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Lionel Smit studio visit

On 4 June a group of lucky SASA members were taken on a walkabout of
Lionel Smit’s studio in the Strand. Lionel showed us around himself,
sharing his space with us in his own comfortable way.

We were all blown away by the sheer magnitude of his work – both in
size and quantity – and the vastness of his studio space. We were first
taken to his (extremely tidy) screen printing studio, where he explained
the process of multiple colour printing.

Next came his amazing painting studio, where he had about sixty
canvases in various sizes, from large to gargantuan and in varying
stages of completion. One of our group was heard to say “I think I’ve
died and gone to heaven!” His use and combination of colour is just
superb, as is is collection of enormous tubes of paint!

The sculpture studio was just as impressive and just as filled with Lionel’s fabulous works, totally contradicted by his casual, modest demeanor.

Thanks, Lionel for an uplifting, yet humbling visit. You have a magnificent studio and team of assistants – quite fitting for your wonderful work.

Dear reader, please excuse all the superlatives in this post, but believe me, nothing else would do!

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Winter Workshop with Derric van Rensburg

 Derric van Rensburg kicked off our 2015 season on 30 May, with a fascinating workshop, giving us a “behind the scenes” look at his loose and lighthearted painting style.

He built his demo paintings with enormous brushes and a limited palette, mixing up a wonderful range of colours, which he applied with quick dabs and strokes, in fast drying layers of acrylic paint.

He made it look so easy and effortless, it was quite a surprise to find how difficult it actually was, when it came to trying out the technique for ourselves.

Although we all worked from the same reference photograph, the guidance and advice Derric gave was gentle and tailored to each individual, so that everyone produced a totally unique interpretation of it.

We each took away with us a new respect for acrylic paint, a selection of paintings and head full of new ideas. Thank you Derric, for a Saturday well-spent!

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May Monthly Member’s Meeting

Yvonne Ankerman spoke to us on Thursday 28 May about her travels last year, aboard the ship, MS Expedition .

She was employed as “resident ship’s artist” on the voyage from Cape Town
to Morocco, giving art classes and chronicling the trip in sketches and
water colour paintings, in between her regular crew duties.

Yvonne told us of her experiences in the countries all the way up the West coast of Africa and illustrated her talk with wonderfully colourful slides and a couple of very full sketch books. All the paintings she did on the voyage – fortunate for her, not so for us – were bought as mementos by her fellow travelers.

Everyone who heard her presentation is now thoroughly
afflicted by the
travel bug and there’s a wishful waiting
list of “assistants” for her
next voyage……which it seems
will be to Antarctica………followed by South
America.

Thanks Yvonne for the inspiration . We’ll all do the next trip vicariously through you……can’t wait for those photographs.

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Plein Air Outing to Stellenberg, Sat 9 May

A group of SASA members gathered in the gardens of Stellenberg for a day of painting. The colours of the trees reflected the Autumn in the air and, when the sun broke through, splashes of brightness were revealed in the flowerbeds too.

All around, bright leaves were spilled like confetti by the gentle breeze passing through.

Stellenberg has a variety of separate gardens for different purposes, which all have their own special atmosphere and character. We wandered around the beautiful estate, discovering all it’s hidden treasures, before each deciding on a special spot to settle.

Everyone had a lovely, peaceful day, which is reflected in the paintings
they produced, perhaps  preliminary sketches for potential
masterpieces.


Thanks to Doreen Dauberman and Helen Van Stolk for organising this wonderful outing for us.

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April 30th Members’ Meeting

At our most recent members’ meeting on the 30th of April, ten fellows
of SASA gave us a demo.

They each started with a blank canvas
and a plan for a painting. Some brought objects for still life, some
worked from photographs and others brought their models with them for
portraits.

In an hour or two, these very generous fellows, unlocked their secrets of their technique for us and produced artworks from scratch while a mesmerised crowd watched them take shape.


This was a nerve-wracking task for the artists. Each one of them, in that noisy, crowded hall, managed to answer questions and explain their process, while keeping calm and focused on their work. By the end of the evening, each had produced a finished (or very nearly finished) piece and every member who attended was itching to get home and paint. What they took home with them was a huge helping of energising inspiration with which to enhance their own work.

