Susan Harrison-Tustain's Australian Workshop Series 2015 Announced

Susan Harrison-Tustain Workshop in Australia 2015

Only 24 hours to be in to win one of 5 free painting critiques!

February 1st, 2015

The 31st January 2015 is the last day to take part in the competition to win one of Susan Harrison-Tustain's 5 free critiques of one of your paintings.

All you need to do to be in the running is to like,  share and/or comment one or more of the posts on my Facebook page.

I dedicate a great deal of time to write articles and posts on my Facebook page to help artists on their journey. It makes it worthwhile if as many artists and artists friends get to enjoy and learn from these too. Sharing, liking and commenting tells me you want me to keep writing and keep helping you all!

If you like, share and/or comment on an article, this will also help your friends to share these posts and hopefully learn from and be inspired to extend their own painting skills and understanding of painting too. It is a win - win situation!

The more posts you like, share or comment on - the more chances you have to win. Once this opportunity is finished, do keep coming back as I plan to continue sharing a multitude of hints and tips for artists and lovers of fine art.

You will also find an enormous number of teachings on my website too - check out the media/press button in the menu to view many articles I have written for leading international art magazines. My website has been designed as a wonderful reference resource for artists.

My DVDs of course will bring you the greatest amount of in-depth knowledge that will help you extend your skills and knowledge so you too can create masterworks.  So many of us have found ourselves on that proverbial plateau. My DVDs will help you find your wings so you can leave that over populated place - find your wings and soar high. See my DVD page for free preview  videos of all four of my DVD sets.:

Have fun - we are all on a wonderful never ending journey. It is my pleasure to help you find your wings


Susan Harrison-Tustain


January 28th, 2015

Hi Everyone

Now that I have learned how to create my own blog posts - I will be writing more often here and also sharing many art related and travel related treats that I am sure you will love.

As you know Richard and I lead sight-seeing, painting, photography, wine appreciation and Mediterranean tours to Europe. We have traveled widely and loved so many amazing places - many of which we have shared with our tour guests.

We are constantly asked what we can recommend and which are our favourite places to visit and best experiences.

I would love to highlight a very special time we spent in a small ancient village in Turkey: Kas

IMG_8780Kas village and harbour in the evening from one of the fabulous little restaurants close to our hotel

IMG_8812 - CopyHeading back to hotel - a typical street in this beautiful village - although most are flat.

P1000406At the end of that little unassuming street is this ancient Lycian tomb. The Lycian civilization traceable in this area even before 500BC. Their ancient tombs are dotted around this gorgeous coastline. This is a kings tomb.

P1000366One magic evening we bought local fruits vegetables, bread, cheese, olives, wine and enjoyed a picnic at the top of this Hellenistic (Greek) amphitheater - just as the sun was setting over the Kas Harbour. A forever memory.

P1000488Then for the best time of all - we joined Captain Ergun and his lovely wife Merve (Chef extraordinaire!) for an absolute trip of a lifetime. If you are ever planning to go to Turkey - be sure to visit Kas for a few days and finish your time cruising the Turquoise Coast on Captain Ergun's magnificent Gulet or sailing boats. A Gulet is an ancient design of the traditional boat seen in the region for many centuries. Captain Ergun also has a sailing boat - a Barvaria 45. The four nights  and days we spent on the gulet  (Evita) were such a highlight for us all. Captain Ergun is far right in this photograph and Merve is sitting behind me. (I'm the one with the hat!) . What a lovely way to spend an evening!

P1000599 - Copy - Copy - CopyBy day we cruised idyllic bays - some had sunken boats we could snorkle on - another had a sunken plane (placed there). But the main highlight for us were the sunken villages. It is not possible to snorkle over them all - but certainly you can snorkel over some. The ancient ruins, the rooms of the houses, the steps that disappear into the water and below,  the amphora and broken pottery strewn on the ocean floor - all there for you to explore. Of course not to take - but to touch and imagine the civilizations that lived in these amazingly ancient places engulfed by the sea as a result of earthquakes over the last 2000+ years. I felt like Jacques Cousteau as I snorkled amongst these relics in the crystal clear waters of the Turquoise Coast.

P1000486Captain Ergun offers many extras as part of his cruises and sails - we made the most of them all : Kyack, paddle board, new snorkeling gear, water skiing, go pro underwater camera. I am usually not one for swimming but we all spent most of time exploring and swimming, snorkeling and just relaxing, eating, laughing, telling tall stories and having such adventures a fun time.


Life just doesn't get better than this! The water is so warm and so bouyant, no sharks or anything to be concerned about. Bliss!



Captain Ergun's wonderful wife cooked the most amazing banquets for breakfast lunch and dinner.

