Paint a Portrait in Watercolour with Susie Murphie


Susie Murphie is a watercolour artist with more than 30 years experience. She shares her passion through teaching; skilfully capturing a moment in time with landscape, still life and animal subjects.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Perfect your skill for painting a portrait in watercolour. Using simple techniques, you will learn Susie’s approach to ‘drawing a face; how to create realistic eyes and how to keep watercolours transparent and beautiful. Susie will guide you through every step and her method teaches you essential techniques to tackle many subjects with confidence. 

With a limited palette of six colours, Susie will demonstrate how to mix lovely skin tones as well as hair, lip and eye colours. Also how to control the paint and create simplified transparent portraits. 

Susie is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher.


NEW DATE ADDED:  Sunday 14th June 2020
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Date:  Saturday 13th June 2020 
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm




Please bring the following materials:  Brushes

  • Some portrait photographs you would like to use as reference – printed on A4 paper, ensuring you can see the face clearly. Susie will also bring reference materials
  • Susie recommends Windsor and Newton watercolour paints. They are affordable, excellent quality and ensure optimum results. Small tubes are fine and last for months, if not years 
  • Windsor and Newton colours: 
    French Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue
  • Watercolour paper cold pressed pad – A3 or A4. Please don’t bring cheap quality from a discount store or you will produce and inferior result
  • LARGE watercolour palette – alternatively bring a large white plastic or ceramic plate
  • Watercolour brushes size 12 and 16, synthetic round brushes from Bunnings craft section are less than $5 each and are excellent. You will not need small brushes. 
  • Pencil 2B, eraser, notebook
  • Old cloth (hand towel, tea towel or paper towels) 
  • Masking tape or clips
  • Please bring lunch. (morning/afternoon tea and refreshments are included in the workshop) 


VENUEAll Saints

All Saints Church Hall
85 Ocean Street,



Edgecliff Station and walk (10 mins) up Ocean St
For bus routes visit or call 131 50
Free parking in the grounds of the Church



Susie Murphie portrait of a boy


$180.00 per person 




A refund is possible if a replacement booking is received.


Course (click below to select)


Course (click below to select)

Number of People


Comments are closed.