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Acrylic Medium Sample Board

I like to use acrylic mediums in my acrylic and mixed media paintings, and I have 10 different mediums (pastes and gels) that I use as grounds within my paintings. But unfortunately I do not always remember what works best with them and sometimes they just get lost in a painting because they will not hold the media I put on them. So today I decided to…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on February 1, 2016 at 9:50pm — 3 Comments

Wet vs Dry - Acrylics Dry Darker - The Proof!

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…

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Added by Karen Ilari on January 22, 2016 at 2:02pm — 4 Comments

Frenzy Abstract Acrylic Featured....

Received a really nice surprise today....my Frenzy Abstract acrylic painting was featured in the Art Tutor Newsletter December issue. (based in Liverpool).

Each issue includes paintings done by 8 different members. One of the members had sent me a congratulations notification for being chosen as one of those members for the December issue....checked my mail and yup there it was.

Not only am I thrilled they picked one of my paintings, but I am even more excited that they chose…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on December 1, 2015 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

I'm Not a Creative Person

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?

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Added by Karen Ilari on November 4, 2015 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

Painting an Allegory

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on October 18, 2015 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Acrylic Landscape Course

Because I have not been posting many acrylic paintings lately, I just wanted to let you know why.

In July I started an online Acrylic Landscape Course that is probably going to take me 6 months to a year to complete. I have about 64 painting exercises to do (some small some large).  The paintings that I do are not what the instructor does...you watch the techniques used and then you are given a bunch of photos with which you create a composition  using one or more of them. Here is a…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on August 24, 2015 at 2:44pm — 6 Comments

Golden Acrylics Lecture/Demo

Well I was so thrilled today to attend a Golden Acrylic Demo by Shari Pratt (a Pitt Meadows local artist and Golden rep). My head is so full of stuff that I learned today that I think it's going to burst. It was great to ask questions about products I have and/or want to get. It was a 2 1/2 hour session and it just flew by...wow what a day! Came away inspired to do more acrylics and to try my hand doing watercolours on a canvas panel with a fiber paste ground...just think no buckling/warping…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on August 22, 2015 at 7:09pm — 8 Comments

Honourable Mention...

My two July challenge entries Moving On (coloured pencil) and  Old Mill in Ink each received an Honourable Mention. I was so thrilled that I just had to share this with you all. I think I will keep up my daily sketching. Thanks so much for allowing me to post my daily sketches (well not all of them...don't want to drive any of you away from Karen's awesome site!)…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on August 9, 2015 at 5:15pm — 11 Comments

Started as a quick sketch....

This started out as quick morning sketch and just seemed to evolve, so now it is a work in progress.

It is my sister's house that sits on 11 acres in the Okanagan area of BC. We call it the hidden house, because you cannot see it from the main road. Anyway, I used a photo I took last September and thought I'd challenge myself by trying to do an ink sketch of it (since, as Lynda knows, I am terrified of doing buildings/structures). It sort of has a comic book look to it. Not sure if I…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on August 3, 2015 at 8:34pm — 11 Comments

Where do you paint?

I am a true beginner. Aside from a few abstract pieces when I was "playing with color" and getting used to the feel of the brush on canvas, I have never painted anything before. No classes. Nothing. So being inspired by Karen and all the talented and encouraging members here, I searched for a photo that spoke to me, and gave it a try. It has turned out very "folky" because I have not mastered values at all. And that is okay! It is an autum landscape with so much color it is crazy; very… Continue

Added by KC Cooke on July 25, 2015 at 6:35am — 15 Comments

Can't seem to move to the next level

I have always admired people with talent, especially painting but had never given it any serious thought until a little over a year ago.  My daughter and I decided we needed to do something for ourselves and decided to give it a try.  With two small children it would be a perfect time to get together and just have fun.  With her busy schedule she has put it aside but I got hooked and have to have a canvas on my easel at all times!  Your you tube videos have helped me greatly and there are a…

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Added by Linda Nichols on July 24, 2015 at 1:46pm — 8 Comments

My crazy entry into the art world.

It all started when I got kicked out of a psychiatric day centre art room. I was in there because everyone else was smoking and I couldn't stand the smell. 6 years ago now.

So what does a newly diagnosed bipolar do after he's been told he can no longer be a podiatrist his religious family and friends have disowned him and he is sat string out of the window of a psychiatric day centre art room?

He picks up a pencil to see if he can draw a stick man. I couldn't I banged my head…

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Added by Luke raftery on July 17, 2015 at 11:34am — 10 Comments

The 5 W's of Painting

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Added by Karen Ilari on July 9, 2015 at 10:55am — 4 Comments

Using an Albertian Veil

I have been doing sketches for a new painting. I used the rule of 3rds to lay it out, but needed something to analyze and depict space in this piece. So I made myself an Albertian Veil (on tracing paper).

I could not get my photo of the veil over my sketch to show up clearly ... so I took a photo of the sketch and drew the veil in PS over the image, as it appears with my tracing paper, so that you could see how I used it. Also my original sketch was too dark and the lines forming the…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on June 3, 2015 at 7:49pm — 7 Comments

Green! Everything is Green!

A blog about greens

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Our Late Spring Challenge is heavy on the greens, so I thought this might be a good time to put down some info about painting with them. Sometimes people get discouraged by the all green landscapes of spring and…

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Added by Karen Ilari on June 2, 2015 at 4:27pm — 8 Comments

Two Sides to the Coin

"Acrylic paints dry too fast!" 

"Oils are so much easier!" 

"It doesn't blend!" 

"Everything's so hard…

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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 Skins...it 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…

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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...

Check out my blog post on this subject

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

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