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Moved Home

We have just spent 3 months in temporary digs as we sold our house and have just moved into our new home a bungalow.  While in digs I did loads of reading, bought 3 crossword books and I also bought myself a colouring book to keep me occupied as we had no wifi and only free TV viewing.  There wasn't much else we could do other then daily walks on the shore.  We still have about 501 things to do so it will be summer time before I can think of painting again, we are still upside down as we are…


Added by Pauline Abbott on December 15, 2018 at 5:00am — No Comments

Life gets busy!

I have been trying to stay caught up with you all. when the wood is in and the garden is done and preserved. various other "need to get done before snow flies" projects. I will be painting more, and paying more attention to all my friends here on Karen's site.

I did enter 5 paintings in the local country fair this year. I will try to post them here. It is exciting to have folks appreciate my art :)

Added by Wenda Spooner on September 18, 2017 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Painting Big and Loose

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…


Added by Karen Ilari on August 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Injured Finger

I have been idle for the past two weeks because I sliced a bit of my right index finger and it has only just healed properly.  I am painting A Garden in Summer taken template from my own garden.  It has many layers some are thick with texture so having to wait for the paint to dry between them.  I am having great fun.

Added by Pauline Abbott on August 23, 2017 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

Traveling with an Artist perspective

As many of you know, I am new to painting, and it amazes me how it has changed how I view things.

We traveled from Northern Michigan to Southern Alabama. The journey took us through Kentucky and Tennessee, the area that is full of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I found myself looking at the scenery and asking how would I paint it. I also paid more attention to the shades and tones that presented themselves with the changing position of the sun.

There was one…


Added by Russ Hager on May 27, 2017 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Must Get Painting !

I am fitter than I was six months ago although not entirely back to total fitness, but now I must get painting again because my fingers are twitching and I am now at a loss for things to do and getting bored. lol

Added by Pauline Abbott on May 15, 2017 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

A different perspective on painting

I have spent the day painting, but not on canvas, on my dining room walls. My wife and I had used the hangers advertised on TV that you can pull the tab and it will come right off. Well it did, along with the paint on the wall.

I went to the store to get some paint, and could not find the original color, willow leaf. I had to get spring willow leaf which looked like a close match.

I arrived home and started painting, and not surprisingly, the paint does not match. The first…


Added by Russ Hager on April 28, 2017 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Something I Learned From Painting

A new blog :)

This one might make you laugh out loud :)

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Added by Karen Ilari on April 10, 2017 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Two new experiences with painting

I had two wonderful experiences this week with my new hobby, painting that I want to share.

The first one happened this Thursday night. My wife works at the cancer center for the local hospital. One of the employees of the hospital organized a fund-raiser for the center. It was a paint and wine night at the Mackinaw Trails winery.

The event included one glass of wine, the materials needed to paint, and an instructor to walk us through the painting. She brought one of her…


Added by Russ Hager on April 2, 2017 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

Progress on getting fit

Hello, just thought I would drop in to say hello and let you know how my fitness is going. I have been exercising about 4-5 days a week doing easy stretches and warm up and cool down exercises of 20 mins, I can feel the difference and my body is loosening up and the stiff ness has gone, still get pains in my let I suspect I will have to see the doctor about that. I am feeling better in myself and have just started 10 mins of easy dance to get me moving even more. I have done a couple of videos… Continue

Added by Pauline Abbott on March 26, 2017 at 9:42am — 1 Comment


You all have some awesome paintings.I was fortunate to know Bob Ross.WE lived quite close in fla.Miss him.Keep doing what youre.I'm my worst critic.

Added by Art on March 18, 2017 at 4:47pm — 2 Comments

Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed

I attempted my second expression of Blue Mountain View yesterday, and totally bombed it. However I do know that with each painting there are lessons to be learned, and improvements as a painter can be gained

In my second attempt I totally blew it on my values. The farthest mountains looked more like the sky, and the closest looked like just a blob of color. The two lessons I learned from this experience is:

Pay better attention to the values and how to properly contrast them to…


Added by Russ Hager on March 8, 2017 at 7:45am — 3 Comments

Why did I start painting?

I have never been one who has demonstrated great, or even moderate levels of artistic ability. I cannot look at a detailed picture and replicate it like a truly talented artist. I have often envied people that have such a remarkable talent

 However, I would find myself looking at a tree in full bloom, and I would ask myself "How would I paint that tree? I mentioned this to my wife, and she bought me a beginner's paint set for Christmas 2016. So I have started painting, and really…


Added by Russ Hager on March 2, 2017 at 4:51am — 1 Comment

Things to do

26th Jan 2017

I am taking a break from painting for a few months as I have some sewing to do and also I need to get fit again after a year of inactivity, so I am taking up yoga. I had a spa day with a friend and had a 55minute massage, the young lady said to me "you are very knotty" I could feel them as she did her magic, it was a little painful but bearable. My body tingled and I had less pain in my legs that night and the next morning The stiffness had eased in my body. So I have to…


Added by Pauline Abbott on January 26, 2017 at 4:56am — 2 Comments

Thank you for the nice comments.  I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a su…

Thank you for the nice comments.

 I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a supplier where I could buy 6mm wide masking tape and made 2cm square for each colour swatch, the cards are mounted using Velcro to a MDF board fitted on casters. It has been a big project but I think well worth it.


Added by Ivan Dammash on November 5, 2016 at 3:48am — 3 Comments

Taking A Break

Tues 4 Oct

I had a bad fall last week.

I am unable to paint for the next six weeks I have broke a bone in my right elbow, I am right handed.  I will be having a go at drawing with my oil pastels with my left hand and just doodling a bit.

Added by Pauline Abbott on October 4, 2016 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Message from John Redfern

Hi everyone. I have been in contact with John Redfern. He is doing well and very busy with his job which limits his time for artist sites. He misses everyone and says you are all a greatly talented group of not only artists but super individuals. 

Added by Jamee Haas on September 22, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

exhibition hall entries

I entered 5 paintings in the local country fair exhibition hall. I got 2 blue ribbons, 2 red ribbons, and one white ribbon. That felt really nice ☺

Added by Wenda Spooner on September 18, 2016 at 2:46am — 13 Comments

Jim McVicker: a way of seeing

Hi to all,

I just watched this nice video on how to see things or scene we want to paint. This is NOT a methodology course but an experience from a very good painter Jim McVicker. Worth to watch. Enjoy!

here is the link:

Have a great day!


Added by Michel BOULAY on September 4, 2016 at 1:39am — 6 Comments

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