When the cold weather approaches, our intrepid plein air painters pack up their sunhats and sunscreen until the next SASA arranged outing in September.
And to keep ourselves going, indoor workshops are arranged over the May to August chilly months.
This year we were privileged to host four of SA’s leading artists in their fields.
In May, Derric van Rensburg gave us the benefit of his knowledge in the field of acrylics – a workshop that was well attended with many oohs and wows!
Derric’s workshop was followed by watercolour Master, Wallace Hulley, whose freedom and expertise with the brush gave many food for thought.
Our monthly meetings this year have been exciting, informative and varied and the June meeting was no exception.
Tilly Schler had her audience mesmerised whilst she demonstrated all sorts of varied techniques with glue, sand, home made paints and inks and she even set fire to one of her canvases to create rocks in a seascape.
Tilly is a lady with extreme energy and enthusiasm and loves playing with water and inks and creating different patterns in the most vivid colours on her canvases.
An evening with a difference!
The month went by in a flash!
All the activity included preparations for selection day (actually it took a whole weekend), our landscape and life competition – congratulations to our winners
Then there were the winter workshops. First was Cherry Nichols watercolour/mixed media workshop for experienced watercolourists (see previous post) and then we were honoured to have Natalie Hirschman give us a workshop in oils. An incredible experience from a master of the medium.
And then our own SASA member and Fellow, Di Ackerman, gave us a workshop on drawing in ink and finishing in acrylics.
A big thank you to all three wonderful artists for sharing their years of wisdom and experience with us.
|Picasso – The Blue Nude|
An early start this year – so dust off your pencils and sketchbooks if you haven’t been using them and take advantage of the Autumn weather and our first nude model. Khadija has been selected for our first session and you can see her photo in the Artist Models section of this blog. She is a total professional (as are all our selected models) and will be posing on the 30th April from 9.30 am until 12.30.
Until the weather cools in June/July, we will be selecting nude models; clothes will be the order of the day in the depths of winter.
The cost remains the same – R60 per session which includes a cup of tea and biscuits. Please contact Jinty on 021 762 2426 – email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lawrie on 021 438 9512 – email email@example.com. Make sure you book your place as space is limited!
Schedule: April 30, May 7 and 14, June 11 and 18
Where: The Portuguese Club in Rugby
|Gus at the Podium|
At our monthly Thursday meeting, Gus Kennedy, owner of the Italian Art Shop in Rondebosch, gave us a really insightful talk on “Paint – what is it?”
He talked about the properties of the various paint qualities, the importance of quality canvases and what makes a good canvas, brushes and how they’re made and a host of information that we never knew and can make a difference in our painting lives.
|An amazing prize to win|
And to top it all, Skye had put together a wonderful give-away package to one lucky member, and that was Paul Webb. Lucky man Paul! Enjoy.
|Paul Webb and his goodies|
Thursday, 27th January was our first 2011 meeting and we were treated to a marvellous talk by Desmond Colborne on the Seine and the how this magnificent “River of Light” influenced so many of the Impressionists.
France has been a second home for Desmond for most of his life working as a tour escort, teacher and for 30 years as the Paris director of the business leadership organisation, the South Africa Foundation. He has lived and lectured on France in SA for many years, at the UCT Summer school and elsewhere, and is an author of a book on South Africa.
Thank you Desmond for starting our year off so magnificently. We certainly maxed out on the seating space!
|A gargoyle on the Chartres Cathedral watches over the Seine|
Well done to everyone who took part.
|Our 1st prize Winner – Grazyna Janik|