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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…


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…


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…


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

Fixing a Dent in your Canvas

Some of you may already know how to do this, but for those who don't ... here's a tip on fixing dents in your canvas. 

This morning I toned a canvas for a new painting and realized I had this horrid big dent in the upper centre portion. Well I no long have a dent. I spritzed water on the back of the canvas and rubbed my hand around on it and it totally went back to its flat shape!!!

Here's a very short video that shows you how to do this.…


Added by Wanda McDonald on April 8, 2015 at 9:40am — 6 Comments

Getting exposure

I am donating 45 paintings to a charity to be sold at their fund raiser. I will be there to promote them. Who knows what may develop. I have so much fun painting that they are stacking up in my home! I have to move them out. Any other ideas?

Added by Robert Butler on April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Ugh Taxes.

So one of the things you don't really think about when starting to sell your paintings. TAXES! I spend a good week every year trying to pull together my sales and expense info in order to do my taxes. The funny part of this is that I am a bookkeeper in my day job! I can set up a company and take care of everything from bills to payroll. Yet I always seem to leave it all for the end of the year in my own business!

I have everything all set up on Quickbooks software, it would be so easy…


Added by Karen Ilari on March 23, 2015 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

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