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April 30th Members’ Meeting

At our most recent members’ meeting on the 30th of April, ten fellows
of SASA gave us a demo.

They each started with a blank canvas
and a plan for a painting. Some brought objects for still life, some
worked from photographs and others brought their models with them for

In an hour or two, these very generous fellows, unlocked their secrets of their technique for us and produced artworks from scratch while a mesmerised crowd watched them take shape.

This was a nerve-wracking task for the artists. Each one of them, in that noisy, crowded hall, managed to answer questions and explain their process, while keeping calm and focused on their work. By the end of the evening, each had produced a finished (or very nearly finished) piece and every member who attended was itching to get home and paint. What they took home with them was a huge helping of energising inspiration with which to enhance their own work.

So…. a huge “Thank You” must go to the ten participating fellows – Ros Walters, Fanie Le Roux, Helen van Stolk, Christine Cherry-Jones,
Laura Wenman, Wyn Rossouw, Lyn Northam, Jeremy Day, Solly Gutman, Penny
Steynor – for sharing their time and expertise with us. This was a wonderful event and one which we hope to repeat with a different selection of artists.

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March Monthly Meeting – Art as Investment!

Our March meeting was one with a difference. Alfie Bester, director and fiduciary specialist with Legacy FS, gave us a very interesting talk on art as an investment. We had our eyes opened to the workings of the investment world, provoking thoughts and ideas that would previously never have crossed our minds.

Alfie is himself an avid art collector, who has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of buying art, not only for its aesthetic value, but also for investment purposes. One has to buy with an educated eye and knowledge of the market, which Alfie, being one of the founder members of the Citadel art price index, certainly has. The index is used to analyse and track the value changes in art over a period of time.

These are not concepts we generally ponder while slaving away in our studios, but maybe one day it’ll be one of us whose work is considered an investment. Of course, if you happen to be another Pablo Picasso, every scribble you make will be worth millions!

We were given much food for thought….and for eating, for that matter…..the wine and snacks, which lent a festive air to the meeting, were sponsored by “Legacy FS”

    Thank you Alfie for a most informative evening.

    …..and well done Glenda on your first meeting as
    President of SASA!

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2015 Annual General Meeting

The SASA AGM was held at the Athenaeum on Thursday 26 February.


 Our current president, Linda Howe-Ely, delivered her “State of the Society” address and announced
 her resignation from the post, after serving in various positions on the council for 12 years. Thanks
 Linda for all those years, we’re going to miss you. She thanked the other two outgoing council
 members – Denzil Haenow and Solly Gutman – and welcomed the incoming members to the council.

After the serious business of the meeting was concluded,
the attending members cast their votes for their favourites
in the annual drawing competition. This year’s theme was
“Coffee”, a subject which could have many different

When all the votes were tallied, the winners were…. in third
place Drexler Kyzer, with his drawing entitled “Coffee Break”,
second place went to Taubelle Gersh for “Better Latte Than Never”
and Craig Paton-Ash was the winner with his beautiful still-life,
“B1 for Coffee”.

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First SASA Meeting for 2015

On Thursday 29 January, we held our first members’ meeting for 2015. Welcome back everyone.

Our guest “speaker” was Vicki Norcliffe, who demonstrated her wonderful technique for creating portraits in pastels.

Vicki’s first step was arranging and lighting her model, Desire, who always does a great job of sitting for us!

The audience was captivated as Vicki, starting with a few carefully placed charcoal lines and, using swift strokes of colour, which were blended, smudged and overlaid, built her portrait in a remarkably short space of time.

I’m sure there are many of our members who’ll be doing some experimenting with pastels. Thank you Vicki, for sharing your fresh approach and giving us a new set of creative “tools” to work with


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September Monthly Meeting

      On Thursday 25 September the judges from
      the selection weekend – Riaan Cronje, Jenny
      Parsons and David Oertel – joined us at our
      members’ meeting to critique works which
      had been presented for selection, but not
      necessarily been chosen for the annual

They explained their personal criteria for the
allocation of points and what they looked for
in an artwork. We were shown what makes an
artwork work well and what doesn’t.


      They all did a fine job of offering
      constructive criticism. Not only showing
      us the faults in a painting, but giving us a
      way of correcting them too.


 Many queries were very satisfactorily 
 answered and solutions given.

 It was a most useful and informative evening
 for all who attended. Thanks, judges.

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AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING – Lyn Northam on plein air painting

Lyn Northam – a SASA Fellow – came to
speak to us at the August meeting and, literally and figuratively, unpacked her plein air painting bag in front of a crowded house.

         She gave us the benefit of her years of experience of
         outdoor painting, sharing her secrets regarding
         equipment, as well as tips on where to go and what
         to avoid.

Lyn’s sketchbooks provided valuable
information on the planning of a plein air painting and gave us an insight into her
thought processes concerning choice of
palette and composition.


     Lyn believes that to be a plein air 
     artist it helps to be slightly mad!
     To capture the nuances of light in
     clouds and mist, you have to be
     out there, so ignore the weather
     forecast and go anyway.

She urges us to “Pick more daisies and smell the sea spray.”

Thank you Lyn, for the inspiration. I’m sure you’ll soon
be seeing a lot more of us packing up and “venturing into
the great outdoors”.

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   The monthly meeting for July was a great 
   platform for our annual “Landscape, Life and
   Still-life” competition. We had numerous entries
   for each category, varying widely in style and

   So many of the works presented were of such
   high standard, it made choosing a favourite very

 A big “Thank You” must go to Lesley Charnock and Inge Semple, two experienced art teachers and SASA members, who very kindly agreed to give a brief critique on each painting submitted. A mammoth task!

They had wonderful words of wisdom to share with us and very positive, constructive criticism for each artwork.

First prize for the “Portrait” went to Penny Steynor for her watercolour portrait, with which Lesley and Inge could find no fault. Beautifully done Penny.

Laura Wenman, most deservedly, won First Prize in both the “Still-life” and the “Landscape” categories. Her distinctive, loose style and lovely sense of colour adapt well to any chosen subject matter.

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June Monthly Meeting

Hanien Conradie’s words and works put a new spin on “flower-painting” for us.

Her illustrated talk took us through its history and the difference between what would be called flower painting, botanical painting and landscape.

Hanien spoke of her passion for indigenous flora and its protection. She also described the research and thought process leading to her current body of work, which will be presented in November for her Master’s Degree. Her paintings have become more about their meaning for her and the feelings they invoke, rather than the visual image.

Thank you Hanien for sharing your inspiration with us.