Weekend Challenge – Oranges & Peel

This weekend’s art challenge is very orange! We would like you to portray either an orange, tangerine or clementine with the peel coming off, revealing part of the inside of the orange. It can be similar to some of the photos on this page which you can use or perhaps you would prefer to work from life or use your own photos.

You can portray one single orange or a group and the artwork can be in any medium, any size, with a background or just simply the orange with its shadow on the ground.

Try to capture the deep tones of the orange segments along with the light coloured pith on top. This perhaps might be easier in acrylic or pastel as you can work from dark to light.

For inspiration, the painting below is called Orange Peeled by artist Timothy Jones. Note the lighting on the peel and shadows under the orange peel at the front. Isn’t it is simply stunning!

We look forward to seeing your artwork and have fun!

Orange Peeled is a painting by Timothy Jones

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Weekend Challenge – The 3 colour challenge Artwork!

Welcome to our latest art challenge – the three colour challenge. What a wonderful selection of artwork we have for everyone to see today!! So many different genres all using just three colours. Isn’t it amazing what can be achieved with such a small palette!

If you haven’t taken part in this challenge, or you are worried about showing your work on here, this is definitely a challenge to do at home just for yourself. Give it a go as it really makes you think about the different tonal ranges you need to use and how to create your chosen subject using your limited colours.

Latha Prabakar
The three colour challenge
Sheila Brown
I went digital using a photo as reference that I took in the Florence studio last week while I was painting.
Louise Dexter
Winter scene 3 coloured oil painting using white black and violet.
Sally Wilson
This is something that I have been thinking of doing and I thought it would work nicely on the weekend challenge – kind of. This is maybe a 3-4 colour picture…
I only used three pens but there is also the white of the paper.
Aaanyway… the coffee tin is my late granny’s and I brought the coffee plant specifically to grow it there. Though now it is getting so big that it will have to be moved to a bigger pot. I would also like to paint it in oils.
Tiina Meurman‎
Hansa Q rose and manganese blue. The drawing came from a class I took yesterday. I feel sorry for him as he appears to have a growth!!
Avril Walker
Blue black and white acrylic on primed canvas
Luke Rigby
Charlie Mijatovic
Simone is on a roll… she’s been doing so much thinking that it’s making her brain hurt. And in between, she’s STILL managed to fit in another shoe-shopping trip.
Audrey Quinton
Pastel – 3 colours blue, white and grey
Kirstie Baker
Here is my weekend challenge painting – another attempt at digital illustration. I took a screen shot of it, so you could see my 3 color palette at the bottom. I set up a still life with the pumpkin and a little ceramic bird I have.
Connie Hohman Berry
Choux! Go away! A creamy cloud in three colours is my ‘4pm Fantasy’. Brush pens in brown and tan plus a Posca Pen in white. Lucky I had blue paper!
Julie Smiley

Edward Javier

Edward has allowed us to post the PFD he created of his set three work for the Oil Painting Course. We were so impressed at the way Edward not only created his work but in how he has presented it, we wanted our students to see how excellent it is. Edward submitted this PDF along with all of the original photos for his tutor to view.

We have saved each page and added them below which shows his work explaining the materials, the creation of the colour wheel, the set up of his still life and the colours he used. Edward painted three different versions of his still life including a monochrome version in pencil and charcoal.

We hope that you all enjoy viewing it and it inspires some of our students showing a different way in how to present their work for critique.

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Oksana Lupych

A beautiful painting today by Oil Painting student Oksana Lupych. The painting was created for one of Oksana assignments on the oil course and she has cleverly used a limited pallet of sepia tones.

We have added some close up details for our readers to see how much texture has been added, possibly using gesso on the surface before Oksana started to paint. This helps to add extra texture and interest to the painting and also adds a good surface to paint on if you are using various types of boards, mdf or hardboard to paint on. We hope that you find Oksana’s painting inspiring!

Full Painting
Detail
Detail

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Weekend Challenge – The 3 colour challenge!

This is going to be quite a fun challenge as we would like you to create a painting using three colours – but with no actual mixing to ‘make’ colours.

