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Oil Painting Tutorial – Step by Step – Part 3 with Helen Norton

Helen Norton left home at sixteen to spend the next ten years working and living in the most remote desert locations in Australia. 

Not intending on becoming an artist, her ambitions focused on immersing herself in as much adventure as was possible to extract from life. 

She met her husband to be in the North West, and this led to a reluctant putting down of roots for a while in Broome, Western Australia. However the frustration of being stuck in Broome led to her picking up the paintbrush to create a continuing invention of adventures on the canvas.


For two decades, Norton continued her travels throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara and overseas as well as ‘over the seas’ – for her on board QE2 works. She has always used her life experiences to inject her artwork with more complex layers of narrative. 

In this, the conclusion of a 3 part series created especially for Colour In Your Life, Helen demonstrates adding detail using a variety of brush techniques to add “random” realism elements :) 

Watch Part 3 of Helen’s Tutorial Here:

Click here if you missed Part 1!  And click here for Part 2 :)

For more of Helen’s work, click here

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