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March Meeting – Lesley Charnock Demo

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.



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2018 SASA AGM and Drawing Competition

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.

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Hayden Proud at January Members’ Meeting






Welcome back, all our members, to a new year with SASA. Our January members’ meeting on Thursday the 25th was a wonderful way to kick it off.





Hayden Proud, an art curator at Iziko museums, presented a fascinating illustrated talk about the history of SASA, which, having been originally founded in the late 1800s, is the oldest enduring art society in South Africa.





Hayden showed us how their exhibitions were hung, in the manner of the Royal Academy in London and very different from the way we hang them today.





Only the best work was placed at eye-level, so you knew precisely how highly your work was regarded, by the level at which it was positioned!







We also saw pictures of SASA’s first official home – Kamp’s Cafe, 71 Plein Street, Cape Town – and a very different looking National Gallery! Hayden introduced us to some of the art and artists who have been members of our society through the years, some names we recognise and some not so well-known.





In the beginning SASA was a very inclusive society and all art forms were embraced, so that which we now consider “craft”, was then accepted as “art”.




Thank you Hayden, for an extremely well researched talk a and most informative evening.

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November Members’ Meeting





2017 has flown by and we held the final SASA members’ meeting for the year on Thursday 30 November. The November meeting is traditionally a more relaxed evening, with an informal layout, wine and snacks to be enjoyed throughout the evening and an art quiz to get our brains buzzing.







Thanks to Wyn Rossouw for the (what we thought was a) challenging quiz. Nicely done Wyn and thanks for giving us the “easier” version. Really tested our art knowledge and sent us scurrying back to our reference books when we got home!

We had some beautiful entries for the annual Eleanor Palmer Competition and a difficult job choosing our favourites.






Chosen by your peers, by secret ballot, the winners were… third place, Mandy Herdien, second was Sonja Rivett-Carnac and our winner of the trophy for this year was Grazyna Janik. Well done to all three of you. Wonderful work.





Thanks to those who participated and to all who brought the very tasty plates of snacks to feed us all during the evening. Enjoy the festive season, however and whatever you may be celebrating and we’ll see you in the new year.

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End of Year Function and Eleanor Palmer Competition

On Thursday 30 November, our last members’ meeting for 2017, we will be holding our end of year function at the Athenaeum. As well as the annual Eleanor Palmer competition, there will be drinks and snacks and a bit of light-hearted fun. See November SASA newsletter for details.

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John Pace on John Pace







At our October Members’ Meeting, we were fortunate to have 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award winner, John Pace, talking about what makes him tick. Owner and art director of the creative agency “At Pace”, family man and erstwhile Sunday painter, John considers himself the luckiest man alive, to have won this award.

John’s comfortably relaxed speaking style and his light-hearted approach to himself and his work, kept his audience captivated, as he walked us down his path of experience. He spoke about his life, his family and his painting process, which is for him, a ceaseless learning curve.

His “studio” is a converted kitchen island on wheels, which he trundles from one room to another at home, as the need arises. His inspiration is what he sees around him and his reference, the photographs he takes.





Thank you John, for your time, for sharing all this with us and sending us home happy and inspired.


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September Monthly Meeting

The SASA members’ meeting for September was held on Thursday the 28th, at the Athenaeum, when our members were educated and entertained by Yvonne Ankerman.

Yvonne demonstrated for us, her particular method of painting flowers in oils, using only a palette knife and sosatie stick.







On a ready-painted, coloured acrylic background, she showed us how she quickly and effectively, builds her composition – a field of wild-flowers this time – using a limited colour palette and relatively few strokes of her palette knife.

The very loose and completely “unprecious” composition came together very nicely at the end, with the addition of a few linear marks for extra interest and scratched lines produced by her sosatie stick.








Thank you, Yvonne, for presenting us with a lovely, light-hearted way of expressing ourselves in paint.

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July SASA Members’ Meeting

The SASA members’ meeting was held on Thursday 27 July at the Athenaeum. It proved to be a very entertaining evening.

Di Metcalfe and Catherine Moss, of Artsauce, kicked off the proceedings with a presentation of their “Sketchpack Project”, which they run every year around this time. You get a little zig-zag sketch pad with space for a sketch a day for a month. A wonderful way to get you into the habit of sketching every day and to be a part of the exhibition of these wonderfully creative works, at the end of it all.

Next up was the “Alla Prima Landscape, Life and Still-Life Competition”. Entries had to have been drawn, or painted from life, in one sitting. A challenge for any artist, but we had many beautiful and skillfully executed entries.








While the members’ votes were being tallied, we were given a crit of each entry, by the most experienced double act of Margie Johnson and Laura Wenman. Thank you, you two, for your very informative, constructive – and sometimes hilarious – input for the evening. It was much appreciated by all who attended and especially those whose work was on display. You gave us much insight into the way the use of colour, tone and light can enhance, or detract from a composition. We all learned a lot that evening.

Then, of course we have the winners! In the still life category, first place went to Wyn Rossouw, second was Grazyna Janik and third, Penny Steynor. 

In the life drawing category, Penny Steynor was in first place, second was Christopher Reid and third was Tressan Vermunder.

In the landscape category, first place was awarded to Beth Lowe, second to Grazyna Janik and in third place, Penny Steynor. Well done to all the winners!

A big thank you must go to Gavin Van Winsen of “Winsen’s Canvases”, who donated the beautiful Belgian Linen canvases, which were given as prizes and I’m sure, which the winners can’t wait to work on.