May 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Two Sides to the Coin

"Acrylic paints dry too fast!" 

"Oils are so much easier!" 

"It doesn't blend!" 

"Everything's so hard…


Added by Karen Ilari on May 26, 2015 at 11:29am — 6 Comments

Mixed Media Prep Work

I wanted to share some of my prep work that I have prepared for my upcoming mixed media paintings.

This is my first attempt at making Acrylic really is fun, now to hope they actually work. I can use them as is or cut them up and collage into a painting; I can paint right onto them, put in shadows, create a painting within, cut  up and create a painting, etc. Possibilities are endless.

For this one I used acrylic fluid and high flow paints. My base is Polymer Medium…


Added by Wanda McDonald on May 24, 2015 at 10:24am — 4 Comments

So, What is the Point Anyway?!

A blog on composing your image to create a successful painting...

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Added by Karen Ilari on May 19, 2015 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

Photos - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Photos can be friend or foe when it comes to painting...

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Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 12:31pm — 5 Comments

Bicycle Photo Shoots!

I've found a new favorite way to take reference photos!

Plus a new tiny painting from one of the photos :)

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Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 11:13am — 5 Comments

I'd Rather Walk Over Hot Coals!

Receiving and giving honest constructive critiques is one of the best tools I have found for learning to paint!

How do I give a critique?

What if I don't "like" the painting?…


Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

Help I'm Lost! A Roadmap for Painting

Read about the phases of a good painting. A step by step system to use so you will never get lost in your painting process again.

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Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Why Does My Painting Look So Childish?

A blog about overcoming the blocks in learning to see as an artist

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Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

Dogwood Days - Neighborhood garden painting

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to see my blog about painting this beautiful dogwood tree in my neighborhood..…


Added by Karen Ilari on May 17, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

Got the Blues? Part 3

This will only make sense if you have read Parts 1 and 2.

Cerulean Blue was at one point my primary blue for skies and water, and I could not understand why it was not more popular among artists. The obvious teal hue makes me wonder now why I was so slow to catch on. If you look at the mass tint, it is also clear that Cerulean will never result in a decent dark blue, the intensity just isn't there. The same applies to Cobalt Blue. Their relatively low tinting strength also makes them…


Added by Charles Eisener on May 14, 2015 at 7:07pm — 4 Comments

Got the Blues? Part 2

Please read Part 1 if you have not already; it serves as an introduction and covers some basics.

Using the pigment numbers and CI numbers, we can compare, to some extent, the paints from different manufacturers. Sap Green Hue, for example, has different pigments from one brand to another, so switching brands…


Added by Charles Eisener on May 14, 2015 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Got the Blues? Part 1

Another artist has a studio at the building where mine is located. A short time ago we had a discussion about pigments and colour choices, and she lamented the lack of a good, rich, pure blue. Her next best option was Windsor Blue, which is not a common label. So what is it and why does she like it? That's what…


Added by Charles Eisener on May 13, 2015 at 12:13pm — 6 Comments

Thanks Karen

I don't know how to send a message directly to Karen.  I've been getting such good feedback about my paintings, and I would just want to say thanks so much for the videos that got me started.

Dave Blucher

Added by David Blucher on May 12, 2015 at 4:36pm — 2 Comments

The Abstracts Within:


Added by Lynda Dinneen on May 11, 2015 at 1:29pm — 10 Comments

Plein Air Challenge

Well I bit the bullet and participated in the Opus Art Plein Air Challenge today. It was held at 6  B.C. locations (Kelowna, Victoria, North Vancouver, 2 Vancouver locations and Langley). I was on my feet from 10 am to 2pm...exhausted! It was so hot, dry and windy that the paint would dry on the exaggeration! Have handed in my painting (such as it is lol). Judging is at 5pm, so will go back then....although mine is no where near that level...but will be fun to see all the other…


Added by Wanda McDonald on May 10, 2015 at 3:41pm — 3 Comments

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