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THE POWER OF COLOR – free painting lesson series

WELCOME TO MY FREE ART LESSON:  The Power of #Color This is a short series of #freepaintinglessons where you will discover invaluable, powerful insights into #painting! Today's #lesson we will begin talking about The Power of Color. #Color of course is a huge subject...

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HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS

HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS  When it comes to self-doubt - you are not alone! It is rare to meet an artist with absolute and supreme confidence in their painting skills. Painting is challenging and if we want to grow our painting skills,...

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#FREE ART LESSON: HOWTO #PAINT #HAIR

FREE ART LESSON HINTS AND TIPS: HOW TO PAINT HAIR #HOW TO #PAINT #REALISTIC #HAIR My blog posts are a great place to learn some of my invaluable #hints and #tips for #painting. Often the information I share will relate to any medium. If you would like to learn how to...

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#PAINTING LUMINOUS #COLORS IN #WATERCOLOR

Facebook Painting Challenge 6/7 #PAINTING CHALLENGE AND #FREE #PAINTINGLESSON 6th of 7 day Facebook painting challenge Hamilton #Watercolor by Susan Harrison-Tustain This is the sixth painting in my seven day challenge I have written another #freepainting #artlesson...

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New oil on 24 Carat Gold and Palladium Painting

Oil on 24 carat gold and palladium leaf – poplar panel. Here are my final tweaks on this pre-study: – Golden eggs lay secure in the kingfisher nest – Russet, yellow, orange and green leaves are carried on an Autumnal breeze behind Alice – And finally I have softened...

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STAGE 2 OF MY SALLY HOLMES ROSE PAINTING

In this #art #lesson Stage Two –  have now extended my yellow underwash in the #background. It looks luscious doesn’t it! Some have said they like the #background just as it is – however – watch this space and you will see how these varying strengths of yellow will...

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Work in Progress

We all learn so much from watching Works in Progress come to life. Seeing the painting stages and watching as the painting evolves can be fascinating and full of great lessons. I thought I would post a series of stages for the painting I created as part of the...

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Latest news from Susan Harrison-Tustain Studio

LEARN INVALUABLE FREE PAINTING LESSONS, HINTS, TIPS AND CATCH UP ON THE NEWS FROM SUSAN’S ART STUDIO! At last, as promised, here is my latest newsletter. Included in this one are: * LEARN HOW TO BRING THAT PROFESSIONAL EDGE TO YOUR PAINTINGS! Learn some fabulous, free...

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Susan’s Television Show Goes to Air

GREAT NEWS!!!!! We can now tell you the ‘Put Some Colour in Your Life’ TV show featuring Susan is to be launched todaySaturday 8th August! Hello Everyone, It’s Richard, Susan’s husband, here. Susan is currently very busy preparing for her October workshops on...

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAYINGS

  ” SIMPLICITY HAS FORCE!” What does this saying refer to?Those who have been on my art workshops or have my ‘how to paint’ DVDs will have heard me say this often. Very often we think that by painting every  detail in every part of the painting – we will have a...

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HOW TO CLEAN OIL PAINTING BRUSHES

Ask someone else to do it! No – I jest. But I love that idea! No let’s be serious about this…. I wear gloves to protect my skin Firstly begin by removing as much paint as possible with a paper towel I then dip my brushes in Odourless Mineral Spirits. I work this...

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How to paint in Watercolor – This Week’s Hints and Tips

If there is ONE THING I am asked about above all others – it is “How much water to use when painting in watercolor”. Becoming familiar with how much water to use in a watercolor painting will have a huge impact on so many aspects of your paintings.   This lesson will...

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LEARN HOW TO OBSERVE TEXTURES AND SURFACES

I have been teaching for over 25 years now and I find one of the most often asked about subjects is backgrounds. So many artists are intimidated by the background. It seems painting foreground is a pleasure – but when it comes to a background – fear sets in!This is...

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HINTS FOR OIL PAINTING ON PANEL AND LINEN

Dedication Oil painting on Oil Primed Belgian Linen by Susan Harrison-Tustain As many of you know I paint both in watercolor and oil. I am often asked what substrate I use for my oil paintings. Generally for oil painting I prefer to use Belgian linen. Often oil primed...

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HOW TO PAINT AN INTELLIGENT COMPOSITION

Hi Everyone Have you always wanted to know how to create unique painting compositions? It is high time I posted a teaching lesson for those who love to learn and extend their skill level. It is always my pleasure to help you on your journey Have you ever struggled...

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HOW TO PAINT GORGEOUS BIRD STUDIES IN WATERCOLOR

I love to hear the bird song just outside my studio window. We have a Song Thrush family we have encouraged to nest nearby. The mother often flies in and does a swoop around my studio to let me know she and her family are ready for another sirloin mince/wheat germ and...

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How to create rich dark luminous colors!

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...

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How To Paint: Realistic Hair In Watercolor

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...

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The power of a background

I am often asked how to paint backgrounds and how to paint pale colors in watercolor. I sometimes choose to paint a study with a white background. A floral work with an unpainted background is often titled a “redoute” style painting. After the famous botanical artist...

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How to create form with colour and colour temperature

Color temperature along with tone, color, intensity and edges allow us to create the impression of reality in watercolor and all other painting mediums. How to create form with colour and colour temperature? Have you struggled trying to paint in watercolor? Have you...

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How to paint in watercolor and how to paint in oil

How do we paint? Where do we start to paint in watercolor and where do we start to paint in oils? Most artists think a painting begins with the drawing – but in reality a successful painting begins long before we take a pencil in our hands. You will have heard me talk...

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Portrait of Europe – A Mediterranean Odyssey 2014 tour

Hello Everyone We have some great news to share with you! Europe is calling…. We are now able to announce our Portrait of Europe – A Mediterranean Odyssey 2014 tour! Our Mediterranean Odyssey 2014 preliminary tour brochure is here! The feedback we receive is you would...

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The Best Watercolor Paper – for my Painting Methods

Hot pressed  watercolor paper versus cold pressed watercolor paper? I have so often asked the following questions: Which watercolor paper is best to use What is the difference between Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper and Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper What is size – on...

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Free watercolor painting lesson

This is one of my early paintings showing you how I used to paint before I discovered how to paint in watercolor using my Priming Method. Take a look at the hard edges, shadows and the raw washed-out colors in this early painting. Now take a look below at the...

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New book: The Power of Us: New Zealanders Who Dare to Dream

Susan Harrison-Tustain is humbled and honoured to be included in a new book that celebrates “53 inspirational New Zealanders who dare to dream”. The book is the result of a collaboration between New Zealander of the Year (2010), Sir Ray Avery, television journalist...

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New Oil Paintings for my ‘Recollection’ Exhibition 2011

‘Lost in Thought’ Oil Painting © Susan Harrison-Tustain Less than a week to go before my Recollection exhibition opening! It is very exciting. My favorite moment is when the exhibition is declared open and each marshal standing next to each painting, removes the cloak...

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