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Hermanus Fynarts Festival

This is a first for Hermanus and it sounds like it’s going to be a terrific event.  

Take a look at the full programme of this very different celebration of South African arts at You can also book for the various workshops through Webtickets and Hermanus Tourism –  Tel. 028 3122 629.

And SASA members Dale and Mel Elliott will be also be running a workshop –

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Ryno Swart Demo

On the 28 March SASA hosted Ryno Swart who did a demo in oil at the Athenaeum.
We had a wonderful attendance from the members, with hardly a chair left.
Ryno entertained us with stories of his time in Paris, years ago and talked us through his “still life” painting of a tea cup and small coffee pot.
Thank you Ryno for a beautiful little painting  !!

Still Life of Cup and Coffee Pot
Ryno at work
Not quite finished, but nearly there!

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Ryno Swart @ the Anthenaeum

This is a review of Ryno Swart’s book,  by Barbara Moore
He will be doing a demo the 28 March for SASA at the Athenaeum

Painting In Oils
by Ryno Swart

Ryno Swart is a master of painting in oils.  He spent many years in France, Greece, Italy and Holland and now has a delightful gallery on the main street in Simon’s Town, just past Jubilee Square.  Here you can view his exciting paintings, and even join a workshop.
I spotted Ryno’s book on one of my frequent visits to his gallery, and was enchanted at the wealth of wisdom and teaching, presented in a unique, simple and direct style that is remarkably effective. 
He has written a book as magical as the most successful painting….it says what needs to be said and no more, no less.  It gets to the heart of the matter and is peppered with pithy and relevant notes, such as:
“Half the skill of painting is leaving it alone”
“You can’t make a painting work; you can only ALLOW it to work”
“A painting must be conducted like a military campaign; planned and organised and strategised”.
The presentation of the teaching notes is unusual and works very well.  This is a book that should not lie on a coffee table or grace a bookshelf.  This is a book that should be propped up in your studio or where-ever you work, and should soon become spotted and splashed with paint.  
It contains a wealth of information from a sensitive artist who, despite rigid discipline, focus and hard work, approaches the art of painting in oils with a sensuality and a passion that reflects in his work and his teachings.
If you have Kindle on your iPad or similar, you may like to buy the book from  Unfortunately does not yet have a pricing for it.  You will need colour so a normal Kindle won’t do.  Just use the search function on Amazon for “Ryno Swart” and you’ll find it.

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Winter Workshops

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.

After Gavin Collins’ demo at one of our monthly meetings, there was great excitement when he agreed to give us a workshop as well.  
And then, to crown a terrific year of workshops, Dale and Mel Elliott came through from their home in Villiersdorp for a workshop in oils and acrylics.
Thank you to you all.  Every workshop was exceptional.

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Tilly Schler Demo

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!

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A Busy August

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

Lynn Brown – Life drawing/painting section
Grazyna Janik – Landscape/seascape section

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.

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Workshop Fever

Cherry Nichols gave an awesome watercolour workshop for SASA members on Tuesday 21 June. All participants had to change the poppy drawing they were sent to use at the workshop. Cherry started off by showing them how to remove parts of the painting that were no longer wanted, using oil pastels and turps. The oil pastels were also used to darken the areas in between the poppies and then taking the colour into the flowers. This technique was also used to form the background of the painting.
Participants were shown how to do introduce gel medium over the wet paint and when slightly dry, how to ‘scratch out’ the stamens, leaves, buds, etc using a toothpick. She went on to show us how to put the different colours into the flowers, how to complete the vase section of the painting, showing the water levels and how to finish off the painting.
The results?  Have a look.


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Life Drawing

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 or Lawrie on 021 438 9512 – email  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

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Gus Kennedy tallk

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