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Watch this Month’s Demo in Colour Cube Membership

First Month's Demo in Colour Cube Membership Our first month's painting demo went live at the end of February 2022.   The full instructional video was painting my favourite flower, sweet pea, in a jam jar.   In March we painted blueberries in a bowl and this month's demo was a seascape, painting the view from Red Island over to Shenick and Lambay Island.   A beautiful view from my home town of Skerries, County Dublin. Unfortunately Colour Cube Membership is now on hold due to internet issues, but hopefully we will be able to relaunch in the [...]

Sunflowers for Ukraine

Sunflowers for Ukraine Everyone is doing their best to raise money and contribute to the people of Ukraine in their hour of need.   I can't do much to help, but when I was painting these sunflowers I realised the relationship to their flag and how sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine.   So I was delighted with the response to my fundraiser for a print of this painting of sunflowers in a blue and white striped jug.    With the all proceeds going to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. Initially I was going to offer 5 prints, [...]

Strada Easel September 2021 Challenge

I am looking forward to taking part in the Strada Easel Challenge 2021 this September.   This image is of my paintings from their Challenge in January 2021 in which over 800 artists participated. The challenge is to paint one painting each day from life in September and post it to social media with the hashtag #stradaeasel and the day it was painted, i.e. day 1 #stradaeasel for the first day and so on (the painting does not have to be finished in one day just post progress each day).   With amazing prizes for anyone who completes the challenge [...]

Strada January Challenge

Strada easel challenge - January 2021 January is a pretty quiet month and we usually go away for a few weeks, with the gallery closed and no art classes. This January was a bit different,   With lockdown there was no holiday and very little to do.   So I was delighted when I heard about the Strada Easel Challenge January 2021.   The challenge is to painting something from life (no photos) every day for the month of January, post it to social media with the day and hashtag #stradaeasel. At the end of the month Strada [...]

Weeds Will Do

Usually at this time of year I am a frequent shopper in the local florist. With so many flowers to choose from to paint. Unfortunately no florists are open now so I am short of inspiration for my still life studies. Dandelions II - 8" x 10" oil on board But there are plenty of beautiful dandelions to keep me going. available here

Workshops – a few spaces available

Demo Painting from our last Peony Workshop. Delighted that the first two new dates for workshops are not fully booked. A few still available in the Peonies Workshop on Saturday 29th February and the Landscape Workshop on 21st March. If you would like to join me for a great day out go to the booking page on my website where there is lots of information and you can book your space. Link below. LEARN MORE...

5 Steps To A Successful Painting

I put this together to show everyone my five simple steps to a successful painting. Hope you find it useful. Paint the blank canvas in a base colour (this is called a ground)Paint in the lines of the rule of thirds to help your compositionDraw in roughly (with paint) your subjectBlock in colours with a large brush/knifeBuild up detail with a smaller brush/knifeCheck your painting in reverse with a mirror to help see any problems that might need addressing. Paint the blank canvas in a base colour (this is called a ground) Paint in the lines of the rule of [...]

Paintings from the Couch

All normal plans are on hold as I am laid up until Christmas. With Art Source in the RDS fast approaching I had to get the paints out and get painting. The cupboards were raided and all the iconic bottles were lined up for a variety of still life paintings on 6" x 8" panels. Easy to paint on the couch. The fridge was next... Refreshments. All these paintings and many more will be available at the Art Source Exhibition in the RDS 15th to 17th November. If you would like complimentary tickets, let me know.

Sunny-Side Up!

On the easel today was "Sunny-side Up". I am working from home this week and running out of props. This egg was going in the bin so I grabbed it. Using my Alla Prima pochade box as my easel, made in the USA, its a piece of art in itself, Expensive, but I absolutely love it. It is my new baby!! Click here to purchase this painting CLICK HERE to join my free Facebook group GET PAINTING WITH KAREN WILSON

Conkers and Crutches

"Conkers" 6" x 8" oil on board I am making the most of "resting up" and working on small still life studies this week. We collected these conkers at St Stephen's Green last weekend. They were falling off the trees and hitting everyone. It was hilarious. All the children were running to collect them. It was nice to see the old tradition of playing conkers is still alive in these days of computer games. Click here to purchase this painting Join my free Facebook Group - GET PAINTING WITH KAREN WILSON for painting tips and video demos

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