Oil Painting Art Course Alexandra Pearce

Alexandra Pearce is studying our online Oil Painting Art Course with tutor Alan Dedman. We have added four images below of Alexandra’s work. The images consist of three preliminary studies along with the final painting in the lower right hand corner.

Alexandra added the follow to accompany her work…

“The brief was to create a still life using paints in various colour schemes. The acetate is to provide the black edging for the items used.
The three colour schemes that I used for this exercise were as follows:-

  • A monochromatic scheme using blues. French Ultramarine, Cerulean, Cobalt, and the base was painted in Paynes Grey.
  • The second was using paints on the warmer side of the colour wheel. Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, and Dioxazine Purple.
  • This was made up of the three Primary colours, but with the addition of a Chromium Oxide Green.

It was this third colour scheme that I preferred and have worked up into the picture. All the colours used were mixed is various degrees to get the desired effect – with some white added where needed. Rather than try and work over the top of the original, I decided to draw the still life again and then paint it.

I had used an oil paper rather than board, which had originally been covered in a very pale grey emulsion paint to cover the stark white. Because of this I painted it again mixing the colours in a much more muted way, to try and give the effect of reflections from the still life painting.”

We very much like the finished painting and it is really interesting to read the colours Alexandra used during all four of the paintings. We hope that our students find this post interesting and helpful. It is hopefully useful, not only those studying our Oil Painting Art Course but our other courses too. Finally, why not pop over to our website to find about about our online art courses.  See which course you might like to do today! London Art College Online Art Courses.

Oil Painting Art Course

Pet Portraits Diploma – Fiona Reade

First of all we would like to congratulate Fiona Reade who was recently awarded a Distinction after completing her Pet Portraits Diploma art course successfully. Congratulations Fiona!

Fiona studied her online art course from the comfort of her own home with the London Art College. Her tutor was professional artist and art tutor Gayle Mason. As a result of all of Fiona’s hard work, she submitted her final painting below along with two other wonderful pieces which we have included too. The painting of the rabbit was created in acrylic paints and this is what Fiona said…

The rabbit, most difficult painting I’ve done yet. Haven’t used acrylic paint since I took my level Art! I found two images off the Internet and photoshopped them together and liked the simplicity of the background. My favourite medium has to be pastels as I can work it and push it around!

Furthermore Fiona sent a wonderful email to Gayle with her final set of work for one of her dog portraits, hence we are thrilled to add it below….

Dear Gayle
Thank you for your assessment of my work over the last months. I have found your comments extremely helpful and have enjoyed doing the artwork, particularly the final dog portrait.  Thank you again and I have taken all your comments on board and will persevere.
Kind Regards
Fiona Reade
Pet Portraits Diploma

In conclusion we are thrilled to hear that Fiona enjoyed her course and most of all we would like to wish her the best of luck with her future commissions and artwork.

Study with the London Art College

Do you want to paint dogs like Fiona? Would you like to learn how to create dog portraits with ease, perhaps place two dogs with in a scene from separate photos like Fiona has done below? Perhaps in addition you are interested in learning more about the business side of pet portraits? In addition you might be looking at starting up yourself and need to gain experience from a professional. If so our course will be perfect for you. Why not pop over to our website and read some of our Pet Portraits Testimonials and happy students. In conclusion why not visit the London Art College Online Art Courses and enroll today – and start your course tomorrow!

Pet Portraits Diploma

Pet Portraits Diploma

Pet Portraits Diploma

Still Life Online Art Course – Barbra Knapik

Barbra Knapik has been studying with us at the London Art College on our popular Still Life Online Art Course. Barbra is being guided by our course along with having access to her tutor Alan Dedman online at all times. This is for both her submissions to gain feedback and just incase she has any questions during the course.  The paintings below have been completed for one of the exercises in the Still Life course and we are pleased to be able to add them to our blog for everyone to see.

Barbara Said…

I have drawn and painted all my adult life, primarily using watercolour. Though I have latterly enjoyed using soft pastels. I have attended a variety of day and evening classes and followed 2 distance learning courses in drawing and watercolour. I am hoping to experiment with different media after using watercolour for years. I also want to have a greater understanding and application of colour, tone and composition. Finally to develop greater freedom in painting.

We very much like Barbra’s Still Life paintings below and we are enjoying the preliminary studies as much as the finished paintings. The limited pallets Barbra is using are excellent and really convey a sense of serenity her work. We also love the way she has created the strong blue colour in the glass jar and used orange as an opposite colour in the colour wheel for the accompanying fruits. We are looking forward to seeing more from Barbra in the coming weeks and months.

Do you like painting inanimate objects? Perhaps  you find composition tricky and need a better understanding of it? If so the Still Life course will be perfect for you. Have a look at our website and visit our Still Life Online Art Course page to find out more.  Visit the London Art College website today.

Still Life Online Art Course

Still Life Online Art Course

Still Life Online Art Course

Drawing and Painting Course Artwork – Carol Zhao

Here is a fabulous and dynamic piece of Drawing and Painting Course artwork by Carol Zhao. Carol is currently studying with our popular tutor Paul Weaver on our online art diploma course.

Carol has created a mirrored image of two goldfishes in two glasses.  This piece of artwork really makes you look and think about its meaning and composition. The glasses both look very three dimensional due to the light highlights and consequently look as though they are filled with water. The highlight on the rims of the glasses are superb. Small details like these really help to create realism.

We hope that you enjoy viewing Carol’s artwork and we hope it inspires you to pick up your paint brush. Why not create a still life painting similar to this of your own! Head on over to our website to find out about both our drawing and painting diploma and our still life art course too.


