Sally Strand (USA): World Best coming to Australia

I often wonder what might have happened if I had the opportunity to learn from the masters that came before me. from the ones that had reached dizzying heights of success in their art careers, who were hunted down and stalked for their teaching and knowledge.

Well I can wonder, but you no longer have to. Early next year. you have the chance to commit yourself to 10 days of moving your art to an entirely new level. Whether you are just starting out or more accomplished, every one will enjoy Sally's wisdom

Sally is predominantly a studio painter and we have secured a light filled, enormous conference room for you to learn each day. In addition to this, we are visiting the local sights, galleries and more.

A note from the artist...

"I relate to small moments of life that are often overlooked. These moments resonate with me because they are familiar—we see ourselves in them. They sometimes suggest things beyond the obvious. Painting mundane objects or tasks provides me with a challenge to portray the commonplace in a compelling way, to make the usual unusual and worthy of notice."

Excerpts from selected writings about Sally’s work from exhibition catalogs, books and magazines.

“For California artist, Sally Strand, the essence of life is expressed through fleeting moments. It is as if, in her art, she stops the action for us to pause and appreciate the myriad details of color, light and gestures — light coming through a window, a figure pausing in solitude, or two or more strangers sharing a momentary space. Her art, created with pastels, mixed media, or oil paint, portrays anonymous people and things within the tapestry of life’s ordinary experiences…With daring precision and artistic virtuosity, Strand presents her many subjects — still life, people in everyday activities, or human drama…Clearly, Strand is a master artist and a renowned teacher. Not only does she create soul-searching art, but the sensitivity of her vision to render transitory beauty — is an education in how to view the richness of the visual world.” – Roberta Carasso, Ph.D.:
From the catalogue essay, Sally Strand, Bakersfield Art Museum, Solo Exhibition, January, 2006

“Accomplished pastel artist Sally Strand is best known for her ability to translate the extraordinary beauty of everyday life through the expression of light and color…This sense of light coupled with her ability to communicate gesture and mood in her figurative compositions has established Strand’s reputation as an artist…A keen sense of seeing light within abstract shape and gesture is Strand’s strength, and translating that to her viewers is her gift.” – Lauren Kane:
Translating the Everyday Into Exquisite Works of Art, The Telluride Watch, September 10, 2004

“People go about their daily routines – a chef cooks, a seamstress sews, a man reads the morning paper while drinking a cup of coffee…These objects, these people are seen so often they are no longer seen at all. Drawing from a big bag of tools and formidable technique to assert her vision and imagination, an artist such as Sally Strand can change all that…An alchemist with a brush and colored sticks, Strand coaxes the extraordinary out of the ordinary. She finds drama in the quotidian, though at the end of the day, her subject is always the same – the magical interaction of light and color…Pears painted by Strand are clearly blessed.” – Susan Viebrock: Artist Captures the Magical Interaction of Light, Color, Telluride Daily Planet, September 10, 2004


“Whatever the subject, technique or medium, Sally’s vision comes across as strongly as the shaft of light that illuminates and brings beauty to the simple and ordinary moments of life celebrated in her paintings.” – Maggie Price:Sally Strand, Understanding the Value of Light, The Pastel Journal, 2001

“Strand, another favorite from this show and a master painter of color values, also uses everyday events and objects for her subject matter. Her image of three eggs elevates the ordinary into the heroic, in this delicate, dexterous exercise in opalescence.” – Susan Viebrock, Telluride Daily Planet, March, 1995