P1000594 - Copy - Copy - CopyWe chose to sleep under the stars and watch the sun go down. And wake up to a stunning sunrise. However there are three double cabins - beautiful woodgrain cabins. Each have an ensuite with shower. We chose the magic of the night sky to sleep under


P1000494We had a group of friends who wanted to join in the fun!


P1000595A magical trip we will never forget and look forward to doing again and again. It is so addictive! From swimming, snorkeling over ancient ruins, exploring sunken ship and visiting the locals in old working fishing villages on shore - to walking a portion of the Lycian Way - I cannot recommend Boat Trip Turkey highly enough for anyone who wants to feel the magic of Turkey - in all it's forms - finish your time there with a four day cruise of the Turquoise Coast on Captain Ergun's 'Evita' or sail on his Bavaria 45.


I found Captain Ergun through Trip Advisor. He is # 1 of all the things to do in this area. You will see why he has over 250 reviews - all 5 star! If I could have given him and of course Merve 10 stars, I would have.

Here is his website:

Enjoy and be sure to leave some dates spare for us to do this all again.


January 28th, 2015


The prestigious International Artist Magazine (Feb/March 2015 issue) has once again honored Susan Harrison-Tustain by dedicating 12 pages to feature her article "The Five Crucial Elements for a Successful Painting". This article goes hand in hand with the special bonus section in Susan's newly released, best selling DVD.  Click here to view a sneak preview of Susan's latest DVD:  Susan Harrison-Tustain's Watercolor Masterclass . Sales of this new DVD have gone through the roof!

This new 12 page article will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Susan lastest DVD extends greatly on this article and will allow you actually see how this magic works and revolutionizes her paintings and yours!

Susan's new DVD also has very in-depth lessons on how to create stunningly life-like leaves, dewdrops and how to mix luscious, clean rich and vibrant greens.

Susan's DVDs are all multi-fasceted. The easy to follow lessons, hints, tips and painting breakthroughs Susan reveals will allow you to not only paint exquisite leaf surfaces - but these are the same methods Susan uses to create so many of her masterworks.


Learn how to paint shiny, matt, satin, smooth, veined, undulating surfaces. Learn how to capture clean fresh highlights, luminous shadows that dance with color and so much more.

The lessons on color mixing can be applied to any color at all.  Learn how you too can create paintings that have a true sense of presence.

For more insight click here: Susan Harrison-Tustain's Watercolor Masterclass



Only 5 Days Left to Enter to Win one of Susan Harrison-Tustain’s 1 hour Painting Critiques!

January 26th, 2015
Susan Harrison-Tustain Critiquing her oil painting © Susan Harrison-Tustain

Susan Harrison-Tustain Critiquing her oil painting © Susan Harrison-Tustain

Thank you to all those who have commented on , liked and/or shared Susan's Hints and Tips posts on her business Facebook Page. By doing this you are in the draw to win one of the five  Susan Harrison-Tustain 1 hour Painting Critiques in her Share and Win Competition.

Would you like to know more?

You could be one of the 5 lucky winners of a one hour painting critique by Susan Harrison-Tustain!

How to enter?

Simply visit Susan's business Facebook page. Click here: Facebook Page,  and enjoy reading and learning from the numerous posts Susan has written to help you on your painting journey. Then simply like and/or share as many posts as you enjoy.

The more you like or share - the more entries you will have in the draw to win one of five 1 hour critiques by Susan.

Susan spends many hours  writing posts and sharing her knowledge and expertise. She would love for as many artists to have access to these teachings as possible. This tells her you enjoy them and she will keep writing!

Help Susan to help you and your artists friends  - AND be in the draw to win a free 1 hour critique of any of your paintings no matter what the subject matter, medium or skill level!

The 5 lucky winners will be drawn on 31st January and will personally be notified by Susan.


Enjoy, like and share the huge number of lessons, images and inspiration Susan has written on her Facebook page.

Don't forget to scroll down in this blog too - it is rich with reference material for artists!

Good luck!


Click here to be taken directly to Susan's Facebook Page full of Hints and Tips for Artists

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January 17th, 2015

Imagine if you won a free 1 hour critique of one of your paintings with Susan Harrison-Tustain!

Enter a competition to win one of three free critiques where Susan Harrison-Tustain will personally give you 1 hour of her undivided attention - focused on a painting of your choice!
No matter which medium, skill level, or stage of painting - YOU could win this wonderful opportunity to lift the level of not only the painting you choose - but also your future work! Read on to find out how you can win one of these much coveted critiques:

Newsflash from the SusanArt Studio:

Hi Everyone!

