Get a clear roadmap in this 4-week workshop to complete your paintings in progress and prepare a body of work for presentation and sales instead of struggling alone in your studio.

Here is how the small group works:

  • Get personal feedback on your work from Sally and a small group of other friendly art lovers so you can get all your questions answered.
  • Find clarity on the ideas behind your paintings to build a cohesive series and personal style.
  • Strengthen your art-making skills so that you are more confident and able to express your vision.
  • 4 weekly 1 1⁄2 hour sessions to encourage connection and supportive community so that you will be productive in this time of quarantine and isolation.
  • Optional Extra! Exclusive one-on-one access to Sally. Receive the benefits of the small group as well as private email critiques.

“During shut in I have attended quite a few zoom sessions and yours has definitely been the best.” —Judy



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.


2020 NEW!

Composition is one of the most challenging elements of creating a painting. Sally presents the foundational elements of composition and design on which all great representational paintings rest. You will study major principles such as pictorial space, balance, dominance, massing, contrast of content, and the use of opposites. You will see how light is a major tool to create a compelling motif, key a painting, and evoke emotion. Painting from still life and clothed models each student receives individual attention and critiques. Demonstrations, lectures and slide presentations of classical and modern masterworks are designed to help you achieve powerfully convincing paintings that stand out.

“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


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



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