Learn a clear, time-honored painting process using classical and contemporary principles in stages from concept drawings to completed still life or figure in environment composition.

In recent years, I have been borrowing and building on classical art principles, painting contemporary views of my personal world. To address subject matter and content, I use formal elements that will be presented in this semester class. I focus on exploring light effects and manipulating value key ranges for mood. Benchmarks for me are clear shapes and color harmonies. I have been experimenting with flattening three-dimensional form and have developed a keen interest in spatial concerns, deep and shallow.

Although pastel techniques will be an integral part of our process, they will not be our primary focus. We will use them to investigate personal expression. Borrowing from the past, students will create painting of their own time.



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.


Ellis Organic Farm — Showcase the Color of Light
Fallbrook, California

Paint the Color of Light! Join me for this first-ever personal painting adventure at our family organic farm. Started by my in-laws, the farm is set in the bucolic, oak laden hills where they are raising avocados and tangerines. As an artist, I have found the views and light to be reminiscent of my art travels in Italy. Because this is my family’s property, the group will be small and intimate. Starting with a demo in my studio, we will venture out to destination painting locations as well as paint still life and landscape in the shade of towering oak trees.
June 10 – 12, 2021

NEW in 2020

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



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