So…. a huge “Thank You” must go to the ten participating fellows – Ros Walters, Fanie Le Roux, Helen van Stolk, Christine Cherry-Jones,
Laura Wenman, Wyn Rossouw, Lyn Northam, Jeremy Day, Solly Gutman, Penny
Steynor – for sharing their time and expertise with us. This was a wonderful event and one which we hope to repeat with a different selection of artists.

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2015 SASA Members’ Exhibition, Monday 27 April

John Scott, veteran newspaper editor, journalist and columnist, gave the opening address at SASA’s first members’ exhibition for 2015. The large crowd was kept entertained by the wonderful humor of his speech and light-hearted take on all things serious.

 Not only was there a big turn-out of guests at the event, but a record
number of paintings for them to peruse as well. Finding space to hang
them all was quite a task for the hanging team and the portfolio stands
were bulging.

Sales were brisk right from the start and look likely to carry on that way till the close.

Once again the catering was superb and the bar buzzing. Thanks to all the “bosses” and helpers who made it happen so efficiently.

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A Visit to the Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday 9 April, a group of SASA members gathered at the City Hall to attend the dress rehearsal for the second in the Autumn Symphony Concert season. The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra played well-known compositions by Beethoven, Schubert and Stravinsky.

We each found our own spot from which to absorb the atmosphere and produce sketches, inspired by the beautiful music and potential inspiration for wonderful paintings.

What a glorious way to spend a morning!

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A Visit to the Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday 9 April, a group of SASA members gathered at the City Hall to attend the dress rehearsal for the second in the Autumn Symphony Concert season. The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra played well-known compositions by Beethoven, Schubert and Stravinsky.

We each found our own spot from which to absorb the atmosphere and produce sketches, inspired by the beautiful music and potential inspiration for wonderful paintings.

What a glorious way to spend a morning!

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March Monthly Meeting – Art as Investment!

Our March meeting was one with a difference. Alfie Bester, director and fiduciary specialist with Legacy FS, gave us a very interesting talk on art as an investment. We had our eyes opened to the workings of the investment world, provoking thoughts and ideas that would previously never have crossed our minds.

Alfie is himself an avid art collector, who has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of buying art, not only for its aesthetic value, but also for investment purposes. One has to buy with an educated eye and knowledge of the market, which Alfie, being one of the founder members of the Citadel art price index, certainly has. The index is used to analyse and track the value changes in art over a period of time.

 
These are not concepts we generally ponder while slaving away in our studios, but maybe one day it’ll be one of us whose work is considered an investment. Of course, if you happen to be another Pablo Picasso, every scribble you make will be worth millions!

We were given much food for thought….and for eating, for that matter…..the wine and snacks, which lent a festive air to the meeting, were sponsored by “Legacy FS”

    Thank you Alfie for a most informative evening.

    …..and well done Glenda on your first meeting as
    President of SASA!

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March Monthly Meeting – Art as Investment!

Our March meeting was one with a difference. Alfie Bester, director and fiduciary specialist with Legacy FS, gave us a very interesting talk on art as an investment. We had our eyes opened to the workings of the investment world, provoking thoughts and ideas that would previously never have crossed our minds.

Alfie is himself an avid art collector, who has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of buying art, not only for its aesthetic value, but also for investment purposes. One has to buy with an educated eye and knowledge of the market, which Alfie, being one of the founder members of the Citadel art price index, certainly has. The index is used to analyse and track the value changes in art over a period of time.

 
These are not concepts we generally ponder while slaving away in our studios, but maybe one day it’ll be one of us whose work is considered an investment. Of course, if you happen to be another Pablo Picasso, every scribble you make will be worth millions!

We were given much food for thought….and for eating, for that matter…..the wine and snacks, which lent a festive air to the meeting, were sponsored by “Legacy FS”

    Thank you Alfie for a most informative evening.

    …..and well done Glenda on your first meeting as
    President of SASA!