I have some exciting things I think you may like to know about -

~ An inspirational article written for everyone!: How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

~ A competition: how to win one of three 1 hour critiques! PLUS two extra bonus free critiques - see below...

~ With over 30,000 DVDs sold around the world - we believe the sales and repeat sales speak of the quality and professionalism found in my 4 DVD sets. With this news in mind - we have decided to extend my free world wide shipping offer on my multiple DVD sales - more below...

~ An opportunity to gain a free e-album of reference photographs on any sales of my DVDs

~ Update on Australian Workshops

~ A 'heads up' on where some of my favorite painting materials are on special

DVD world-wide Free shipping offer:

The response to my world wide free shipping offer for orders of 3 or more DVDs purchased directly from my website has been wonderful. You are enjoying this opportunity so much - how can I withdraw it!
So this offer is to continue for a short time longer!

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Free digital E Album of Reference Photographs:

Are you having trouble deciding what subject to paint?
Finding the right subject/photograph to paint can dampen our inspiration at times:

My free E-Album of wonderful painting subjects has been created as a bonus thank you for purchases of any number of DVDs that are bought directly through my website:

Update on Australian Workshops:

Once again we have had a wonderful response to my workshop announcement.

Second workshop: SOLD OUT

First workshop: Only 4 places left

Click on the image below to find out more:

Susan Harrison-Tustain Workshop in Australia 2015

Parkers Art Supplies Sydney Australia currently have a great special price on some of the products I use.

I am often working behind the scenes trying to create opportunities for artists to receive special prices and access to the products I love to use.

I have been talking with Parkers Art Supplies in Sydney Australia with regard to my upcoming workshops.

To coincide with the announcement of my workshops, Parkers also have a few of the products I use at an extremely good price. I thought you may like to know about this opportunity:

These special prices for artists are available to you whether you are on the workshops or not !

Plus Parkers are offering free shipping anywhere in the world for my signature brush set !

Great Prices on these items:

- Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper 300 gsm is reduced from $102.65 down to $77 for a package of 10! Wow! That is a brilliant special price for this beautiful paper. I use this paper exclusively these days. It is superb! And great to find it at this price.

- Susan Harrison-Tustain Signature da Vinci brush set with the beautiful leather carry pouch (all with my signature on the handles and also embossed on the carry pouch).

For a short time Parkers are offering free world-wide shipping on my signature brush set!

Please Note: However the free shipping only applies to this item - not additional items you may like to purchase.

This free shipping offer on my signature brush set is hot off the press because I asked for it. Parkers are adjusting their website to accommodate this free shipping for the da Vinci brush set for my artists - so if you order the set - do contact them when you order - to remind them of this promise!

- Susan Harrison-Tustain signature Schmincke paint set in the Japanned tin box - The box is black, has fold out palette and also has my signature in gold on the box. A great set for the studio and for travel and painting outdoors.

- The Gator Board I love to use is not on special - however it is becoming more difficult to source genuine Gator Board. This is the real McCoy. I am so often asked where artists can get it from. Parkers have it in the sizes and depth I find ideal. The smaller size often fits nicely into a suitcase so is ideal for travel.

I see there are other specials currently showing on my page of materials - so for those interested in the products I use - this is an excellent place to get them from. Parkers constantly ship my products to artists all around the world.

Here is a link to the webpage Parkers Art Supplies has created for easy one-stop-shop access to the products I love to use:

Article: How to Overcome the Fear of Failure:

I have written a revealing post on my facebook page that has been receiving a huge number of comments, shares and likes. It seems to resonate with so many artists.

I thought I would mention it here and spread the word in the hope that you too may find confidence through these words.

With the New Year upon us it is time for new plans and directions to be made. We have a wonderful 12 months ahead - just waiting for us to write on each of the pages! I am sure my article will inspire you, motivate you and bring the self-belief you need to take out your brushes and feel the joy of painting!

Please do 'share, like and comment' below my How to Overcome the Fear of Failure post, so others may also find courage to overcome the self-doubt that almost all artists find a problem at some stage our painting journey.

Click on the link below to view my ' How to Overcome the Fear of Failure article ' - and scroll down the page:

While you are on my Facebook page - please do click 'share, like and comment' on any or all of the articles, hints and tips I have written and posted on my Facebook page. Help me to help reveal all the breakthroughs I have dedicated a great deal of time to create. Each share, like or comment entered up until 31st January will go into the draw for one of the three 1 hour painting critiques mentioned above!

The more you share, like or comment on - the more entries you will have the greater chance you will have to win one of the three critiques mentioned below.

Remember to scroll down through my My Facebook page. I have dedicated this page to all artists.

