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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

Tags: critique, video

New Challenge?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wenda Spooner Mar 12. 6 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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Karen Ilari replied to Brad Powell's discussion Castle Comb
"Glad you liked it Brad!"
Karen Ilari replied to Brad Powell's discussion Castle Comb
"Hi Brad! Love this! Here is a video critique...  and below the comparison photos I used in the video Brad's video critique Hope that is helpful!"
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Eisener's discussion What's Wrong Here?
"Excellent idea Charles! did you use a reference photo?"
Karen Ilari replied to Brad Powell's discussion Rue Claude Monet after rain
"Ah yes, I see now. Sometimes it's hard to tell because of differences in the photos. I do like the changes in the flower in the foreground especially. It's a really nice painting Brad!"
Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"You have that right Russ - enjoying it is the primary goal! The rest will come with practice - you are already on your way!"
Karen Ilari replied to Cindy's discussion Sky
"Hi Cindy! Very nice! it looks like you had a lot of fun with this one! I get a happy, springy feeling from it. Which is nice because we have had so much rain this year! As far as a critique, I can't really comment much - your style is loose and…"
Karen Ilari replied to Brad Powell's discussion Rue Claude Monet after rain
"Hi Brad! Nice! So what did you change on this one? Maybe some adjustments to the flowers on the left?"
Karen Ilari replied to Brad Powell's discussion Parade Gardens
"Really nice Brad! The view from above makes it very interesting too, like I'm a bird flying above the scene. I love all the variations of green in the grass, and the golds in the trees as well. A very inviting scene! I always enjoy putting the…"
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion Landscape "The Gap".
"Wow! Huge difference Mike! From just some subtle changes! This time my eye knows right where the focal point is and the whole scene feels integrated. Really nice!!"
Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Blue Mountain view
"Hi Russ! You know, trying to nail those value changes in a scene like this is really hard! Don't feel discouraged! And then when you add color into the mix it gets even more complicated. That's why I like to start a painting by doing some…"
Karen Ilari replied to George Sapper's discussion A Falcon
"Nice one George! I'm glad you kept your promise! ;) Now, lets not wait 2 years for the next one :D!"
Mar 18
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion Landscape "The Gap".
"Always my pleasure Mike! I look forward to seeing the outcome!"
Mar 18
Karen Ilari commented on David Gibson's photo

Self Portrait

Mar 17
Karen Ilari replied to Mike Price's discussion Landscape "The Gap".
"Hi Mike! I love your foreground texture. The knife is really working for you! I like the addition of the birds, it gives us a nice focal point.   I would say I think your darks in the background, the hills and trees are a bit too dark to give…"
Mar 17
Karen Ilari replied to David Gibson's discussion Cold Bridges
"It's lovely Dave! Thanks, for the heads up, I'll have to fix the paypal link. This turned out beautifully! I sent you on email - you should see a notification that you have a new email up toward the top of the screen. We will use emails to…"
Mar 14
Karen Ilari replied to David Gibson's discussion Cold Bridges
"Hi Dave I'm glad the ideas were helpful. Yes, there is a long period (I'm still in it!) when your mind knows a certain concept, but you just can't get it to work like that on the canvas! Don't despair! This is a beautiful bird…"
Mar 14

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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

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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