Susie Short Demo

Tuesday seemed an odd day for a demo at Daniel Smith, Seattle.  They are usually on the weekends.  Susie Short, though, was passing through on her way home, so we had a demo today.  She’ll be back in October for 2 sessions of 3-day workshops:  one each at Daniel Smith Bellevue and Seattle.

She demonstrated mixing and painting with a split primary palette.  She uses 3 warm colors and 3 cool colors:  Hansa YUellow Medium (c), New Gamboge (w), Phthalo Blue (c), French Ultramarine (w), Quinacridone Rose (c), Pyrrol Orange (w).

Following are some tips and tricks that I found particularly useful.  We were joking that these were “worth the price of admission”.  Of course, the demo was free, so these are actually worth far more than the price of admission!

Mix a “dirty water solution” of neutral tint.  Use it as a wash over a completely dry section of a painting that you want to tone down, or send to background.  Not only the paint must be dry, but the back of the paper has to be completely dry.

When filling palette wells or pans, fill only 1/3 at a time.  This prevents cracking.

This was the head slapping wonderful suggesting….. How she makes a palette chart:  Use the Daniel Smith color chart!  Cut out each color used in the palette and tape to the key for your palette colors.  In using the chart, the technical details on each color are also there!

That was a “coulda had a V-8” moment!

Using a flat brush for evergreen trees.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to Susie Short Demo

  1. vickiross says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the tips…wow! Coulda used a v-8 too! I need to get her DVD out and her brush…

  2. JOAN says:

    Holy Moly! Coulda Had a V-8 is right. Why don’t we think of these oh so obvious things? DUH. Thanks for sharing.

  3. joantav says:

    Great tips from Susie! Thanks for sharing.

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