More on this Competition - plus bonus competition news!


All those who are on my mailing list will also be in to win one of two more free 1 hour critiques!

Click here to join my free mailing and receive my very infrequent newsletter. This newsletter and newsflashes not only are the first place you will hear of any workshops, new dvds, books, magazine articles, television features etc - but you will also be the first to know of any new painting hints and tips, as well as product discoveries I have tested and found to be very useful. It is also a great resource for artists.

Here are the easy to do, mailing list opt in details:

You can 'opt in' to receive Susan's email newsletters by going to the following link:

Just click or copy and paste it into your web browser and follow the simple steps. Once you have filled in your name and email address and sent it off you will receive a message back. Remember to click on the link in that message to complete the opt-in process.

On the 31st January I will draw and notify three people from the list of those who have clicked:
share, like and/or have written a comment about any of the hints and tips I have shared with you on my Facebook page.

I will also draw and notify two additional people on my mailing list who have won a free 1 hour critique as mentioned above!

Each of these five artists or lovers of fine art will receive a one hour critique of any work you choose. (My critiques are always personally created by me).

If your name is drawn - your painting critique can be of a work at any stage: from initial composition, beginning, work in progress or completed painting. It can also be for artists of any skill level, using any medium.

This prize will open your eyes to new ways of extending your work, bringing refinement and finesse that will not only bring a greater expertise to the piece I will critique for you - but it will also impact your future work too!

Here is the link to my Facebook Page:

Enjoy this wonderful Facebook resource I have created for you!

Here's to a 2015 full of inspiration, confidence and painting painting painting!


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How to create rich dark luminous colors!

December 5th, 2014

The Wind's Song, watercolor painting by Susan Harrison-Tustain
The Winds Song
Susan Harrison-Tustain
Watercolor on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper
43" x 19 1/4" (1090mm x 490mm)

I am often asked how to create rich translucent strong color.
The answer to the question is found in the strength and staining qualities of the pigments used in our mixes.
Generally you will find you can build up fine washes of transparent color to create a reasonably rich depth of color (saturation/intensity).
However, many pigments do not have a great strength and/or staining power. If you are in the situation where you feel you are not gaining the strength and intense dark you want - don't ever be tempted to lay in thick color. I imagine you know what will result:
Loss of transparency
A thick glugged and often shiny appearance due to excessive build up of Gum Arabic (binder in Watercolor)
Clog the pores of paper resulting in subsequent layers sitting on surface

This will cause:

- A mixing of all the layers on the surface
- Dulling (greying of color)
- Loss of glow
- Often a brown/grey 'muddy' color results

The answer to the question is easy:

Create a mix of colors that are stronger and/or are more staining colors:
If I want to create a wonderful rich dark color I often use the following colours:
The colors I use when I need a rich intense luminous dark color:

- Anthrquinoid Red (strong staining color)
- Phthalo Blue (Strong staining color)
- Phthalo Green (strong, brilliant)

I sometimes apply any or a mix of these colors to my 'local color' mix when I want to push my color into the realms of a rich luminous dark. In my painting 'The Wind's Song' (above) - I wanted to create a rich dark color in the sky to give the impression of an impending squall. In this case, the color I refer to as my 'local color' (lower sky color), is Paynes Grey Bluish (Schmincke). This is not a strong color. However it is an ideal color for the sky.

In this case, to my Paynes Grey Bluish, I simply added a small amount of one, two or three of the strong/staining colors listed above to give me the punch I was after. This addition also gives me the intensity I need to capture the depth/strength/saturation and luminous transparency you will often see in my paintings.

In Conclusion
The use of strong tonal values brings this painting to life and helps me to establish the unfolding drama as the squall moves closer. Compare the large seagull with the other smaller seagulls that are against a lighter sky. Can you feel the push/pull created by the staining colors?

This is an excellent lesson to demonstrate the power and the intensity that is possible with the use of rich staining colors.


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New DVD About to Be Released!

July 25th, 2014

Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant GreensSusan Harrison-Tustain's Watercolor Masterclass, Volume 1

Painting Life-like leaves - and Mixing Vibrant Greens

PLUS the revolutionary bonus section:

The Five Crucial Elements for a Successful Painting

will be released for orders on 31st July!

Now is the time to discover all that is in store for you in this, the first in my new Masterclass Series of DVDs.

For all levels from beginners to professional artists, this wide-screen, 3+ hours, 2-disc DVD set, filmed with three cameras will expose you to a new way of thinking, analyzing, understanding and looking at watercolor and painting in a new light.

Learn how to paint life-like leaves that have a true presence.

