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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.

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Plein Air Outing to Nitida Winery

Thursday 26 October was cold and rainy! Great for the dams, but not so great for plein air painting, so it was a fearless few who braved the weather and gathered at “Tables” for the morning’s outing.

Some of us bundled up and worked outside, or used a car boot for protection from the rain and icy wind, while others gathered objects and took them inside for some still-life drawing.

 

 

 

 

The wine tasting room also proved to be a great place to get some drawing done, with Nitida’s wonderful wines for inspiration. We all eventually gave in and met in the restaurant, to thaw out and warm up with a nice cup of coffee beside the log fire.

 

 

 

 

Even though the weather wasn’t great, the company certainly was and some lovely work was produced. Thanks to all of you for getting there and making it such a very worthwhile and enjoyable morning. Thanks, as well, to Lynne Menge for organising it for us.

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Winter Workshop with Derric Van Rensburg

Our Winter Workshop on 26 August at the Peter Clarke Art Centre featured Derric Van Rensburg, a renowned and accomplished artist. He shared with us his own personal spin on the art of painting with acrylics.

 

 

Derric was his usual entertaining and informative self and the lucky group of SASA members who’d managed to secure their place on the workshop, enjoyed a light-hearted, yet highly rewarding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derric weaved his magic, demonstrating different techniques on two landscapes and a figure study, giving us the chance to experience and experiment with his unique use of tools and materials, producing wonderfully vibrant and colourful compositions.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Derric for another successful and enjoyable event. It’s no wonder there’s always a waiting list for your workshops! 🙂