As a "group" we are quite independent and largely do our own thing. Karen does have some demos; these are a good starting point to learn about acrylics and see how she approaches things. The site is not just about Karen or her methods. As site owner, she has been most encouraging for folks to find their own path rather than become Karen clones. As a professional artist, her perspectives have also changed over time, as have ours. With experience, we all get to challenge our status quo. More importantly we get to share back and forth.
Seasonally Karen suggests a "Challenge", not as a competition, but rather to have a number of us work from a common theme, or common photo, so we can appreciate the varied responses and interpretations that result. The miniature challenge is currently active.
We are limited to posting three photos per day. This helps to prevent some of us from overloading the system . . .
If you go to the header My Page you will find the tags and links used in posting photos and/or blogs.
With active topics/discussions, you will find a tag at the bottom of each response marked Reply. If you click on this it will open a box where you can add your input or comments. It will automatically add your name when posted, but sometimes I add my name at the bottom anyway.
Another exercise worth the time are Karen's colour charts. They are a bit tedious, but you will learn a lot about the colours you have chosen, what combinations they will create, and how well the colours play together.
Welcome Lainie! The Prescott-Sedona area was one of the two finalists in our desire to relocate, but North Carolina won in the end. You do live in a beautiful area!! I have taken a 4-day plein air session with an artist that spends almost 6 months a year in Sedona. Michael Chesley Johnson has a blog/newsletter you can subscribe to. He posts his paintings (mostly oils & pastels) online, and gives lots of tips here and there about colours and techniques. Karen's site is more interactive, in that you can post paintings under "photos" just to show others what you are doing, or under "discussions and critiques" to get feedback from other members. We try to encourage one another, not tear down, so most critiques are of the constructive type. The focus of the site is acrylic painting, but members also post oils, pastel, pen & ink, pencil, and watercolour; we are not exclusive. please don't be bashful about posting - the more you interact, the greater value you will receive. Karen has a very diverse "family" here, and we all learn from each other. Again, welcome!