Picking Posies

"uh oh, now you have 12 more paintings to do! :) What a sweetheart :) Excellent job."
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"Ooh, love the light patterns and that vivid blue sky. Interesting light and shadow can bring drama to anything! Really nice!"
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"Nice job! Are you doing these for a commission or an event? Just asking because of needing to stick to reality. It is interesting in all the lines and shapes and forms."
Karen Ilari commented on David Gibson's photo

Market Day

"I fixed the title for you :) I do love the red glow in this one. Somehow these three old friends seem like they are up to mischief! Maybe that's the emotional response from the reds... Don't you love color!?"
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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
Are their specific things you would like to learn?
Always want to learn more!
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Karen Ilari's Blog

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…


I'm Not a Creative Person

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 2:20pm 1 Comment

I've been thinking a lot about the role of creativity in our lives, and why I paint and teach painting.

It feels more important to me that anything I have done. And yet, we are just making pretty pictures, right?

Click here to read my blog on Creativity

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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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