DVD: Watercolor Masterclass Volume One: “Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant Greens” – for all skill levels

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2 Disc DVD set ~ almost 5 hours of invaluable tuition

Please note that the price shown above is for the 2-disc DVD set. The Video Download of this title is hosted on Platform Purple in the USA and is priced at US$54.50.


In response to constant requests for detailed instruction on painting a wide variety of subjects, Susan has produced this, the first volume of her ‘Watercolor Masterclass’ series.This is to add to her stable of internationally best selling DVDs (over 25,000 sold around the world). This DVD is designed for all skill levels. Scroll down this page for a full description and images.

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2 Disc DVD set ~ almost 5 hours of invaluable tuition

In response to constant requests for detailed instruction on painting a wide variety of subjects, Susan has produced this, the first volume of her ‘Watercolor Masterclass’ series.This is to add to her stable of internationally best selling DVDs (over 25,000 sold around the world). This DVD is designed for all skill levels.

From beginners to professionals – no matter what stage you are at – you will find in-depth guidance, extension and invaluable information that will lift your work to the next level and beyond. In Susan’s 20+ years of teaching painting, she has mastered the art of knowing and sharing what artists are passionate to learn.
This 2-disc DVD set focuses on the skills, understanding and knowledge needed to create paintings that have impact and capture emotion that allows you to connect and speak to the viewers of your work. Susan emphasizes that her art instruction can be adapted to any subject, painting style and painting medium you wish to use.

Watch as Susan explains and demonstrates in great depth:


How to paint leaves that are astonishingly real. Watch the leaves appear to emerge from the paper as if they have a presence – while Susan shares every detail and skill in her gentle, easy-to-understand style of teaching.
Learn how to capture the different leaf surfaces: shiny, matt, smooth, undulating, puffed, veined leaves.

Mix natural greens that are rich, luscious and vibrant. Susan shares her knowledge to help you to build a great repertoire of green mixes – those found in nature.

These methods, skills and new understanding of how to mix colour can be applied to mixing any colour at all!

Are you on the proverbial plateau? You are not alone!

At some stage, most artists find themselves on a plateau, not knowing how to move forward ~ what is missing in their work ~ and how to gain that special ingredient to bring a professional edge to their work.

As a special bonus: Susan shows how ‘The Five Crucial Elements for a Successful Painting’ will open your eyes to understanding these key essentials – and the role they play in the success of all artists’ paintings.

They will help lift your work from that plateau! Learn how understanding Colour, Colour Temperature, Tone, Intensity and Edges will revolutionize how you observe, analyze and paint any subject from now on.

Susan will share how this knowledge will help you to capture emotion, create an impact, convey a message and portray a reality that will reach out of the frame and connect with the viewers of your work.

Learn the essential observation skills that will help you to analyze and evaluate your own work.

Susan wants you to experience the empowering confidence that grows as your knowledge, understanding and skill level increases with her teachings. Using her finished paintings, Susan will reveal to you, the amazing and far-reaching impact of the five crucial elements she shares – and how they can be used to revolutionize any subject, painting and painting style.
Susan speaks directly to you as if you are taking part in one of her workshops. Hear her deliberations, her observations and how she thinks while she is painting. This is a valuable insight into how this world-acclaimed artist approaches painting and also the challenges that unfold during the different stages of each piece.
” We learn more from facing challenges in a painting than we might learn from getting everything right the first time. If we are never faced with painting problems to solve, we would be without challenge and would never grow as artists. The best prize is confidence and this is reserved for those who thirst for a deeper understanding” Susan Harrison-Tustain

Join world-acclaimed artist and teacher Susan Harrison-Tustain in almost 5 hours of invaluable art instruction, information, insights and demonstration.

This, the 4th DVD title released by Susan, is packed with information and demonstrations of her internationally acclaimed watercolour techniques and methods.

1 review for DVD: Watercolor Masterclass Volume One: “Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant Greens” – for all skill levels

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    This comment is for you and I hope you are on the forum to read my many thanks to you for both your DVD’s as well as your book. I feel so much more comfortable with the control of water and color on the paper, after so many years of trial and error. It is totally amazing to watch as well as listen to your teachings. I can’t thank you enough for making my art experience so wide open and beautiful. I can’t wait for your new DVD’s and books. I personally think that its wonderful to have the DVD as well as the workshop because I can enjoy the DVD over and over again. You are amazing and I’m so thankful to you for sharing your technique with the world. You are my newest blessing and I’m loving every moment of painting! I will probable send you an email every so often to thank you because I’m just so grateful for all your inspiration! Grin!

    Thank You!!

    Gina (USA)

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DVD Reference Images for ‘Watercolor Masterclass Vol One’

Images of the reference photograph, drawing and Susan’s completed painting are available for you to save and print for your own use. Each can be downloaded in either JPG or PDF format. The JPG can be opened and manipulated in any image editing software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop) and the PDF can be opened in Adobe Reader (available as a free download from Adobe.com) Click the download links of your choice below:

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An ever-growing e-album of reference photographs is our gift to you with the purchase of any Susan Harrison-Tustain DVD/s. (Please note: Sales must be made directly via this website to receive this gift).