Drawing and Painting Course Artwork



Art in Graphic Design – Kelly Pritchard

Student Kelly Pritchard is studying under the online tutelage of Vanessa Weaver on our Art in Graphic Design Course. Kelly is studying her course from home – you can do the same with us too! Kelly has created this wonderful and very colourful poster as one of the exercises in her course. We really like the bold colours and strong shapes kelly has created. Most of all it is very eye catching and holds the viewers attention. Consequently this is important when you are promoting an item for sale, creating packaging or advertising something on a poster.

Vanessa Weaver, the tutor for the Art in Graphic Design, is a professional tutor and graphic designer. You can read more about Vanessa and her work on our website. Furthermore you can read more about the Art in Graphic Design course.

Are  you are interested in designing packaging, posters, flyers and learning about typography and logo design? If so, this is the course for you! Its a Diploma course and all students who complete the course will receive a Diploma certificate for their portfolio. Finally visit our website for more details – London Art College Online Art Courses.

Art in Graphic Design

Oil Painting Course – Darinka Svircic

Darinka Svircic is working towards gaining her oil painting certificate, by studying our Oil Painting Course online from home. The painting below has been painted using traditional oils. We love the textures Darinka is using, particularly in the sky area of the painting. These paint strokes lend themselves well to a shimmering effect. You can often see this when viewing a sunset over water or a long distance.

Using good quality paintbrushes are key, they don’t need to be expensive, but they do need to be looked after. They can serve you well for a number of years and can make all the difference to your work. Oil painters need to use hard wearing brushes and among other art shops we always recommend Rosemary’s brushes to our students. www.rosemaryandco.com They offer a personal service and fast delivery and can ship worldwide. Writing from personal experience they are great to use.

We are looking forward to seeing more oil paintings from Darinka during the rest of her Oil Painting Course.

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Coloured Pencil Online Art Course – Ethne Papenfus

The following was written by student Ethne Papenfus who has been studying on the Coloured Pencil Online Art Course. We hope you enjoy reading about Ethne’s latest drawing below.

“The photo for this drawing was taken from the deck of a cruise ship in the Antarctic. The ship sails slowly to give plenty of time for passengers to take photos. One is so overwhelmed by the beauty all around one comes home with thousands of photos and wonderful memories, but no opportunity to sketch on site. Some floating ice on the sea, but very small and more distracting than in any way adding to the picture; omitted from the drawing.

Some artists and tutors advocate leaving the areas of white without using a white colour pencil, but that was entirely unsuccessful in this case, it simply looked unfinished. I used white pencil in layers, using various brands, particularly the softer pencils. This worked better, but I tended to pick up a yellowish tinge with additional layers. Experimenting on separate paper to deepen the white only exacerbated the yellowing.

The size of the drawing is  A3 and the paper is Italian Fabriano paper, 50% cotton. This paper is used quite frequently, but I am wondering if it was in any way part of the problem with the yellowish tint in the rendering of the white. Have not had that experience previously, but then have not done a picture requiring similar depths of white and blue.”

Ethne Papenfus

Coloured Pencil Online Art Course

Still Life Painting and Drawing – John Peace

John Peace is working towards gaining his certificate in Still Life Painting and Drawing with us at the London Art College. He is being tutored by artist and mentor Alan Dedman who enjoys creating still life paintings and imparting his knowledge to his students.

Alan encourages his students to use all mediums on this course and also to draw from life.  Setting up a still life to work from is an exciting challenge. Collecting interesting objects that work together and make a statement can be tricky and might take some practice. John however, is taking it all in his stride. He is creating some wonderful paintings from each set up he does, as you can see below. The objects John has chosen to paint are very thought provoking shapes which brings interest into his paintings.

Adding different light sources can also create all different moods for your artwork. If you are looking to draw your mug for instance, you can place your mug in full sunlight or half shade to create some lovely sunlight and shaded areas. Also try using an angle poise lamp to cast shadows on the ground. Alternatively set the still life up in a darkened room using a night light candle in a jam jar as the only light source. This adds lots of interest into the scene. Try this out using varying objects and look at them from different eye levels and angles too. Disclaimer – please be responsible when using candles!

We hope you have fun creating your own Still Life Painting and Drawing. Why not email them to us so we can display them here on our blog!

John Peace Still Life Painting and Drawing

John Peace Still Life Painting and Drawing

Pet Portraits Online Art Course – Jill Plunkett

Jill Plunkett has recently and successfully completed the Pet Portraits Online Art Course. She gained her Diploma in Pet Portraits with us at the London Art College, by studying from home. Her tutor is the professional pet portraits artist and tutor Gayle Mason, who Jill had online access to at all times. As a result, Jill is now able to start drawing and painting dogs and cats for commission. She can enter exhibitions and galleries with much more experience and confidence than before.

The course is written and structured in such a way that it takes you through from brushing up your drawing skills, to introducing you to all of the different mediums. You get a chance to experience them with guidance to perhaps see which you like best. Consequently which works for you. Students then experiment and practice using different mediums painting animals eyes, noses, tongues, fur, feathers, backgrounds ect.

The final sections of the course allow you to be part of a live commission and Jill has created this painting using 3 different photos. Single photos of each of the dogs and a photo for the background. Jill has bough them all together beautifully using pastels.

Another aspect of the course is to practice creating promotional material. This can be from business cards, posters to a website etc. Promoting yourself as an artists is just as important as learning to paint and draw. Particularly if you would like to sell your work or accept commissions. Finally Jill created a poster / flyer of her work along with writing a about herself, to give  to prospective clients. We wish Jill every success in her work and future commissions!

Would you like to join our Pet Portraits Online Art Course? Why not pop over to our website – London Art College and take a look at what you need to do to enrol today.

Pet Portraits Online Art Course

Pet Portraits Online Art Course