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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?…

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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..…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:

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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 brush...no 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…

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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.…

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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…

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

Spring Challenge....Now I'm Done!

Ha!  Remember what I said about tweaking?  Well, this needed some more reflected light on the trunk of the tree where it melded with the shrubs behind it on the right side.  Lost and found edges are one thing, visual confusion is quite another!  I also added the hint of the queen Anne's lace in the…

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 14, 2015 at 1:13pm — 9 Comments

Spring Challenge 2015

Now I have reached the place that I always wind up when I paint....I find I am moving paint, maybe changing the painting, but…

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 13, 2015 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

Spring Challenge 1/2 way through...

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 13, 2015 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

Spring Challenge -IP

Once the under painting is dry I set up my Masterson Palette and get ready to start pushing paint...The 1st layers…

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 12, 2015 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

Spring Challenge - Day 2

Now that I have the color palette worked out, the next step is all about the under painting.  I want…

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Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 12, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments

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