Do you have trouble finding the ‘right’ subject for your paintings?
Do you wish you had a better camera or skills to enable you to take ideal shots of beautiful subject matter for your paintings?
Do you want images that are perfectly lit and capture clear, crisp detail so you can paint the delicate nuances that will make your painting speak so beautifully to the viewers of your work?
Do you need images of roses but the rose season is over?
Or are you feeling a little blank when it comes to inspiration?
Maybe you would enjoy combining some of these images to create your individual painting. This e-album has a number of images of the same subject matter – all taken from the same angle and using the same light source. This will enable you to work your own magic!

“The power of a composition and good reference material cannot be underrated. I always say you can be the best painter in the world – but if your composition (and reference material) is lacking – nothing can lift that painting beyond a well ‘painted’ study. What we want to achieve are paintings that say so much more than that”.

The Susan Harrison-Tustain reference photograph e-album could be the answer you are looking for.

The security coded e-album of photographs is designed to help you chose your subjects from an array of reference photographs featuring florals, still life, street scenes, figurative, bird studies as well as miscellaneous subject matter. No matter what your preference, we are sure you will find inspiration here. Additional images will be added to the album from time to time to keep your inspiration flowing!

Susan has put together an e-album of awesome reference images for your use. This is a free, bonus, easily down-loadable gift with the purchase of any Susan Harrison-Tustain DVDs.

You may like to use parts of images to create your own composition. We feel this is the ideal gift for the artist who just wants to have their brushes flying without having to first search for the ideal subject matter.

These images are taken by Susan or Richard Harrison-Tustain. They are royalty-free as well as copyright free – and available only to those who purchase Susan’s DVDs from her website.

Please note it is advisable not to use other people’s reference images if you plan to enter a competition with the painting. Almost all competitions exclude the use of such images. Unless of course, you have changed the composition substantially.

“These images are for your pleasure and to help you move forward with your painting. Richard and I hope they bring you, your family and friends as well as patrons inspiration and joy from your finished paintings! Have fun! Susan”

YES, great news! After many requests to have downloadable versions of Susan’s four 2-disc DVD titles we now have those available, so you can play them on your iPad, Android device, laptop, netbook or desktop computer. Of course, one of the best features of a DVD is the chapter menu and the navigation option for easily playing any section you wish. The video platform we have chosen allows this function. It’s called Platform Purple.

To purchase and play the downloadable DVDs the first step is to visit Susan’s DVD download shop (click HERE). Once you have purchased a DVD download and signed up to Platform Purple you are ready to begin watching and learning from Susan’s teaching on any of your devices.

Please note:

  • There are 2 great options for viewing:

           1. If you have a reasonably fast internet connection (such as found in most of North America and Europe for example) it is possible to watch the DVD video you have purchased by ‘streaming’. You can do this in your browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari) by clicking HERE. Then login with your email address and password.

           2. If your internet connection is slower, and also if you wish to watch the DVDs offline you are best to ‘download’ the files to your computer or portable device to watch them at your leisure on the free ‘Purple Player’. The player is available for Windows or Mac desktop computers, laptops and netbooks and for Android or iOS hand-held mobile devices (such as Samsung or iPad tablets and ‘phones). Once you own the DVD download you can play it on any of these devices you have (with the correct version of the player installed for the device). Just go to your ‘My Library’ page (click HERE) and login using the email address and password you registered with. There you will find the download(s) you have purchased and the icons for all the devices for accessing your download. Clicking the relevant icon will provide access information for viewing your download(s). Downloaded files are stored to your computer or device, so please ensure there is sufficient space for them. The files for the 4 DVDs are about 1.5 to 2 Gb each

  • I mentioned above that one of the great features of our downloads via Platform Purple is that the menu and navigation functions found on the DVD discs are retained. In the player window just click on the word ‘Chapters’. A list of all the chapters opens up so you can easily click on the one you wish to play.
  • Another resource you will find useful are the reference images relating to the download. You can find those in pdf format if you click on the ‘Additional Media’ button, or ‘Attachments’
  • There are also the options to alter the video playing speed and to loop a section of video so you can see it several times. In the browser playing window just click on the ‘advanced controls’ Or in the ‘Purple Player’ window click on the little toothed wheel (bottom right). When moused over it says ‘Settings’.
  • For any questions you have or information you may require about the downloads ‘Platform Purple’ has a very good ‘Help Center’ and ‘Customer Support’ service – click HERE to access it.
  • The price of the DVD downloads is in US$ and is the same as the price of a physical DVD set, but with NO added shipping cost. With downloads we obviously incur no DVD disc production costs, but there is a cost to have the DVD downloads hosted and available for purchase. This cost is, in fact, higher than the cost of physical discs + shipping. For a very reasonable price the downloads provide great convenience and practicality for viewing of Susan’s DVDs, especially on the portable devices that are becoming ever more popular.
  • To enjoy the downloadable versions of Susan’s DVDs, please visit her shop by clicking HERE.

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