“Sally Strand’s paintings are a celebration of the everyday event. You see here ordinary people going about their lives – reading, cleaning, having tea, getting on buses, playing tennis and visiting the beach. If they were snapshots, these images would have a certain charm – but the paintings have a starling impact. Their special vitality comes from the artist’s interpretation of her theme through a palette of vibrant lights and colours, beautifully textured by her handling of materials and techniques. The quality of light is Sally’s subject on equal terms with the figurative content of the work and for this, pastel is the perfect medium. She organizes her complex, multi-layered surfaces as a synthesis of form and colour, creating the magical impression that the paintings are transmitting their own light. At the same time, she provides a variously witty, serene and touching commentary of daily life…A sense of personal association with Sally’s human subjects if frankly irresistible. You can identify people just like these among your family and friends, people you see in the street and in other public places…You don’t need to know where the people are going to when they board the bus…you are instantly absorbed in that isolated fraction of their ‘story’. You have even been part of an incidental grouping…of people who merely happen to come together in the same place at the same time…Every viewer is an ‘expert’ in relation to Sally’s subjects, because the situations are familiar and we are all used to reading the body language and gestures of both friends and strangers. It is a truthful kind of expressiveness that she shows us, the pose that describes something fundamental about character and mood.” – Judy Martin: Masterclass with Sally Strand, Pastels Masterclass, 1993

“By putting together ordinary domestic objects in an inventive way, the artist finds an unusual and beautiful image…But the success of the image is dependent as much on highly developed skills of observation as on expert handling of the medium.” – Judy Martin, The Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques,1992

“Using a double media method to achieve a greater depth and texture than customarily associated with pastels, she underpaints a preliminary sketch with rich, vibrant colors. Exciting and intriguing, these large-scale urban pastels find beauty in the commonplace – transforming their composition, light and scene into an elegant moment to be shared between the subject, the artist and the viewer.” – Art-Talk, January 1990

“Light is the essence of Sally Strand’s art – ordinary people and situations made extraordinary with brilliant light and shadows…With the bold value contrasts from a strong overhead sun, these unremarkable people become intriguing arrangements of color, shape, and value.” – Carole Katchen, Creative Painting with Pastel,1990

“A drawing which so successfully creates both solid form and a sense of atmosphere results from the artist allying her technical expertise to a highly developed skill in colour perception. Sally Strand is able to judge the precise combinations of hues and tones that recreate a specific visual impression. The way she handles the soft pastel textures allows every hint and accent of colour to make a telling contribution to the overall image.” – Judy Martin, Drawing with Colour, 1989

“Sally Strand is one of those rare individuals who can look tragedy in the eye and elicit from it that which is empowering and even uplifting. And she uses the artistic proficiency she’s built up through years of hard work and dedication to that same end, crafting poignant tableaux that purposely underscore all the beauty and magic inherent in the everyday physical world presented to her and, by skillful extension, to her audience.” -Jacqueline M. Pontello: Sally Strand, Southwest Art Magazine, June, 1989“Why Subject Matter Matters” by Robert K. Carsten


Articles by Sally Strand

Pastel Journal
August 2015

“Familiar” by Sally Strand
Artists on Art
April 2015

Today’s Masters, “A Bouquet for Spring”
Fine Art Connoisseur
May/June 2014

Competition Spotlight, Sally StrandThe Artist’s MagazineMay 2014

Standing Out In The Crowd
Pastel JournalApril, 2014

Excite With White
Pastel JournalFebruary, 2014

Moments éphémères
Autour d’un lit défait
Practique Des Arts, Le Hors Série PDA Spécial Pastel No. 33
June, 2013

Competition Spotlight, Sally Strand
The Artist’s Magazine
November 2012

The Best Advice I Ever Got
Pastel Journal

October, 2012

Sally Strand: Build Pastel Paintings Stroke by Stroke
Six Pastel Painters Share Materials and Techniques
The Complete Painter’s Handbook
American Artist Magazine
July, 2012

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art features award-winning artist Strand at First Thursday Art Walk
Telluride Inside… and Out

February, 2009
Blog Postby Susan Viebrock

A New Day, A New Vision
The Pastel Journal
December, 2009Prized Pastels: The Pastel Society of America Welcomes
Another Artist into Its Hall of Fame
The Pastel JournalFebruary, 2008

Pastels Celebration in NYC
Blog Post by Anne Hevener, Editor
The Pastel Journal In Plain Sight
Southwest Art Magazine
July, 2006


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