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Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

Friday 22 Feb was a glorious late Summer day, perfect for the SASA outing to Groot Constantia Wine Estate and we had eight artists joining us for some plein air painting.

 

 

 

 

 

Because of the beauty of the surroundings and diversity of subject matter – from historic buildings and duckponds to ancient oak trees and vineyards – Groot Constantia is a favourite amongst our members.

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the morning wandering and working and met at one of the restaurants for refreshments at midday, where we showed each other what we’d accomplished and exchanged ideas, ensuring we all left with a little more knowledge gained and a few extra tips.

 

 

 

 

 

Huge thanks must go to Karen – PRO of the Estate – for always welcoming us so warmly and for the generous gift of wine tasting vouchers for all participating artists.

Thanks as well to Johan Pieterse for organising the outing for us.

 

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SASA Plein Air Outing to Kommetjie

On Friday 18 January, we had a very different Kommetjie plein air encounter! The long – usually white, sunlit – beach was shrouded in cloud and the iconic lighthouse was very well camouflaged in that cloudy background.

 

 

 

 

 

The day started off overcast, with sunny patches and was surprisingly chilly for this time of year, yet still a few brave souls came out to do some painting.

 

 

 

 

It turned into quite an adventure, ending with the intrepid few painting in the rain. Far from feeling disheartened, our artists found the experience quite invigorating and some exciting works were produced.

Thank you, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us and thanks Kommetjie – we’ll be back!

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Plein Air Outing to Chart Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very successful plein air outing to Chart Farm – a favourite venue amongst our members and also the CAS members who were invited to join us – on Friday 30 November. It was a beautifully sunny day and everyone came armed with big hats and sunscreen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificent views surrounded us, from vineyards and mountains to interesting architecture and close-ups of roses. We spread out under the shade of the trees and all through the rose gardens, where the scented blooms added another sensory dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone had wonderful subject-matter choices to make and some just sat for a while, taking it all in before they began.

 

 

 

 

 

At lunchtime, we were welcomed at the coffee shop and then there were cut flowers to be bought and the farm stall to be visited.

The day was enjoyed by all and this group of happy artists will definitely be back for more. Thanks, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.

 

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Buitenverwachting Plein Air Outing

It’s “Plein Air Season” again and Johan Pieterse organised our first outing to the beautiful Buitenverwachting Wine Estate in Constantia, on Friday the 26th October.

 

 

 

 

 

This magnificent venue has a lot to offer in terms of choices of subject matter, with it’s historic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vineyards and roaming roosters. Or if it’s the little details you’re looking for, there are plenty of those to be discovered too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a glorious morning capturing it all on paper and, lured by the scent of fresh roasted coffee, gathered at “The Beanery” at lunchtime.

 

 

 

 

 

These plein air outings have become very popular with our members and Buitenverwachting is one of the most favoured locations. Look out for the next outing, which will be sometime in November and spend a lovely day outside, connecting with other artists and topping up your reservoirs of inspiration.

Thanks Johan for a lovely day.

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Maré Bruwer Silk Painting Workshop

The last of the SASA Winter workshops for 2018 took place on Saturday 8 September at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands.

 

 

 

 

 

Maré Bruwer shared her knowledge and experience of the technique with us, as she took us through the delicate steps of the silk painting process, from the actual painting, where many “happy accidents” could – and did – happen, to the washing, ironing and finishing off of the final piece.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a wonderful workshop and totally different from anything else we’ve done, really taking us all out of our collective comfort zone and forcing us to explore and experiment with a brand new medium, where the inks didn’t behave as we expected them to.

 

 

 

 

 

A group of rather exhausted, yet very happy artists headed for home at the end of the day. Thank you Maré for a great workshop and thanks, Irene Oxley, for arranging it all.