You have a few options. You could set up a still life of a lemon, lime and a blue jug for instances and there you have your three colours of yellow, green and blue. You can use any colours and any objects or subjects.

If you paint in watercolour, acrylic or digital you can use transparent layers for the lighter areas for the highlights and more pigment to create the richer darker tones and shadowed areas. If you are using coloured pencils you can use lighter gentle pressure for the highlighted areas and layer your colour to deepen the hue for the shadows.

The artists below has painted a scene for their 3 colour challenge which you can see at the link below is a step by step form. Here, even though they havent mixed colours they have overlaid the red and yellow to make a graduated variation for the sky.

https://www.ipainttoday.com/3-color-rule-make-painting-easy/

We hope that you are inspired and you have lots of lovely ideas brewing – we are very much looking forward to seeing them! Happy Painting!

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Artwork Challenge – Water Lilies!

Let’s dive right in to our fantastic challenge all about Water Lilies! What a beautiful array of artwork we have received this week. Our students have excelled themselves, each and every painting really brings out our students own unique styles which is wonderful.

Some students are experimenting, some are creating quick sketches and studies, others are planning their artwork and creating elaborate paintings. All of which are helping our students to learn their craft.

Students that are actively drawing and painting each week, even just completing our challenges will genuinely improve with artistic skills month by month. We are thrilled to be part of their journeys and watch everyone improve!

Well done to all who took part this week. Your artwork is Fantastic!!!!! Stay tuned for the next challenge….!

Fabiana Ribeiro
Water lilies, oil on canvas board 10×8 inches
Eileen Maspero
Pauline Burke
Here is my “bold and bright” waterlily! It was quite a challenge by itself to draw it with coloured pencils to reflect all the colours I saw in this beautiful water flower! But it did pay off – as it got framed straight away and into my favourites.
Mila Zinzen
Since I am home I have a done a two day workshop for Chinese brush stroke , which brought back a long forgotten medium I hadn’t practised for years, so, this weeks 
Water Lilies are an attempt to bring back my flow with the of this lovely art form.
Sheila Brown
I did this using watercolors. I love waterlilies and lotuses, so this was a fun project.
Latha Prabakar
Connie Hohman Berry‎
Denise Dancer
Lei Mei
Super super quick sketch (watercolour brush pen) of Kew Gardens Water Lily House.
Charlie Mijatovic
Avril Walker
Patricia Clarke

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Hester Groen de Porto

A stunning and intricate drawing today by Drawing and Painting student Hester Groen de Porto.

I am a beginner with drawing and painting. I was looking for something creative I could do at home and at night when my two boys are in bed. In the past I’ve been photographing but this is not possible to do at night and also I wanted to try something else. So I’ve tried some drawing and really liked it. I bought a book and began doing drawing exercises from it but missed feedback and being able to ask questions. So that’s why I have chosen this course. 

Hester Groen de Porto

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Ivana Lieskovska

We have two lovely pastel paintings today by London Art College student Ivana Lieskovska. Ivana is studying with Monika on the Pastel Painting course. We love the rich warm colours that Ivana has used in both paintings, lots of movement and atmosphere too!

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Clare Nicholson

The following pieces are by student Clare Nicholson. Tutor Maggy was thrilled with Clare’s ideas for this set and asked us to post them here on our blog for inspiration.

Claire said……

Pen and Ink
As I’ve not inked in this way before, I took some time to read up on pen and ink drawing and practiced in a sketchbook. The illustration is a laundry detergent bottle, completed in technical pen and brush pen. The characters are inspired by woodlice, borrowers, and the steampunk aesthetic. These were developed in preliminary sketches before the final drawing.

Sink City
This piece took a lot of planning and development in terms of the composition in the sketchbook phase. I wanted to avoid drawing windows on objects. The city can be seen spreading into the distance. The illustration is a development of the steampunk / borrowers feel of the first drawing. Given that the brief indicated that this book is for slightly older children, I added more detail and lots of things to find in the illustration. The illustration was completed in technical pen and brush pen, and coloured with gouache and watercolour. It was a challenging and fun assignment.

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Marlies Mast

Superb illustration today by student Marlies mast who is currently taking the Illustrating children’s books Diploma Course.

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