Exploring emotion and technique through painting

Mixed Emotions has had hundreds of students during it’s first run and last year’s guided course. Missed it? No worries, the self-paced version is open for registration right now! Read more about this course and it’s benefits right here on this page. I hope to see you in class soon!

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I created this course with the heart in mind. When you listen carefully, you feel it’s language. As creatives, we often look for ways to translate our hearts into visual elements. The goal of this course is to help you find that language.

Art is not simply paint on a canvas, although it is easy to think that when you are working alone. When I ran this course for it’s first year, I had a lot of expectations. But what I didn’t anticipate, was the amount of stories that came from my students. Personal tales of self-doubt, past transgressions and relations. But also stories on success, happiness and revelations.

project one / portrait in a monochrome palette
Charcoal, gesso & acrylic paint
project two / portrait in two tones
Acrylic paint
project three / portrait in a limited palette
Acrylic paint & ink
project four / (self)portrait in a custom palette
Acrylic paint
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hands: project one
Black watercolor
hands: project two
Acrylic paint
hands: project three
Pastel & charcoal
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Simply put: if you’re looking for a course that will combine painting techniques with exploring emotions, you’re in the right place. In a painting that cannot speak verbally, the human face and hands are the most important features that convey these emotions. 

I’m here to help guide you through these projects, both on video and in virtual life, through our private Facebook community. I hope you enjoy reading more about Mixed Emotions on this page. If you have any questions regarding this course, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Much love,


In this course you'll find...

What other students are saying...

Maxine Schutter@mschutter
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There is something special about Sabra. Her artistry is rich and deep and haunting. Her teaching is centered and thorough and her presentation quite calming. There is simply no one quite like her out there. It is a pleasure to study with her.
Helen Moreda@helen.moreda
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Love Sabra’s classes. The right amount of information so that you learn and yet have room for your own style. She is so thoughtful and generous!
Ann Rudd@ann.rudd.10
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Sabra has such style, in her art and her demeanor! She offers thoughtful instruction, with details and depth. Highly recommend!
Parvin Ghamsari@parvin.ghamsari
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Sabra walks you through every step of the painting from colour mixing to end. Very informative. Recommend her class highly.
Carol Burns@carol.burns.338
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Trying to decide whether to do a class can sometimes be difficult and slightly daunting when you're not sure what you will be getting. Worry not. Sabra is a wonderful teacher who metephorically holds your hand through every technique she demonstrates. She is a master at what she does and she shares her knowledge generously. I can't recommend her classes highly enough...you will be amazed at what you create with her guidance. Go on. Sign up. You won't regret it! C x
Leah Griffith@leah.griffith.96
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Sabra’s art is masterful, her teaching style smooth. She goes at an easy pace, explains thoroughly, while expanding your confidence and skills. She creates magic! Thank you, Sabra!
Shirley Tatro Gordon@shirley.t.gordon
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Sabra’s skill as an artist reaches far beyond the unique and mesmerizing art she creates. She has the ability to effectively explain, demonstrate and generously share her knowledge and process. She presents complex concepts with basic, understandable instructions and guidance. Sabra’s classes are challenging, but deeply rewarding and should not be missed. She will help you grow.
Kathy Reed@kathyreed25
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For me, if I see a class offered by Sabra, I am taking it right now, no questions asked. This is because she offers the most thorough explanations and descriptions that also include her own uncertainties and vulnerabilities as a very real person. Her work is unique and filled with emotion, a goal for which I strive. As a teacher by profession, I greatly admire her ability to teach and want to learn from her again and again.
Cathy Hartgraves@cathy.hartgraves.3
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I must say that with most online classes i soon loose interest and rarely complete it. But with Sabra's unique emotional, humorous, completely relatable commentary,and masterful directions, i couldnt stop watching!! Not only did i complete the coarses, i created some of my best best work ever!!! I even had sales from these works. Need i say more?
Fiorenza Gorini@fiorenza.gorini
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Sabra’s class was definitely one of my favorite. Her unique style and approach inspire you to try new directions in a fearless way. Every step of the demo was very clearly explained and helpful in achieving a beautiful result.
Libbi Byrd Corson@libbi.corson
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I will take Sabra's class every time. I have learned so much from about seeing, painting, staying loose, being fearless and even more about myself through her sharing about herself and her processes. Her classes have truly been worth more than what I've paid for them. I look forward to the next class!


What are the projects in this course about?

understanding and painting hands

In four lessons we will cover painting the hand in different angles, starting from simple to a more challenging position. 

We speak with our eyes and with our hands. The human hand has been a symbol in art for centuries. But have you ever avoided painting hands in your artwork because you feel uncertain? 

The first lesson is a general introduction to the structure of the hand. The three painting projects contain several videos in which we slowly work our way to a completed painting. All lessons are suitable for beginners. If you are an experienced artist, you can decide to skip the sketching videos and start right at the painting process.

At the end of these lessons you will feel much more comfortable painting hands and adding them to your future artwork


lesson one

Hands: An introduction


lesson two

A hand in watercolor


lesson three

hand in acrylic paint

lesson four

hand in pastel & charcoal

portrait one

tilted face in a monochromatic palette


portrait two

a face and hands in a two-tone palette


portrait three

a face with hand in a limited palette


portrait four

(self)portrait in a custom palette

portraits that show emotion

I’ve created four projects for you, ranging from a monochrome palette, to adding more color and finally choosing your own personal palette.

