24 CARAT GOLD, SILVER & PALLADIUM LEAF PAINTING SERIES
Throughout recorded history gold has been regarded as a symbol of wealth, beauty and prestige, used for high value coins, jewellery, decoration and the arts. Amongst fine 24 carat gold’s particular properties is its malleability, meaning it can be beaten into very thin sheets, forming gold leaf.
Below the images is a description of my journey of discovery of painting on 24 carat gold, silver and palladium leaf.
‘Free Spirit’ – Oil on 24 carat gold leaf and palladium leaf on Poplar Panel. Figurative oil painting. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘The Gift’ – Oil on 24 Carat Gold Leaf and Palladium Leaf on Poplar Panel. Figurative oil painting. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘Last Leaf’ – Oil on 24 Carat Gold Leaf and Palladium Leaf on Poplar panel. The last remaining leaf as winter takes hold over the birch tree stand. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘Tempus Fugit’ (Time Flies) – Oil on palladium leaf on poplar wood panel. Miniature painting. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘Beyond the Mist’ – Oil on 24 carat gold leaf and palladium leaf on poplar wood panel. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘Free Spirit Pre-study’ – Oil on 24 carat gold leaf and palladium leaf on Belgian Linen. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
‘The Gift Pre-study’ – Oil on 24 carat gold leaf and palladium leaf on Belgian Linen. © Susan Harrison-Tustain
A visit to the spectacular art-based multimedia ‘Carrières de Lumières’ show in Les Baux-de-Provence, France, inspired me to forge a new path on my artistic journey. The show was titled ‘Klimt and Vienna, a century of gold and colours’. It electrified my imagination and drove me to delve into a completely new way of creating my art. Painting in oil on 24 carat gold leaf, palladium leaf and silver leaf (known as the ‘noble metals’) provides a whole new set of challenges for an artist.
Months of research involving leading world experts in art conservation and materials has given me the knowledge and expertise to understand this ancient art and to ensure I use the very best materials and techniques to create my unique new art collection. The passion I have for painting on leafing is wonderfully challenging and incredibly exhilarating. Illuminated by ever-changing light throughout the day, the metallic leaf comes to life and brings a whole new dimension to my paintings.
Imagination and artistic vision add a twist to each piece. The more you look the more you will see. As I paint, combining elements of four painting styles (surrealism, symbolism, realism, impressionism), the work takes on a life of its own, allowing me to express the reason for the painting’s existence.
My ‘Free Spirit’ painting series will be unveiled at my October 2017 Exhibition.
Susan offers a select collection of fine art prints.
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Instructional Art DVD’s and Video Downloads
Click on any of the DVD images below to find more in-depth information on the contents of each of the DVDs and Video Downloads.
DVD: Watercolor Masterclass Volume One: “Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant Greens” – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
One-on-One Watercolor Workshops with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Painting Watercolor My Way with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50