The next SASA Plein Air outing will be on Friday 30 November at the picturesque Chart Farm in Wynberg. See the latest newsletter for details and directions.
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.
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.
The second of our members’ exhibitions for 2018 opened on Monday the first of October in the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. The hanging of the work was smoothly and efficiently executed by our band of willing volunteers and every painting was placed in the perfect spot.
Laura Wenman – one of SASA’s newly named “senior fellows” – opened the exhibition with a sincerely heartfelt and uplifting speech.
The crowd was not as big as usual, due to an unexpectedly chilly evening, as well as it’s being held on a Monday, but even so, sales got off to a good start – a very good sign for the rest of the exhibition….and for once there was even wine left over! 🙂
The exhibition finishes tomorrow – Thursday 11 October – a short, but very successful run, living up to expectations and making about a hundred thousand Rand in sales for a lot of very happy artists.
There’s still time to pop in for last minute purchases – we’ll start dismantling it all at about four o’clock – so get there if you can.
On Thursday 27 September, we once again gathered at the Athenaeum for the SASA members’ meeting and we were in for a treat!
Master sculptor, Harry Johnson was there with his special wax and his special talents to demonstrate his amazing sculpture technique. During the course of the evening he told us a bit about his history and a lot about the wax and the method he uses to create his pieces.
Starting with a vaguely cat-shaped clump, with a few additions and removals of chunks of the wonderfully soft, grey wax, we saw a cheetah materialise before our eyes.
A portrait of a strong young woman was transformed into a dejected figure, using a slight rearrangement of arms and tilt of the head, showing how feelings and perceptions can be altered by mere gesture.
To demonstrate how easy it is to correct mistakes, or change proportions when using wax, to the horrified gasps of his audience, Harry sliced the nose off a sculpted face, pared away a layer and stuck it back on again…..or poked a stick up it’s nostrils to make it “breathe”.
Harry’s work is internationally recognised and admired, in ten years he has created more sculptures than any other South African artist has in a lifetime, yet he still made time to spend with us. Thank you Harry, for a truly fascinating evening.
The second SASA members’ exhibition for 2018 will take place at the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch from 1 – 10 October. If you haven’t responded yet, please let Glenda Chamber know asap if you’ll be taking part – email@example.com and if you have any queries, email our secretary , Liz Pearson – firstname.lastname@example.org
At the SASA September members’ meeting, we have great pleasure in welcoming as our guest, Harry Johnson, master sculptor. He will be demonstrating his exciting sculpture technique. Get there if you possibly can!
13 September was the last of this year’s scheduled Thursday evening life drawing sessions at the Athenaeum and due to lack of interest, probably not to be continued in the new year.
These sessions take a lot of organisational as well as practical input from the council members whose portfolio it is and have proved “non-cost-effective” for SASA. So, for the few who actually got there, sorry – we tried! We will, however still be having our usual five Saturday morning slots at the Newlands Scout Hall in June/July next year.
Andy was our model for the evening – thanks Andy, for stepping in at such short notice.
We were a very small group, but had a good time, with much experimentation and sharing of equipment going on, as well as much concentration, resulting in the need for much relaxation between poses!…..and some really interesting work. Well done everyone.
The last of the SASA Winter workshops for 2018 took place on Saturday 8 September at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands.
Maré Bruwer shared her knowledge and experience of the technique with us, as she took us through the delicate steps of the silk painting process, from the actual painting, where many “happy accidents” could – and did – happen, to the washing, ironing and finishing off of the final piece.
It was a wonderful workshop and totally different from anything else we’ve done, really taking us all out of our collective comfort zone and forcing us to explore and experiment with a brand new medium, where the inks didn’t behave as we expected them to.
A group of rather exhausted, yet very happy artists headed for home at the end of the day. Thank you Maré for a great workshop and thanks, Irene Oxley, for arranging it all.
The SASA members’ meeting for August was held on Thursday the 30th at our usual venue, the Athenaeum in Newlands.
We were fortunate to have two of our selection day judges – Liesl Hartmann, head of education at Zeitz MOCCA and Virginia MacKenny, Associate Professor of painting at Michaelis School of Art – on hand, to give a critique on some of the work that didn’t make the cut for the Annual exhibition.
It was a relatively small group of members who attended the meeting, but those who were there were richly rewarded. Because there weren’t so very many paintings to look at, our judges were able to spend more time on each work presented and give a more in-depth assessment.
The criticism was constructive and very useful – pertinent to all those present, not just the artist whose artwork was being discussed – and much note-taking was done throughout the evening.
The thought-provoking comments and suggestions generated many a “light-bulb moment” causing us to re-think the way we looked at the work in front of us as well as our own and everyone went home with a head full of ideas for improvement.
Thank you Virginia and Liesl, for an exceptionally enlightening and entertaining evening.