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SASA Plein Air Outing to Kommetjie

On Friday 18 January, we had a very different Kommetjie plein air encounter! The long – usually white, sunlit – beach was shrouded in cloud and the iconic lighthouse was very well camouflaged in that cloudy background.

 

 

 

 

 

The day started off overcast, with sunny patches and was surprisingly chilly for this time of year, yet still a few brave souls came out to do some painting.

 

 

 

 

It turned into quite an adventure, ending with the intrepid few painting in the rain. Far from feeling disheartened, our artists found the experience quite invigorating and some exciting works were produced.

Thank you, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us and thanks Kommetjie – we’ll be back!

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31 January – Demo with SASA Annual Prizewinners

At the SASA monthly members’ meeting, on 31 January, we will be treated to a demo by five of the prize winners from last year’s annual selection weekend, who, together with two of our “fellows”, will be showing us some of their winning techniques. A meeting not to be missed! See the January newsletter for details.

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Art In The Park

Our second art in the park and final SASA exhibition for the year took place on 24 November at our usual venue, Rondebosch Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Here, on the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads, we have found the perfect home for this event – it is convenient for locals to stroll up, with their families in tow. It’s also very visible from the road, which attracts passing trade, swelling the number of our faithful followers, who come not only for the wonderful atmosphere, but in hope of a beautiful bargain or two as well.

 

 

 

 

 

We had a steady stream of customers throughout the day and good sales figures by the end of it – people making a day of it, lunching under the trees, ensuring our food vendors also had a good day and browsing around the stalls.

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful space means that dogs can be included in the family outing – even more incentive to come and have a look!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our team of organisers and all their hard work, that’s another satisfying and successful art in the park under our belts. See you next year!

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Plein Air Outing to Chart Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very successful plein air outing to Chart Farm – a favourite venue amongst our members and also the CAS members who were invited to join us – on Friday 30 November. It was a beautifully sunny day and everyone came armed with big hats and sunscreen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificent views surrounded us, from vineyards and mountains to interesting architecture and close-ups of roses. We spread out under the shade of the trees and all through the rose gardens, where the scented blooms added another sensory dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone had wonderful subject-matter choices to make and some just sat for a while, taking it all in before they began.

 

 

 

 

 

At lunchtime, we were welcomed at the coffee shop and then there were cut flowers to be bought and the farm stall to be visited.

The day was enjoyed by all and this group of happy artists will definitely be back for more. Thanks, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.

 

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SASA End of Year Function

 

 

 

 

 

The SASA end of year function was held last night – Thursday 29 November – at the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, the “Eleanor Palmer Competition” was the highlight of the evening. This is the one “in-house” competition where there are not too many constraints regarding your entry – one original piece per member, any subject, any medium – and we had some truly beautiful entries to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our members strolled around the hall, plateful of snacks in one hand and glass in the other, studying the paintings and making their choices. While the votes were being tallied, we were kept amused by the wonderful art quiz, compiled by Christine Cherry-Jones, which not only taxed our brains and history of art knowledge, but also provoked much hilarity. Thanks Christine, for your hard work in putting it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the competition were: first – Marcelle Lyons, for her painting “Newlands Forest Winter”, second – Laura Wenman, with “Always Remembered” and in third place – Chantelle Van Zyl, with “Beach Buddy” Well done you three!

 

 

 

 

Though bordering on chaos at times, it was a wonderfully festive and light-hearted evening, with plenty of wine and a great spread of snacks – thanks everyone who contributed a plateful, it was really enjoyed and appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and happy everything else to those who don’t.

Have a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in the new year.

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Buitenverwachting Plein Air Outing

It’s “Plein Air Season” again and Johan Pieterse organised our first outing to the beautiful Buitenverwachting Wine Estate in Constantia, on Friday the 26th October.

 

 

 

 

 

This magnificent venue has a lot to offer in terms of choices of subject matter, with it’s historic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vineyards and roaming roosters. Or if it’s the little details you’re looking for, there are plenty of those to be discovered too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a glorious morning capturing it all on paper and, lured by the scent of fresh roasted coffee, gathered at “The Beanery” at lunchtime.

 

 

 

 

 

These plein air outings have become very popular with our members and Buitenverwachting is one of the most favoured locations. Look out for the next outing, which will be sometime in November and spend a lovely day outside, connecting with other artists and topping up your reservoirs of inspiration.

Thanks Johan for a lovely day.

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October Members’ Meeting – Sonja Frenz Demo

Sonja Frenz, well known for her charcoal and pastel wooded landscapes, did a wonderful demo for us at the October SASA members’ meeting on Thursday the 25th of October.

 

 

 

 

 

Using charcoal powder and black and white pastels in all their shapes and forms, Sonja showed us how her unique technique can be adapted to suit other subject matter – for this demo, portraiture in particular.

The hall at the Athenaeum was packed that evening and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, watching enthralled, as the beautiful portrait emerged.

Sonja kept us all entertained with her down to earth commentary and gave us a lot of tips and helpful hints to make the materials work successfully.

This is a wonderful new take on working with pastel and charcoal and we all went home inspired and ready to experiment.