Karen Ilari
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New Dice Game Roll

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Jan 26. 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. 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

Started Dec 1, 2017 0 Replies

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 replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Drying time for Oil Paints
"Thank you Charles! Good info to know!"
Karen Ilari commented on Karen Ilari's page Video Demos
"So glad you found us Karen! Please feel free to post, we are all very kind :)"
Karen morris commented on Karen Ilari's page Video Demos
"Thank you for allowing me to join the group. I’m a newbie painter. Hopefully I’ll get the courage to post some of my paintings. I need a lot of practice, practice, practice. I found you on YouTube and you are the best instructor…"
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Mark Twain
"Love it!"
Apr 14
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Emery's discussion Rock Island
"This is lovely Charles! Love it! The composition is balanced and interesting. The rock gives it an almost surreal feel, very dreamy. Your brushwork is great, nice combination of blended areas with some crisp edges showing up here and there on the…"
Apr 14
Karen Ilari replied to Catherine's discussion so many layers already!!
"Catherine, I just saw your update on the personal tutor page. Let me take a look at that and I will email you with my response..."
Mar 27
Karen Ilari replied to Catherine's discussion so many layers already!!
"Hi Catherine, Thanks for your Personal Tutor payment! We can continue with this painting or start again, your choice. I tend to continue on with a painting to try to resolve issues, unless I feel that I've done as much as I can at my level of…"
Mar 27
Catherine commented on Karen Ilari's page Individualized, Personal Help with Your Paintings
"Hi Karen, I have figured out the payment,... but not sure how to proceed.. this is the same painting, but tried to improve following your comments. You have been really generous with your time, very helpful, but  I am in need of more coaching!…"
Mar 26
Catherine commented on Karen Ilari's page Individualized, Personal Help with Your Paintings
Mar 26
Karen Ilari replied to Catherine's discussion so many layers already!!
"Hi Catherine! Thanks for posting this lovely project! It is a very inviting image and i can see why you were drawn to it. You have done some lovely work in your foliage and flowers. Your brushwork is lovely. I think the struggle you are having is…"
Mar 24
Karen Ilari commented on Charles Eisener's blog post Hansa Yellows & Zinc White
"That's interesting about the gloss medium. I'll have to try that as Hansa Yellow medium is what I'm mostly using these days. Thanks for the info as usual Charles!"
Feb 24
Karen Ilari replied to Wendy Robertson's discussion flesh tones "Happy Baby"
"You're very welcome Wendy! Don't give up :) You'll get there!"
Feb 16
Karen Ilari replied to Wendy Robertson's discussion Finishing detail
"I use a long thin liner or rigger brush for whiskers. Be sure to water down the paint a bit to make it flow. Keep the brush loose in your hand and move quickly. Keep a wet paper towel in your hand, if you don't like the stroke, just wipe it out…"
Feb 14
Karen Ilari replied to Wendy Robertson's discussion flesh tones "Happy Baby"
"Hi Wendy! Good for you giving this a try!  I find portraits tough, and for some reason babies are the toughest! I think because its hard to get those round soft shapes. But its a great challenge! Here is a black and white comparison: I think…"
Feb 14
Karen Ilari replied to Catherine's discussion Lavender Painting
"Thank you Catherine! It means so much to me to hear that! Yes, I find skin tones challenging as well! Like everything else it's important not to think about what you are painting. Try not to judge it by naming it. Instead spend a lot of time…"
Feb 10
Karen Ilari replied to Wendy Robertson's discussion Finishing detail
"Hi Wendy! I thought I had commented on this one! Oops! It is beautiful! Great sense of light. The kitty's personality really comes through, too!"
Feb 8

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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

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.

Click here to read the blog on Choosing a Photo

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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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