I will show you a number of ways to add texture, depth and visual interest to your artwork and introduce more ways to paint than just with a brush!

We will take the knowledge we gained while painting our hands and include them some of these portraits, learning how to match the hands to the face.

I could paint the same face every day and still make new art every time. The human face is the most intriguing and versatile feature to me and I look forward to sharing with you how I approach my painting.

Are you ready to join me?

your curriculum

What will my projects look like?



An introduction to the anatomy and movement of the hand. Our project is painting a hand in a single watercolor tone.



Our second project is all about light and darks. We’ll paint a hand using acrylic paint in  a dark color and white.



In our last project on hands, we’ll try to push ourselves a bit more. This project is about drawing two hands that are entangled. We’ll work with pastel, charcoal and water.


bonus lessons

Let’s take a break! Maybe you’d like some time to catch up. Or, you can take a look at the bonus projects available to you and keep on painting.


portraits: PROJECT ONE

Our first portrait is all about contrast, texture and movement. We’ll focus on value and shape by using an almost black and white palette.


portraits: PROJECT two

Switching to color, but not too much; this project is about color temperature while working with a limited palette. Remember our last hands project? That experience is going to come in handy in this portrait!



While still using a limited palette, we extend our tonal range a bit by adding some more color. We ask ourselves; how much detail can I leave out of a face while still conveying it’s message?



In our final week, we take all that we’ve learned and pour it into this portrait. Not just what we learned technically, but also personally. You can choose a personal palette and reference, or you can follow me. 


Do I need to purchase new materials to join this course?

You don’t want to join a course, only to find out you have to purchase a fortune worth of supplies. Most of the materials used in my projects are basic supplies. They’re also available in almost every country in the world. For every project, I will also give you suggestions on what to replace them with, if you don’t have them. So no need to worry about major expenses! Download the supply list on the right to see what I suggest for this course.

exclusive content

A growing library for students

As a student of my art school, you will automatically have access to a collection of free lessons and resources, intended to help you with the foundations of art and to expand on the current course you are taking. The Student Library started in 2021 and is ever expanding! And best of all, it will be free to students who have joined the Mixed Emotions here!

a selection of what you'll find here

Are you ready to join me in this course?

"Mixed Emotions"

€ 99,-

Prices are in Euros (€) as my business in registered in the Netherlands. You will be able to pay in your own currency during checkout at the current exchange rate.

Frequently asked questions

When you register for any of my online courses, you can login to you account here my website. From your account, you can access any course you’ve purchased. No need to get up or go out! 🙂 

Your account and courses are private; that means only you can access them. You can access your available lessons any time that suits you. That also goes for lesson information, supply lists and reference photos. It’s all well organized in your course environment.

Some of my courses have a specific start date. On that date, I will open the course and provide you with the lesson for that week. If you’ve signed up for a course that hasn’t started yet, I will send you an email when it starts and you can log in!

A self-paced course is open for registration throughout the year. When you sign up, you get immediate access to all the lessons in that course. You can go ahead and start right away! Track your progress by marking your lessons complete after finishing. You can work at your own pace whenever it’s convenient for you, there’s no set schedule. You can come back any time and resume or repeat lessons. If you have any questions, you can send me a message or post in my Facebook group. I don’t provide in-depth feedback on self-paced courses but I’m always around to help!

A live course start at a specific date and runs for a number of weeks. When you sign up, I will keep you informed through my mailing list. When we start, I will send you another email. You can log in and view the first available lessons. Every week a new lesson in provided until we’ve finished the course. After finishing the course, all lessons and content will remain available to you. So no worries if you fall behind or skip a week! You can go back, catch up or repeat lessons whenever you want! During the weeks that the course runs, I’ll be available daily in the private Facebook group for that course. You can interact with me and other students that are in the course!

Yes, you can download all videos and materials for private use!

Yes, this course is design specifically to help you understand the foundations of drawing the face. We’ll be dealing with some difficult angles but I will explain it to you in a way that allows you to follow exactly what I’m doing. There are several drawing guides that you can print out, to help you no matter your level.

You can always access this course by logging in at my website. In the navigation menu, go to “My account” and you will see your courses there.

During a live course I will provide feedback on your work if you ask for it in the Facebook group. I will be present daily for the duration of the course. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also email me. 

When you do a self-paced course, you may ask any questions or share work in my general Facebook group. There are a lot of nice people there and I will be there often to reply or answer questions.

Only for courses that haven’t started yet. Because all my courses are downloadable, I cannot grant refunds on courses that have started or are self-paced and thus immediately available.

Yes I do, please contact me for more information!

No, not at all! If you have any questions during a live course, you can also email me for feedback.

Lifetime access means that the courses you’ve purchased will be available to you on this website for as long as the course is for sale and I’m in business. Should that time ever end, I will inform you and give you plenty of time to download videos and materials that you want to keep.

You can contact me using the form on this page. You can also send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

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If you can’t find the answer to your question in the FAQ on the left, please let me know! I’ll try to get back to you within a day. You can also contact me on social media if you prefer that.

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