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!
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.
Last night – Thursday 26 July – was this month’s SASA members’ meeting, which is traditionally combined with the annual Landscape, Life and Still-life competition.
We had a lovely selection of entries to choose from, which made voting rather difficult, but choices had to be made.
While the votes were being tallied, Lyn Northam and Wyn Rossouw gave a critique of the work submitted and a marvelous job they did too! Thank you Lyn and Wyn – not an easy assignment, but one you are both most qualified to fulfill. I’m sure all who attended got a lot of tips for improving their work.
These completed sketch-packs will then be exhibited in the window of Artsauce for the month of October. I hope you all got yours?
The gift vouchers given to the three winners in each category for the evening were also donated by Artsauce. In addition to a voucher, each winner also received a quality canvas, kindly donated by Winsen’s Canvas. We had some very happy winners, taking home these lovely prizes.
….and the winners were…..In the Landscape Category – first was Beth Lowe with her oil painting of “Noordhoek Beach”, second was Craig Paton-Ash, with his drawing of “Muizenberg” and third, Grazyna Janik, with a painting of “Hout Bay Harbour”.
In the Life category – first Penny Steynor’s pastel portrait of her “Old Friend”, second was Tressan Verramunder with his watercolour “No Smile” and in third place, Jinty De Villiers with her sketch – “Finishing Touches”.
In the Still-life category – first Penny Steynor with her watercolour “Class Project” and in joint second place, Grazyna Janik with her oil “My Winter Crop” and Margaret Munro’s watercolour “Tulips”.
Well done to all our prize-winners – all wonderful work and well-deserved winnings.
On Thursday evening, the 28th of June, Angela Zehnder joined us at the Athenaeum to tell us a bit about her role in the conservation and restoration of paintings at the South African National Gallery.
Angela gave a talk, illustrated by slides, giving us a glimpse into the fascinating world of art restoration. We were shown how the use of X-rays and infra-red light exposes layers beneath the painted surface, telling tales of previous concepts and compositions toyed with by the artist, before settling on the image we see.
Or perhaps an incongruous support, like the lid of a biscuit tin we see under the painting in one of Angela’s slides.
Angela stressed the importance of correct display and storage of a painting – such as keeping humidity levels controlled and light gentle – to prevent deterioration. She also touched on methods of repairing damage to works not stored correctly and removing layers of discoloured varnish to reveal the original freshness of the paint beneath.
Her subject is vast – too much to cover in one sitting – but we were given a taste of what is involved. Thank you Angela, for an interesting evening.
At the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 28 June our guest speaker will be Angela Zehnder, who will be giving a talk on restoration of art in South Africa. If you’re at all interested in the history of painting, this is not to be missed!
At our members’ meeting on May 31, we were treated to a fascinating demo by Mel Elliot. He showed us his 10 step plan for “building” a landscape in oils, using acrylic paints for the under painting and first several layers.
It’s not until he gets to step 6 that he starts using oil paints and the contrast between the two media is remarkable. The acrylic looks flat and dull when juxtaposed with the singing colours and bright lights of the oils, but as Mel pointed out, the acrylics are good for mid tones and the contrast is effective.
Mel has a wonderfully relaxed and chatty manner, as he paints, which kept everyone entertained, while thoroughly absorbed in watching the painting develop.
Judging by the amount of note-taking that went on, this is one demo that our members do not want to forget…..so many tips and hints to take away with us and start trying out for ourselves.
Mel also shared some very valuable marketing points, such as the importance of a good frame, to make a painting more attractive and saleable.
Thanks Mel, for a most interesting and inspiring evening.
Mel Elliot will be giving us a demo at the SASA meeting on 31 May, showing us how he creates his magnificent landscapes in oils.
Dr Roger Melvill – neurosurgeon, mountaineer and artist – was the official doctor on the Lewis Pugh expedition to Antarctica and we were lucky enough to have him at the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 26 April to tell his tale.
Dr Melvill spoke of the wonderful work done by the Lewis Pugh Foundation for the preservation and conservation of the world’s oceans. To draw attention to this cause, Lewis Pugh himself has completed long-distance swims in every one of those oceans, often in near freezing water.
From Dr Melvill’s slides, we saw how breathtaking – both literally and figuratively – the area is, in it’s starkly beautiful scenery and it’s icy cold temperatures.
Luckily, he often had time to set up his easel and paint en plein air, capturing the magnificence of the landscape and birdlife, as have many other artists before him, on similar expeditions, one of whom was our very own Yvonne Ankerman.
The earliest of these did it out of necessity, having no cameras in those days, with which to record events.
Thank you, Dr Melvill, for a fascinating evening. You kept your audience spellbound right from the start, to the final word!
In honour of the “Year of the Bird”, members were asked to bring a bird painting with them – here is a selection of those.
At our March members’ meeting we were privileged to have Lesley Charnock demonstrating for us how to paint a portrait in oils with a very limited palette.
Neither weather nor long weekend could keep our members away from this one and we had a full hall, adding more chairs, as more people arrived….and they were not disappointed!
Lesley kept us enthralled and entertained for nearly two hours, which was more time than it took for her to pull this amazing portrait together.
She started her presentation by showing us some of the magic found in varying juxtaposition of colour – she’d brought with her three portraits, for which she’d used the same three colours she used in this demo, but in differing combinations and the difference was astonishing.
Armed with her enormous wooden palette of previously mixed colour and a selection of broad brushes, Lesley got to work. It was fascinating watching the painting grow – starting with a few brown brush-strokes on a blank canvas and working up to more and more positive colours, till this glowing face emerged.
There were cheers from the audience when she finally put her brushes down and pronounced her portrait “finished”. Thank you Lesley, for a truly inspiring demo.
On Thursday 22 Feb we had a good turn-out of members at our AGM at the Athenaeum, with Solly Gutman taking his usual, competent place in the chair.
Judging by the President’s Report, the past twelve months have been an extremely busy – and hopefully productive – time for all of our members. Packed with outings, workshops, meetings and exhibitions as it was, it was certainly not a boring year.
After the formalities of the evening were completed, we could get down to the important task of judging the drawing competition. There were many beautiful and varied interpretations of the theme “Ebony and Ivory”, but winners had to be chosen.
In first place we had Sonja Frenz, with her lovely “Trees at Sunnyside”, second was “Khasab” by Fiona Nichols and, in third place, Frederick Krause with “Pride”. Well done to the three of you, for your very worthy winning entries.