Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book of the Bird, Birds in Art

 Perch on a golden Apple  10"x10"

I'm excited to share that my artwork will be included in new book called The Book of the Bird, Birds in Art, by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson.  Soon to be published in London by Laurence King, it looks to be a fabulous book featuring my favorite subject, birds of course!  The painting above, is one of the images chosen to be included in the book.  The book will be available in May later this year.

click on image below for a preview!

Monday, January 04, 2016


Classical Glazing in Oil and a

Contemporary Approach to Still Life

Sarah Siltala 

 April 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2016

~Sign up now, space is limited~

I have been invited to teach in Virginia this April and I hope you can join me!  I'm really looking forward to it.  It will be hosted by Debra Keirce Studios.
$485 Tuition

Location: Ashburn, Virginia



Five day intensive indirect painting workshop, curriculum targeted to improve your realist painting skills and gain confidence.

First day- discussion on technique and materials.  composition and drawing.  

Second day- imprimatura underpainting.  

Third day- local color. 

Fourth day- glazing, scumbling and velaturas.  Discussion on appropriate layering   technique for realistic effects.  

Fifth day- additional layering, complete final details.

Indirect painting makes it possible to create realistic paintings by separating all the different elements into manageable steps.  Drawing and composition make up the first step, capturing correct value in the underpainting is next, and layering color is the final step, where all the detailed work that came before is used as the framework for the final painting.  Learning about color, and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic affects and a depth that cannot be attained in direct painting.  In my workshop and teaching I share the modern materials and 21st century approach I use to create paintings using the time tested indirect method that has been in practice for centuries and followed by the greatest artists in history.

For information about the workshop please contact:  

Debra Keirce 


oil painting workshop

Winter Greetings

 ~Happy 2016!!~

 I am always excited when one year ends and another begins.  I love fresh starts and thinking of resolutions.  I came across this little 'recipe' for a new year that I thought I'd share:

"Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite, pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness, in short, see that these months are freed from all the past---have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.  Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts.  Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing---don't do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution.  Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor." ~anonymous

Happy New Year!

sarah siltala
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