Focusing on color and light, Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and how to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color. The effects of light on color, composition, and perception, as well as the use of different types of light are explored. Painting from costumed models and still life, each student receives individual attention and critiques. Demonstrations, lectures, and a slide show are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color.


• All mediums welcome
• Beginner to professional
• Instructor demonstrations
• Individual instruction, critiques


“I sincerely can’t remember a more powerful learning experience in my 30 years of painting. You have inspired me and lit a fire.” — Janeen Schissler


(Intermediate and up)

This class begins with a review of painting principles, including optical mixing of layered color, essential elements of strong composition and the effects of light. We will also focus on the later stages of painting, learning to harmonize color masses while developing the ability to really see and mix color, especially those that are nuanced and subtle. Finally, we will explore the finishing touches that turn paintings into personal statements.

Painting from costumed models and still life, plein air artists will benefit from in-studio projects that solidify valuable principles needed for outdoor painting. Demonstrations, lectures, and a slideshow are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color.



The Pastel Society of America and Hudson River Valley Art Workshops together are offering this destination workshop. This workshop combines Sally’s  Color of Light and Paint-With-Me and Mentoring workshops and includes studio instruction and plein air painting at some of the same spots as the famous Hudson River Valley painters. A private tour of the home and work of Frederick Church will make this an exciting workshop!

Color of Light — Hudson River Valley
Greenville Arms, in the Catskill Mountains, Greenville, New York
July 21 – 27, 2019
Contact: Kim LaPolla


“Of all the valuable information you provided us, for me the most valuable was what you had to say about learning to think like an artist. “ — Jim McIntyre



Personal Mentoring

You don’t have to wait for a workshop.

Through private mentoring sessions, I help you take specific steps to accelerate your skill level and personal vision. And wouldn’t it be amazing to get your business systems up and running so you have more time to do the important things— like painting??

I have really enjoyed my new mentoring sessions done in person or via the Internet. Contact me for further information and to set up a time for your consultation.


“Sally’s clarity matched with both subjective and objective approaches towards critiquing my artwork was enlightening! . . . and she took the time to understand me as a person and an artist in order to create a unique business approach tailored to accomplishing the goals of my own artistic journey.” — Anne Strutz


International Travel and Mentoring Workshops

Springtime in France!
Paint-With-Me and Mentoring Workshop in the South of France

May 23–29 (leave 30th), 2018
Location: Domaine du Haut Baran. Lot River Valley, France


Paint the Color of Light with Sally Strand in the luminous countryside of the Lot River Valley, southwest France. Sally will provide essential painting instruction as well as personal mentoring. The workshop will be open to painters of all mediums. Demonstrations will be in pastel and watercolor with a focus on capturing beautiful color and light. The relaxed structure of this ten-day artists workshop will include time for both individual critiques and group discussions. Personal mentoring will help you explore ideas and goals for your work. Morning and afternoon painting sessions will allow opportunities for lunch and personal time. Non-painting companions are welcome and there will be much for them to see and do while artists paint.

For details on Haut Baran and to reserve a space, contact:
William or Rosalie Haas
(513) 533-0511 (States) 01133-565-246-324 (France)

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