Debra Huse

Debra Huse Combo Set



This Combo Set Includes Both Debra Huse Videos

Combined Length: 5+ Hours


Impressionistic Brushwork

Paint along with Debra and you’ll discover:

  • The secret way to strategize before painting so you can get the most out of each brushstroke 
  • How to simplify complex subjects and make them easy to capture on your canvas
  • Debra’s unique “Lay it Down and Leave It Alone” approach that avoids overwhelm
  • The effortless way to clear colors so you can say goodbye to a muddy palette
  • The two unique elements Debra adds to her paintings for strong focal points and storytelling
  • The “Keep You Out of Trouble” palette that looks harmonious in any painting
  • How drawing outdoors will allow you to capture the fleeting light of each specific moment 
  • How to learn and internalize techniques by keeping them simple and fun


Debra holds nothing back and shows her three signature techniques:

  • Bold Brushwork. She shows how she applies bold, thick paint with quick movements that give the impressionistic effect she is aiming for.
  • “Lay It Down and Leave It Alone.” This is Debra’s unique technique — perfect if you tend to overwork and never know how to finish a painting.
  • Finding the Light and Shadow for Drama. Capturing light and shadow when painting in plein air is not only fun, it keeps the composition together and creates a dramatic effect. 


Debra is known for her style of loose, impressionistic brushstrokes, thick color, and a vibrant color palette. 

Yet what Debra is most acclaimed for is the fun, enjoyable atmosphere of her paintings. 

“People always tell me my paintings are happy, and I think that’s because I’m so happy making them.” — Debra Huse

What’s more, she uses techniques that are very different from most oil painters because of her background in pastels.

For example, she uses underpainting techniques to achieve her unique colors, and she has a fundamental knowledge of brush sizes and their correct use. 

With her video course, you’ll learn to emulate Debra’s techniques and make them your own. 

That means you’ll be less overwhelmed painting busy scenes, and you’ll be able to balance your palette, capture the light of the moment, add reds and other bold colors to your painting, and so much more.

Follow along with the video and you will capture the historic location of an old shipyard.

Such subjects can be overwhelming, but Debra will teach you how to simplify and organize elements with strategies to make painting easy and successful. 


Strategies include:

  • Using color vs. grays
  • Determining a focal point 
  • Learning what to change to make an idea engaging and fun
  • How to strategize for painting success
  • The secret to getting clean color
  • How to paint with confidence
  • Why Debra loves to add lettering to her paintings
  • The easy way to include a figure in your work


Debra’s unique superpower is strategizing for success with design, value, and color. 

Let her be your guide while you explore exciting subjects and fun atmospheres.




In this video, you’ll learn:

  • The secret power of using the right kind of brush, the right way
  • How Debra infused years of working with pastels into her work with oils
  • The power of always adding this one element in your landscapes that have water
  • How to sneak the warm colors into gray, blue, and green harbor scenes
  • Why you must push paint into submission (sometimes)
  • How to paint your state of mind right into your painting and convey emotions
  • Why thick paint can be freeing
  • How to take a complicated subject and simplify it with massive impact
  • Using your artistic license and using a photo only as a guide
  • Why using Debra’s “Theory of Thirds” will make a well-composed painting every time
  • The power of painting and walking away
  • Brush techniques Debra developed — that you can “steal!”
  • How to avoid muddy paint
  • The secret to introducing bright colors to guide the eye
  • How to avoid being a slave to your subject and have more fun
  • A new method to plan your design before you start painting
  • How to choose an emotionally engaging focal point
  • A revealing look at lighting for painting success
  • And much, much more!

“Impressionism with Debra Huse” is an exclusive instruction video that is packed full of easy-to-learn skills taught by a master in a fun and entertaining step-by-step video presentation.

  “When I see the boats, they make me happy. They are so full of life and color and pageantry.”                                     Debra Huse


Sometimes, you know your paintings just don’t have the “X-factor” that makes people stop and take notice of your work.

Every artist goes through times when their skills are lacking something … and they don’t always know what it is!

By studying with Debra Huse, you’re going to discover how to break things down into components, which will help you advance your art by looking at everything step-by-step rather than attempting to achieve a certain end-look and falling short.


Meet Debra Huse

When her mom saw Debra’s natural talent, she strongly encouraged it. She was able to get Debra into professional lessons at age 10. Then, Debra was taking college courses at age 12.

Debra attended Indiana University and studied graphic design. Upon graduation, she got a painting job with the now-famous C.W. Mundy. She then moved to California, where she pursued a career as an art director.

After her workdays were done, she would paint! Every night from 8 p.m. until about 11 p.m., she would paint and work on her skills.

Does this sound familiar? Do you paint every chance you get? Or when you have some unexpected time in your day, do you wish you could be painting?

There is something relaxing AND invigorating about getting your paints out and creating that world on the canvas where you are in total control.

If you’re like most artists, you’ve had that frustration set in when your painting doesn’t match what you WANT it to look like! That’s when you realize that you need to bring your skills UP!

