The second in this series (though every bit as wonderful as the first in this series (Carolyn Anderson)) is Susan Harrison-Tustain (her web site).
1. What about Susan's paintings made me want to learn from her?
Here are some examples of her finished paintings.
Hard to believe that this is a watercolor, you are saying, Look at Susan's wonderful command of warm and cool colors. For example, the warm greens of the sunlit leaves and the cool greens of the leaves in shadow, Look at the glow of the inside of the main rose.
In addition to her wonderful flowers, the beautiful texture and depth of the stonewall background in this painting are fabulous.
This painting is also featured on the cover of her best selling teaching book "Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor" (link).
This is also a watercolor. Susan's figurative pieces are breathtaking. The flesh she paints is alive. In this painting she also captures the pattern of the lace umbrella and the bounced light from the poppies on the foreground arm.
Susan paints in both watercolor and in oil. Her oil paintings are as stunning as her watercolors. Recently she has painted on 24 carat gold and palladium leaf. This beautiful painting is an example of this. You can spend time enjoying more of her beautiful images on her web page.
Susan's workshops that I attended were watercolor.
2. What About Susan's Ability to Teach?
Susan has a fabulous web page with free art lessons (link). She also has instructional art dvds and video downloads .( I love every one that she has done). She generously shares her color palette and has even more teaching information on her newsletter/blog page (link).
Currently, Susan only teaches workshops in Australia and places in her workshops are reserved as soon as they are announced. She is as generous, caring and excellent teaching in person as she is in all of her available resources already discussed.
3. Equity: Does Susan Spend Time with Everyone?
Susan is very careful to give time and personal attention to every person in her workshop. As a teacher, I want to emulate Susan in trying to reach every student as a unique individual.
4. Evaluation After the Class
I didn't know how valuable notes or photographs of work in progress during a workshop were when I took Susan's workshop many years ago. I have no direct quotes or WIP photos. However, I continue to use her "priming method" (described in her book, her magazine articles, her dvds and on her blog) and careful layering of thin color washes in particular areas of my watercolors. I am too impatient to paint this precisely in all of my paintings. However, I know Susan's teaching allows me to achieve great form, depth and clean luminous colors when I can slow myself down. Susan taught me to understand "warm and cool" yellows which was a breakthrough for me. I was totally stuck on yellow being a "warm color".
If you are able to travel to Australia just for a workshop with Susan, it would be worth it, in my opinion. Additional travel could be an option. Get your name on the list early!!!
Mom, Wife, Former Pediatrician, One who LOVES color, creativity, paint, and lifelong learning.