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
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
Dale Elliott lived up to his reputation as an incredible landscape artist at the monthly meeting in May.
He entertained and informed and had his audience glued to their seats. Thank you Dale, for a great evening and for coming all the way through from Villiersdorp.
What an informative evening we had with Barbara Moore giving us hints and tips on why and how we should be sketching. She gave us advice on the equipment she uses and also brought along some of her sketch books for us to browse through. Thank you Barbara.
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!
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.