Watch as Susan teaches how you too can mix her fresh, clean vibrant greens as seen in nature. Susan's detailed explanations of her methods and techniques, observation and analysis, the five essential elements to the success of any painting, together with her fresh clean, glowing color mixes, will allow you to adapt her teachings for any subject you wish to paint.

Susan holds nothing back!

Have you ever wondered how Susan captures the light and glowing richness in her paintings? Now you can watch over her shoulder in the comfort of your own home as Susan reveals the methods and techniques she uses and has developed, thPaletteat allow her - and now you - to capture the feeling of 'being there' in every stroke.

See how Susan creates leaves that make us want to reach into the painting and touch the surface. Watch as she shows you how to mix those rich, vibrant greens that allow her leaves to glow with light and life. Susan holds nothing back in her DVDs. She delivers insightful revelations, new skills and new understanding of surface s, light, shadow, form.

As a special bonus, Susan shares the five crucial ingredients that allow her to create paintings that capture emotion, impact, a message and a reality that give her work the professional edge and finesse that is so often commented on. Susan wants you to feel the impact and power of knowledge and understanding as your confidence and skill level increases with her teachings.

Using her finished paintings, Susan will reveal to you, the amazing power and far-reaching impact of these elements - and how they can be used to revolutionize any subject, painting and painting style.

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This much anticipated DVD is packed with wonderful, far-reaching lessons that will help to revolutionize all of your future work!

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How To Paint: Realistic Hair In Watercolor

July 20th, 2014

Hints Tips and Invaluable Information for Watercolor Artists.


I love to share the hints and tips that have made all the difference in my painting career. As windows of time come free - I love to post articles that will hopefully inspire artists and lift their skills and knowledge to the next level. Please do share them and invite your artist friends to enjoy them too. They will be time consuming to write and post - so I would love to help as many artists as possible with each post. I hope to continue to create an invaluable reference for you all:


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Hair needs to be soft and flowing rather than painted in strips. This often gives a stringy-looking appearance. Having soft edges is the key to the success of realistic looking hair.

If you want soft blurred edges you need to lay your colors into damp paper.

First of all lay in your darker colors being sure to keep your colors from flowing into your lightest areas.

Practice first as mentioned below:

Wet a strip of paper. Let the water soak in, until the sheen has just gone from the surface. Now lay in a fine line (or even a larger area) of your the hair color you wish to use. For blonde hair I use a variety of mixes and I use cool - warm color temperature to help me describe and mould the form.

When you lay in your color - watch how your paint flows - if you find the paint spreads too far - then you know you have too much water either on your paper, your brush or in your paint mix.
If the paint leaves as hard line - then you know you need your paper, brush or color to have a little more water in them.

Block off a section of hair - a long strip. Work on one section at a time otherwise it can seem like a maze.

Above is a close up look at hair that I painted for two studies some time ago. They are using similar colours to those you will use for blonde hair. You will notice the strands are blurred and you will also notice the colors often tend to be in blocks of color. Establish these blocks of color and you will have a map of where you are going.

See how the strands are soft-edged and the colors vary from one part of the strand to the other as they come in and out of the influence of the daylight and shadows.
Look closely at the little boy's blonde curly hair. Look at the strands on the side of his face. Look at the different colors and the waves weave in and out of the light. See the yellow, the dark, the light. All of these things are important. Observation is the key to success with hair. Have fun!

In the cool light areas I often use pale washes of a variety of colors or color mixes - depending on the color of the hair: Phthalo Blue tempered with a tiny touch of Translucent Orange can be ideal for the areas around the highlights. (keep the brightest highlights white) Other times Aureolin Yellow can be ideal to help you describe the color next to the cool highlights. You will need to observe what you see in the hair color you wish to paint. But in general - it is good to note that in natural lighting conditions: highlights are cool and shadows are warm.

Lightest Highlight colors: White

Colors next to highlights colors: Pale washes of Phthalo Blue and a touch of Translucent Orange. (Or possibly Aureolin Yellow). You need to look closely and determine what colors you see in each area of hair.

Shadows: Phthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Translucent Orange.Aureolin Yellow.
Allow the shadow color to favor the warmer colors.

Local color: Generally blonde hair is a light brown color. I often create a light brown using Translucent Orange, Aureolin Yellow, Scarlet Red and a touch of Phthalo Blue.

Do remember every hair color will vary with the light source. Create a variety of color mixes and keep note of them for future reference. These will be invaluable for all the different colors you will encounter over the years.

Have fun! And do invite your friends to follow this blog too. I will return as often as time allows to bring many more hints and tips to help you to reach your full potential with watercolor - or any other medium for that matter. Much of what I will share can be applied to any medium!