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Life Drawing at the Athenaeum

13 September was the last of this year’s scheduled Thursday evening life drawing sessions at the Athenaeum and due to lack of interest, probably not to be continued in the new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These sessions take a lot of organisational as well as practical input from the council members whose portfolio it is and have proved “non-cost-effective” for SASA. So, for the few who actually got there, sorry – we tried! We will, however still be having our usual five Saturday morning slots at the Newlands Scout Hall in June/July next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy was our model for the evening – thanks Andy, for stepping in at  such short notice.

 

 

 

 

 

We were a very small group, but had a good time, with much experimentation and sharing of equipment going on, as well as much concentration, resulting in the need for much relaxation between poses!…..and some really interesting work. Well done everyone.

 

 

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Maré Bruwer Silk Painting Workshop

The last of the SASA Winter workshops for 2018 took place on Saturday 8 September at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands.

 

 

 

 

 

Maré Bruwer shared her knowledge and experience of the technique with us, as she took us through the delicate steps of the silk painting process, from the actual painting, where many “happy accidents” could – and did – happen, to the washing, ironing and finishing off of the final piece.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a wonderful workshop and totally different from anything else we’ve done, really taking us all out of our collective comfort zone and forcing us to explore and experiment with a brand new medium, where the inks didn’t behave as we expected them to.

 

 

 

 

 

A group of rather exhausted, yet very happy artists headed for home at the end of the day. Thank you Maré for a great workshop and thanks, Irene Oxley, for arranging it all.

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August SASA Members’ Meeting

The SASA members’ meeting for August was held on Thursday the 30th at our usual venue, the Athenaeum in Newlands.

 

 

 

 

 

We were fortunate to have two of our selection day judges – Liesl Hartmann, head of education at Zeitz MOCCA and Virginia MacKenny, Associate Professor of painting at Michaelis School of Art – on hand, to give a critique on some of the work that didn’t make the cut for the Annual exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a relatively small group of members who attended the meeting, but those who were there were richly rewarded. Because there weren’t so very many paintings to look at, our judges were able to spend more time on each work presented and give a more in-depth assessment.

The criticism was constructive and very useful – pertinent to all those present, not just the artist whose artwork was being discussed – and much note-taking was done throughout the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

The thought-provoking comments and suggestions generated many a “light-bulb moment” causing us to re-think the way we looked at the work in front of us as well as our own and everyone went home with a head full of ideas for improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Virginia and Liesl, for an exceptionally enlightening and entertaining evening.

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SASA Annual Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

SASA’s 112th Annual Exhibition was opened on Friday evening, the 24th of August, by Virginia MacKenny – artist, author and associate professor of painting at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. Virginia gave a wonderfully inspiring speech, giving us both light-hearted moments as well as food for thought. She urged us to pay attention, treading lightly on our earth and treating it with empathy, respecting and becoming a part of the web of connection all around us in the natural world. 

 

 

 

 

 

The opening function was very well attended and compliments abounded regarding the quality of work on display. “A beautiful, well-hung exhibition” was the general consensus ……and of course the customary superb catering and efficient bar were much enjoyed by all – thanks to Mary, Adrian and their team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia also handed out the certificates and trophies to the winners in all categories, chosen at the selection week-end – some of whom won more than one – as well as two very special awards, which went to Jeremy Day and Laura Wenman – our very first SASA “Senior Fellows”. Well done to the two of you – accolades well deserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia, your presence, your words and your patience are much appreciated. Thank you for giving us of  your time…..and for making the winners stand still for their photos – made this blogger’s task waaay easier 🙂

The exhibition is on at the Richard Crowie Hall in Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and will run until Thursday 13 September.

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112th Annual SASA Exhibition

On Friday 24 August, at 18:30, the opening of the 112th prestigious SASA Annual Exhibition will be held at the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. The opening address will be delivered by Virginia MacKenny, associate professor of painting at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. The exhibition will be open between 09:30 and 17:30 daily till Thursday 13 September.

