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Plein Air Outing to Simon’s Town Yacht Club

On Friday March 23, we met at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town for a morning of plein air sketching and painting.

 

 

 

 

It was a beautifully sunny, windless day – perfect for our needs, though rather disappointing for the sailors, whose yachts stayed in the harbour.

 

 

 

 

The yachts on their moorings and the Navy vessels alongside provided wonderful subject matter for some of us, while others turned to the picturesque town itself, with the spectacular backdrop of the hills behind.

 

 

 

 

The sounds of the harbour, both man-made and natural, added a peaceful backing track to the tranquil scene, which had us working hard till mid-day, when we stopped for lunch at the club restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to the management and staff of the yacht club, who made us so welcome, allowing us access to their facilities and to their beautiful setting. Thanks as well, to Johan Pieterse, for organising it all.

 

 

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SASA Outing to the National Gallery’s “Assessing Abstraction” Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday 13 March, the group of SASA members who attended were privileged to have Hayden Proud, curator of the exhibition, showing us around “Assessing Abstraction” at the National Gallery.

He gave us the benefit of his vast knowledge of the history of art and especially pertaining to this particular exhibition. We were shown new ways of looking at abstraction and given a certain understanding, which allowed us to see what we might, without his guidance, otherwise have missed.

We learned that abstraction began, not in modern Europe – it’s usually accepted birthplace – but in the more ancient cultures of Africa, Australia and America, where the native people have always used non-representational mark-making in many different forms.

 

 

 

 

We were shown how abstract canvases became free from the square and abstract art, free from the canvas. Colour is often used just for colour’s sake, for the enjoyment and interpretation of both artist and viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

A wonderful morning. Thanks to Hayden Proud, for your time and knowledge and to Lynne Menge, for arranging it for us.

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Plein Air Outing to Chart Farm

 

 

 

 

 

It was a glorious morning on 28 February, when a group of SASA members met at the beautiful Chart Farm in Wynberg – which has become a firm favourite – for some plein air painting.

 

 

 

 

 

The painters and sketchers wandered amongst the roses and between the trees, each finding their own personal, magnificent view from which to draw inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

As the sun climbed over the mountains, the colours and shadows altered with the changing light and we had to paint quickly to capture it all, resulting in an abundance of wonderfully free sketches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By eleven we were all ready for refreshment and met in the coffee shop for drinks and snacks, while we shared our experiences and admired each other’s efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Johan, for organising another most enjoyable plein air outing.

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SASA Visit to Zeitz MOCAA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t yet been, you really need to get there. A visit to the Zeitz MOCAA is an inspirational  experience – and free for SA citizens on Wednesday mornings, so don’t forget your ID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole building is a sculpture in itself, from the enormous jewel-like windows on the outside, to the amazing forms and spaces carved out of the inside of the 100 year old grain silo. It must have been an extraordinary mind that envisioned this remarkable project.

The multi story, central atrium of the museum, from which the different gallery spaces lead, gives the feeling of a cathedral, with its high arches forming breathtaking shapes and shadows. Enough to keep you enthralled for hours before you even set eyes on the work on display.

The exhibitions extend over nine floors, in separate gallery spaces, including a rooftop sculpture garden, with a diverse selection of artworks and installations. You’d need a week to take in everything properly, but our members split into small groups and wandered through the rooms, absorbing as much as they could, in the time they had.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Lynne Menge, for organising this very exciting outing for us.

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Plein Air Outing to Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

On Friday 19 January a group of SASA members gathered for some plein air painting and drawing on the magnificent Buitenverwachting wine estate in the Constantia valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was rather overcast and windy, but the wonderful scenery more than made up for the failings of the weather.

 

 

 

 

There was a view to inspire every artist, whether it was vineyards and mountains they were looking for, or beautiful architecture, flanked by ancient trees. There were even some chickens strutting their stuff on the lawn and begging to be captured on our wind-whipped pages.

When the elements got too much, the coffee shop and beanery offered some welcome warmth and shelter, where our artists could compare notes and have a hot drink, before leaving for home.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Johan Pieterse for organising another very enjoyable outing.

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Plein Air Outing, 17 November

 

 

 

 

 

What a glorious day for plein air painting. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect if we’d ordered it specially – not too hot, or cold; windless, clear blue skies….and the colours were spectacular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We met at Groot Constantia in the morning, though some joined us later on. A few of our party went off straight away up the hills and into the vineyards, for the breath-taking views, while the rest of us took a little longer to decide where to park ourselves.

The duck pond and buildings around it proved popular, both for our members as well as a group of mothers who’d gathered with their children. There were lots of interested little people who stopped for a chat, with gifts of duck feathers – good for painting with, by the way 🙂

 

 

 

 

We also had some not so welcome guests – a troop of baboons paid us a visit – but they were soon chased off and everyone could relax again.

Tea at Simon’s afterwards was a bit of a straggly affair, with people drifting in and out, but some of us managed to compare a few “notes”.

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely, relaxed and relaxing morning. Thanks Johann for organising it – we’ll have to do it again soon.