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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
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2011 Drawing Competition

The official end-of-year AGM is always celebrated with a drawing competition, and what incredible artwork our members produce, year after year.  And this year we had a theme which was a bit perplexing but an amazing array of interpretations of “One Fell Swoop” were put forward.
And walking away with top honours – as he did last year! was Paul Webb with his drawing entitled 1st July 1916.  Well done Paul!
In second place was Fiona Gawronsky with ‘One Fowl Swoop’, and 3rd prize went to Eugene Schuddinh with his interpretation, ‘In one Fell Swoop’.
Paul Webb
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Desmond Colborne Evening

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

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Eleanor Palmer Evening

Our last meeting of the year combines a get together with our annual Eleanor Palmer competition.
A total of 51 artists brought work to be voted for by their fellow artists and members.  It was a festive evening with lots of wine and even more eats, and the art on display was of an incredible standard which made the voting process even harder!  But in the end, a winner can always be found, and this year Grazyna Janik won first honours with her superb painting, Winter Calm.
Runner up was Laura Wenman with ‘Renee’ and in third place, Peter Nicolle with ‘Christelle’. 

Well done to everyone who took part.

Our 1st prize Winner – Grazyna Janik
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Watercolour Workshop

On Thursday, August 12th, Marion Langton, renowned watercolourist and teacher, held a workshop at the Portuguese Hall for SASA members.

We had a maximum 12 members taking part in what was an incredibly exciting and informative day.  All the participants were given two projects, a landscape with cottages and a vase of flowers.  Marion took the class through every process step-by-step and some incredible work was produced.

Thank you Marion, for all your hard work, and for your generosity.

Marion Langton:  Landscape with Cottages