That’s where Debra comes in!

Debra also had a desire to become better. So she started to reach out to mentors she respected. She began working with them. 


You’ll discover that as you learn from Debra in this video, the authority and talents of these greats will flow through her to you! They include: 

  • C.W. Mundy
  • Ken Auster
  • Edgar Payne
  • Armin Hansen
  • Charles Movalli


Debra became so accomplished that she won the Charles Movalli Award at a plein air event.

The mentor’s secret revealed
In this video, Debra will reveal a technique she personally learned from one of her mentors that completely changed the way she painted. 

Following his example, she developed a discipline to do this with every painting, and it works. When she started doing this, people noticed her paintings more. Collectors began seeking her paintings out more. 

The same can happen for you once you understand and put this in place when you are painting.

The gallery of her dreams

On beautiful Balboa Island, Debra was able to open her own gallery. That became her base of operations as she showed and sold her own art and that of other talented artists. 

Plus, the water is a huge inspiration for her. She loves watching the colorful sailboats racing on the water.

The water is calling

Living and working on Balboa Island, Debra and her husband have a boat that allows them to explore the surroundings and paint gorgeous scenes that not many people can experience. 

She immerses herself in the environment and shares what she looks for and how she captures every detail. And now, through her paintings, people can feel like they are there with her.


“I want to portray how I feel about the boats in my paintings”
Debra Huse


Debra’s attention to the texture of each color and to her application technique is amazing to watch. She also explains in an easy, step-by-step way how you can do this in your paintings.

Each brush performs a different job. The quality of the brush and the way you use it must be in perfect harmony. Only then will you get the effect that will amaze!



  • Who I am and why I am here , what I have to offer to you
  • What I am teaching in this video and how it will benefit you.
  • Briefly review the goals and objectives for this video
  • Briefly review the subject we are going to paint and how we will SIMPLIFY what is a complicated scene--a sailboat race on the open water
  • Encourage students to follow and participate to paint this Regatta scene of old-fashioned wooden sailboats racing across the water on a sunny day


CHAPTER 2 TITLE: Materials and Tools

Review Materials to be used in video

WHY she uses the materials she does, which is helpful: 

  • Bouncy brushes, not too stiff
  • What color paints and why / what those get used for
  • Why the specific easel (she does the demo in her gallery space on her plein air easel)
  • She has her own line of Brushes and Paints


CHAPTER 3 TITLE: Design for Success

Goal for segment:  Focal point discussion and overall design of painting

  • Tint Canvas
  • Mark Thirds
  • Decide on focal point and horizon
  • Focal Point what where and why


CHAPTER 4 TITLE: Scrub in the Dark Values

  • Short Flats and how to use them
  • Why darks first–can’t put dark on top of light, so gotta get them in right away
  • Scrubbing and Scumbling brush techniques
  • Debra equates scrubbing as the motion you make when you are “getting something off the refrigerator”
  • Why you should ALWAYS have reflections on water, and at what KEY MOMENT they need added to the painting, it’s earlier than you would think!
  • When seen from afar, ALL people’s skin tone in sun has some orange glow–no matter what their ethnicity


CHAPTER 5 TITLE: Fill in the Big Shapes

  • brush techniques
  • How to paint SHIMMERING water
  • GO-to SKY colors
  • How to DESIGN CLOUDS to lead the eye to the focal point
  • How to avoid “dabbing” and “swiping” –put your paint down and leave it alone so your clouds have vibrance and liveliness
  • You’ll even get some BAD WEATHER tips – An avid boater herself, Debra knows what  clouds will tell you if there's an approaching storm!
  • What type of brushstroke to avoid in the sky–You should NEVER put the sky in with horizontal strokes
  • HOW TO AVOID overworked or muddy-looking paintings


CHAPTER 6 TITLE: Deconstruct Shapes

  • Deconstruct edges of big shapes for flow and to portray motion
  • Why there should be NO SHARP EDGES in a sailboat painting


CHAPTER 7 TITLE: Pulling It All Together

  • What to add and what to leave to the viewer imagination
  • rigger brush and uses
  • Edges
  • Paint the FIgures
  • How to keep the boats SITTING DOWN  in the water
  • KEYS to painting realistic regatta sailboats (lettering on sails on both sides will be visible when sun shines thru a sail, how the stitches on sails lend a graphic element to the painting, how the boaters and their boat usually have matching colors, boat terminology, etc.)
  • THE ONE COLOR you need for glowing sails
  • When it’s OK to outline an object so that it stands out more, and how to do it so no one notices
  • How to make DISTANT Land and Boats that STAY in the distance
  • How to FIX mistakes–wipe out a boat in under a minute without anyone knowing it was there
  • Debra’s MORSE CODE–little dots and dashes to represent distant objects


CHAPTER 8 TITLE: Final Adjustments

  • Step away before finishing.
  • Add more SPARKLE to the water



  • An intimate tour of Debra’s art studio
  • Insights from the Artist
  • Exhibit of Works — set to music
  • High-speed View of demo painting — always a fan favorite!