The Quick Study

Loosen up, break your blocks, grow your painting skills

Have you been looking for a way to loosen up your painting style? Become more impressionistic and painterly in your approach? Feel like you don't have enough time to paint? The Quick Study is a great answer!

I know this because it is working for me! I realized that when I paint, the longer I spend with it, the smaller, tighter and more like the photo it becomes! I wanted to loosen up and have more fun! I ran across Carol Marine's book "Daily Painting". The idea has been around for a long time, I've seen lots of other artists try it. A quick, simple painting done on a small canvas, every day! Reading through this little book really inspired me.

So many benefits- try new ideas for: subjects, composition, color harmonies, brushstrokes. Build better foundations for my paintings. Build my ability to move more quickly, make decisions and stick with them. Many of the benefits of plein air painting - without the bugs and sunburn! :) And they only take about an hour and a half, including prep, so they are great for busy schedules!

This course will introduce you to the idea of the "Daily" Quick Study. I have daily in quotes because the key isn't doing it daily, but just as often as you can.

You will use small, inexpensive 5" x 7" canvas panels - one flat synthetic brush - about 3/8" or 1/2" wide and Acrylic Paints. I'm using Golden Open acrylics in this lesson. Not much paint is used. So your costs are low and you can be bold and have fun!

The course includes a real time video of the entire painting process as well as other materials. You will have the chance to upload your own paintings for help and sharing.

Your Instructor

Karen Ilari
Karen Ilari

As a full time acrylic artist and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. I am inspired by the amazing natural and man made beauty around me. Painting is my way of stopping all the busy madness of life for a moment. I slow down and study what is around me, the colors and shapes, the beauty that we pass every day but stop seeing because it is familiar. With each painting I try to tell a story, to share all the sensations of the day. Sounds, smells, and emotions. The paintings remind me to live each day with an open heart and an open mind. To slow down and enjoy life!

I paint outdoors "en pein air" as well as indoors in my studio. I will often spend a day out painting, taking lots of photos, and then come back to the studio to develop my painting further. My process involves many layers of acrylic paint on canvas. This creates depth, texture and interest throughout the canvas. I often become happily immersed in the process for many hours at a time.

I also love to pass on what I've learned about painting. I teach locally in Portland, as well as here online. I host a free online Art Community website as well. You are most welcome to join me and the other members to share your art and ideas with painters from around the world!

For more info, visit my website: www.karenilari.com

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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