Abstracting and Simplifying Your Paintings

Instructor: Sandy Ostrau


Th/Fri/Sat, March 10/11/12, 10 am–2 pm

Gualala Arts Center

Members $325, Non-members $390

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Register by March 3. After that, check availability.
Materials Fee: None
Materials List

Sandy Ostrau is an experienced plein-air and studio oil painter specializing in modern landscapes and figurative work. She has developed a unique style of simplifying the subject and creating interesting color fields full of rich textures. In this workshop she will introduce her techniques in reductive composing and for creating beautiful color harmonies and textures. You will also learn how using texture and line will enhance your focal point and create a more interesting surface to your paintings. Sandy will start each day with a demonstration using her techniques, then participants will experiment with these techniques on their own paintings with guidance from Sandy. Student prerequisites: some oil or acrylic painting experience—contact instructor.

About the Instructor

Sandy Ostrau portraitSandy grew up in Palo Alto, California, where she was an active student at the Palo Alto Art Center through high school.  The artist continued studio classes and studied Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

After a stint in marketing communications for a Silicon Valley company, Sandy spent several years creating silkscreen,  hand-painted clothing and items for sale through Nordstrom and other Northern California retailers. Eventually, she decided to focus solely on fine art oil paintings. Sandy has also taken numeroOstrau 2us painting and drawing classes at the Pacific Art League and the Art Center in Palo Alto, and was a student of Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt at the California Academy of Painters.

She now resides in Palo Alto, CA and spends considerable time on the North Coast at The Sea Ranch, CA