Below is a gallery of students work that have been inspired by the apple painting in How to paint light & shade in Acrylics

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Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Tamara Zurunic – with the simplicity of the background the shape of the apple comes to life, the surface has a layered watercolour effect to it.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Sue Callahan – This piece has such delicate handling to it, with the colours flowing into each other so nicely. This was Sue’s third-ever painting!

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Sue Mahy – This piece has such delicate handling to it, with the colours flowing into each other so nicely. This was Sue’s third-ever painting!

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Myrna Richards – The balance of tones really helps the highlight come to life and the lighter grey hues in the background help to bring the form forward to the viewer

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Monica Walsh – Love how the ground colour has become an integral part of the composition, and the apple feels spotlit

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Mary Tabor – Such energy in the brushworks, the cast shadow looks fantastic, I feel there is a whole scene happening around the edges of the frame

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Margo Armstrong – Love the colours in the apple, the painting has managed to capture a lovely surface quality and the details in the apple stalk add to the realism of the piece

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Joe Pellerin – Fantastic observation in the form shadow, a really well-observed painting of the subtle transitions of the light.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Jerry Malec – the subtle shifts in colour across the apple surface brings that three-dimensional quality to the piece, and the ‘flat top’ observation on the drawing of the apple aids in the realism of the ’round’ apple

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Janine Von Zeuner – Fabulous textural qualities and impasto marks, real confidence in the brush handling.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Wanda Jones – nice use of the cast shadow shape to ground the apple and give us that sense of a strong directional light source. This is the first time Wanda has worked on a toned ground.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Inna Balanica – This apple has such weight to it. By combining the cast and form shadow the apple sits solidly on the table surface within the depth of the scene.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Ina Jones – there seems such depth within the surface of the apple, it has a real energy to it

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Emily Willy – this piece has a great colour balance between the greys and the muted green on the apple. The subtle red around the apple lifts the colour and brings the subject towards us, lovely job.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Derek – amazing drawing and sensitivity in creating the angle of the form shadow. The delicate dashes of colour on the right-hand side really give us that apple skin texture.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Dana – This is Dana’s first acrylic painting ever! lovely sense of form, the cast shadow looks great and a real vibrancy in the colour palette.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Claudia – This is one of Claudia’s first attempts painting with acrylics! Great to see how the different layers have all come together and the light hitting the apple works brilliantly.

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Barbara Ende – Love the broken edge quality around the apple and the play of different textures. This was Barbara’s first painting, since then she’s worked on larger scale pieces, landscapes and has been selling her works, great work Barbara!

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Tatyana Petrenko – such subtle observations across the surface, excellent work

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Ali Campbell – Fabulous ‘turning of the form’ and real subtle hues in the form shadow

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Steve Cook – Well judged cast shadow and sense of light

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Sarmed Mirza – Love the clear distinctions between the planes

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Paul Tomlinson – the colourful background adds a new dimension to the piece

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Paul Nash – Great energy in the surface of the apple

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Nancy C Johnson – The subtle colour mixing in the background hues are gorgeous

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Morana Kavgic – Such delicate handling of the cast shadow and gleam on the apple

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Michael Kelley – Fantastic colours of the apple skin, and well-balanced inclusion of the red

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Laundrea Lewis – The subtle observation over the surface of the apple is marvellous

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

John Powell – This painting has a great solidity and sense of three-dimensionality

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Jo-Anne Botha – Absolutely love the freedom in these brushstrokes

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Jeff Cote – The warmth in the form shadow works brilliantly well

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Jan Rossington – Such movement within the apple, it has a real sense of dancing light

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Gayle G – Great use of the ground colour to create glow from within

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Debbie Aslan – Love the balance of the colour palette and the softness of the edge control

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Claire Ballard – Such detailed observation of the stalk, feels like you could pick it from the canvas!

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Cathy Jameson – The brushstrokes echo the shape of the form bringing your eye around the piece

Student Success Stories - Apple in Light & Shadow

Andrea Werner – Love the textural quality of the surface, and the confidence of touch

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