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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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JULY MONTHLY MEETING

   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
   medium.

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

 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.

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May Monthly Meeting

What a night!  

Artist, teacher and gallery owner, Lesley Charnock regaled us with her trials and tribulations about using a sketch book and how she had to overcome her own reticence about using one in public when she spent a two month sabbatical at the Cite in Paris.

From just that little sketch book, came some wondrous work – and that was the message Lesley wanted to impart – the absolute importance of sketching daily.  Take your sketch book with you wherever you go.  Sketch anything and everything and never mind what it looks like.  It’s your practice tool and the high road to becoming a really good artist.

Thank you Lesley – it really was a great night!

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The February Meeting

Don’t forget that next week we’ll be holding both our AGM – AND our drawing competition.

The rules and regs are in the latest newsletter, but a re-cap on the basic information –

The theme is Flotsam and Jetsam – so hope you’ve been picking up bits and pieces from the beach during your holidays!

You can only vote for your favourite piece if you are there

Please mount your work otherwise it flops around and will probably get lost or torn

 Because it’s a Drawing Competition, only monochrome images are allowed – so if you fancy green, the whole drawing must be done in green!  But no paint, no solvents, only drawing materials

And this one is serious – you must own or have written permission to use any pictorial reference material.  Copyright infringement is an offence.

Even if you don’t participate in the drawing competition, please make an effort to attend this very important, once-a-year, Annual General Meeting.

See you there.