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Workshop: Abstracting & Simplifying Your Paintings with instructor Sandy Ostrau
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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Dec 04, 2020 9:30 AM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4, 5 and 6, from 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Gualala Arts Center Upstairs Classroom

Admission Level Price Quantity
Member Fee $325.00 Sales Ended
Workshop fee for Gualala Arts members
NON-Member Fee $375.00 Sales Ended
Workshop fee for Non-Members
To inquire about being placed on the waiting list, please call the Arts Center at 707-884-1138.


Workshop: Abstracting & Simplifying Your Paintings with instructor Sandy Ostrau
A Workshop at Gualala Arts

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 4, 5, and 6, 2020, 9:30am to 3:00pm.

Gualala Arts Center, Upstairs Classroom

$325 for GAC Members, $375 for non-members

Sandy will start each day with a demonstration using her techniques and then participants will experiment with these techniques on their own paintings with guidance from Ostrau.

A list of materials needed for this workshop can be downloaded at the following link:

About Sandy Ostrau:

In my art, I take scenes of everyday life  people, places, and activities  and reduce them to their fundamental elements. I strip away the superfluous detail and minutiae of the moment in order to present each scenario in its essence, Ostrau says.

At a certain point, she says, specific content is not that important or even relevant, but rather what appears to be happening, creating situations that can be observed or contemplated in more universal ways.

Ostrau says this sense of ambiguity or vagueness allows for a range of interpretations and assumptions for viewers to perhaps add their own content, emotions or undercurrents, overlaying what they think is happening with their own explanations.

To heighten viewer engagement, Ostrau says she uses texture to create a sense of dimensionality, a perception of three dimensions in two, thereby inviting viewers to step into each composition as if they were actually there and to participate in their own narratives.

Many of my paintings invoke feelings of solitude or even loneliness. The figures appear connected but often seem to be looking away from one another, absorbed in their own lives and stories, perhaps occasionally connecting,

perhaps not  like strangers in the same scene, Ostrau explains. At other times, figures seem to be waiting for someone to arrive or for an activity to begin, anticipating a meeting or a reunion, for instance.

Whatever the circumstances, she says, theres always an outcome awaiting discovery. The ways I express feelings of solitude or disconnectedness in my open-ended plot lines are based on my own introspective moments as well as on assumptions about the subjects in my compositions.

With her ever-present sketchbook, Ostrau observes alone, recording actions and interactions at a distance, working with whatever she can see, taking what little information is available and imagining the rest.

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, Ostrau will introduce her techniques in reductive composing and techniques for creating beautiful color harmonies and textures. Participants will also learn how using texture and line will enhance focal point and create a more interesting surface to their paintings.


Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Old State Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445
United States


Education > Workshops

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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