A chilly June evening did not deter members from attending the monthly meeting to hear Linda Austin from Artland giving a very informative talk on her recent trip to New York.
She was invited by Golden Products to tour their factory in nearby New Berlin to see how their products are manufactured, to experiment with their various mediums and see the exciting new developments in the field of acrylic paints.
The factory is situated in a beautiful rural setting, and it was good to hear that they are very aware of the environmental impact in the manufacture of their paints, and they adhere to strict guidelines for the safe use of art materials, and waste disposal.
The Golden Factory offer a three month residency programme to interested artists. Details are available on their website.
Linda had brought an amazing array of products with her and passed around a wide variety of charts and boards with many examples of colour swatches, gels, impasto products, and mediums. She also demonstrated the various drying properties of the 4 types of acrylic paints available: the original Heavy body acrylic, the Fluid Acrylic, the Open Acrylic and the High flow Acrylic. These have various consistencies and drying times.
Linda informed members that these acrylics have high pigment loads, and are tested for their light fastness. We were delighted to hear that Golden has a gripper tool to open those stubborn paint tube caps.
In addition, Golden have a range of high quality watercolours, including a very effective masking fluid. Golden also manufacture the Williamsburg range of oil paints, and these will be available from Artland.
Members kept Linda very busy with questions long after the meeting had officially ended.
The Winter Life Drawing sessions will start at the end of June and will run every Saturday morning from 29 June to 27 July. These will be held at the Scout Hall in Newlands, 2 Greenford Road, next to Forries, from 9.30 – 12.30; you can book your place now by emailing email@example.com.
The first of this year’s Winter Workshops will be an oil landscape workshop with Eastern Cape artist, Tony Durrheim. Back by popular request, he has agreed to do a landscape workshop on 8 June.
The workshop will be held at the Scout Hall, 2 Greenford Road, next to Forries in Newlands.
On 30 May, Chris Reid will be talking about the International Watercolour Society of South Africa and the benefits for watermedia artists the society offers. As a bonus he will also be doing a watercolour demo for us.
The evening is a must for all waterbased media artists and those oil artists amongst us should also pick up a few useful tips from Chris.
The monthly meeting on the 25th April was very well attended by members eager to hear John Pace, well known as the winner of the 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award, give a talk on his experiences at the School of Art in Florence, Italy
John, in his relaxed conversational way, told us how his wife had given him the two week course as a gift for his birthday.
Using slides to illustrate his talk, we could see the beautiful studio in Florence where he spent many hours grappling with the sight size method of drawing, which he found very challenging at first, and ultimately very satisfying.
Drawing a sculptured bust to begin with, he progressed to working with the live model. Having finally perfected the drawing he then transferred that image from paper to canvas using tracing paper coated with oil paint to create a type of carbon paper.
While painting, he was instructed to continually ask himself:1) What colour is it? 2) Is it warm or cool? 3) Is it light or dark?
John brought all his drawings and the finished portrait for everyone to see.
An enjoyable meeting, finishing up with the usual sociable tea, coffee and eats.
The 116th SASA AGM was held on Thursday 28 February, at the home of our society, the Athenaeum in Newlands.
As has become tradition, SASA Fellow, Solly Gutman very kindly agreed to chair the meeting, doing a great job and adding gravitas to the formal part of the evening, as he smoothly worked his way through the set agenda.
Our president, Audrey Innes, gave a slide-show presentation on the past year’s activities of the society and, looking back on it all, it’s quite amazing how much we fitted in!
Mike Forrester delivered the treasurer’s report and the council was elected. There was a call for nominations for prospective council members to be put forward and any points of concern to be raised, but none were, so we must assume our members are content with the status quo.
With the dry half of the meeting out of the way, we could get down to the real reason we came – the annual drawing competition, the theme of which for this year, was “Water”.
There were some lovely entries to choose from, but the loveliest of all was “Church Street”, by Marcelle Lyons, which won first prize and the trophy. Well done Marcelle.
In second place was Liz Pearson with “Submerged” and third was Avril Retief’s “The Rescue”. All beautiful work and worthy winners.
A big thanks to “The Deckle Edge” for donating vouchers for the prizes and to “Artland” who gave us a very good deal on their imported sketchbooks.
Friday 22 Feb was a glorious late Summer day, perfect for the SASA outing to Groot Constantia Wine Estate and we had eight artists joining us for some plein air painting.
Because of the beauty of the surroundings and diversity of subject matter – from historic buildings and duckponds to ancient oak trees and vineyards – Groot Constantia is a favourite amongst our members.
We spent the morning wandering and working and met at one of the restaurants for refreshments at midday, where we showed each other what we’d accomplished and exchanged ideas, ensuring we all left with a little more knowledge gained and a few extra tips.
Huge thanks must go to Karen – PRO of the Estate – for always welcoming us so warmly and for the generous gift of wine tasting vouchers for all participating artists.
Thanks as well to Johan Pieterse for organising the outing for us.
We had a record attendance for our members’ meeting held on Thursday 31 January and the hall at the Athenaeum was full to bursting.
Five of the category winners from last year’s annual selection weekend – Helena Jordaan (oils), Jeremy Day (acrylics), Christopher Reid (pastel), Penny Steynor (sculpture) and Pam Quinlan (watercolour), as well as SASA Fellow, Solly Gutman (scratchboard) – agreed to come and do a demonstration for us.
The crowd was fascinated by the progress of the pieces being worked on during the evening and by the diversity of the different media. The artists were extremely generous with their knowledge and their secrets, answering every question members put to them as fully as possible, giving very useful tips for simplifying and beautifying their own work.
As artists, our growth and learning is continuous and we are very fortunate to have those who are willing to share, as they did this evening.
Members were invited to feel for themselves the scraping of the tools on Solly’s scratchboard and the chiselling away of the stone at Penny’s sculpture demo.
Even those artists who were a little apprehensive about working with such an “up-close” audience, were pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed the interest shown and the sharing of skills.
Thanks to everyone involved, for a most enjoyable and interesting evening.