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Evening Life Drawing at the Athenaeum

On a rather cold and wet Thursday August 16, we had our third life drawing evening for the year – there’s one more in September and still space if you’re interested. Have a look at the most recent SASA newsletter for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who managed to be there were delighted with our model Taitai, with her huge hair and generous curves and inspired to create some lovely work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to really get to grips with foreshortening (or change position!) for some of her poses, which were deceptively demanding and required absolute concentration. This is when that old rule comes in so handy “….draw what you see and not what you think you know”.

Our regulars were dismayed to realise we only have one more booking for this year, but we will carry on with the evening sessions next year, if there’s enough positive feedback, so if you’d like to attend, let your interest be known.

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2018 SASA Selection Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend, August 11 and 12, it was time for the 2018 SASA selection weekend. A rather chilly Saturday morning saw us assembled, bright and early, at Rustenburg Girls High School.

By the time the members started arriving with their work, our team of happy helpers, to whom we are extremely grateful – without them this would be impossible – had everything organised and under control, ensuring that all went very smoothly, as each artist’s work went through the submission process. We soon filled up the once empty hall with an abundance of amazing artwork.

Sunday was “Judgement Day”! We had a trio of lady judges this year, who very efficiently and consistently gave a score to each of the close to four hundred pieces presented to them throughout the day.

Our well-briefed team all knew and carried out their tasks silently and capably, so that the judges could concentrate on their challenging assignment. Many thanks to our Judges – Liesl Hartmann, Virginia McKenny and Gail Dorje – for giving us the benefit of their time and expertise.

Tea and lunch breaks were crucial, allowing time for the judges to stretch their legs – and everyone else to rest theirs! – so that they could, refreshed, continue with the scoring. Thanks to Mary and Kate, for your usual excellent catering, which kept us going all day.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the award winners. Best oil – Helena Jordaan, “My Naam is Moreblessing”; best acrylic – Jeremy Day, “Peace in the Valley”; best drawing – Suzanne Fortgens, “The Firemen of the Cape Town Brigade”; best watercolour – Pam Quinlan, “Toadstools”, best pastel – ChristophernReid, “Robberg Complements”; best sculpture – Penny Steynor, “Attack”; best print media – Marilyn Southey, “The Pool”; best mixed media – Ali Lauren Melck, “Sunbird Study”.

So, that’s another very successful selection weekend under our belts and we look forward to seeing all the chosen pieces on display at our annual exhibition.

This, SASA’s 112th annual exhibition, will be opened by Virginia McKenny on Friday 24 August at 18:30, at our usual venue, The Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch. We’ll see you there!

 

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Landscape, Life and Still-Life Competition

Last night – Thursday 26 July – was this month’s SASA members’ meeting, which is traditionally combined with the annual Landscape, Life and Still-life competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lovely selection of entries to choose from, which made voting rather difficult, but choices had to be made.

While the votes were being tallied, Lyn Northam and Wyn Rossouw gave a critique of the work submitted and a marvelous job they did too! Thank you Lyn and Wyn – not an easy assignment, but one you are both most qualified to fulfill. I’m sure all who attended got a lot of tips for improving their work.

 

We also had some sketch packs from Artsauce available for their annual “Sketch-Pack Project” – a zig-zag mini sketch pad with enough pages for a sketch a day for the month of August.

 

These completed sketch-packs will then be exhibited in the window of Artsauce for the month of October. I hope you all got yours?

 

The gift vouchers given to the three winners in each category for the evening were also donated by Artsauce. In addition to a voucher, each winner also received a quality canvas, kindly donated by Winsen’s Canvas. We had some very happy winners, taking home these lovely prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and the winners were…..In the Landscape Category – first was Beth Lowe with her oil painting of “Noordhoek Beach”, second was Craig Paton-Ash, with his drawing of “Muizenberg” and third, Grazyna Janik, with a painting of “Hout Bay Harbour”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Life category – first Penny Steynor’s pastel portrait of her “Old Friend”, second was Tressan Verramunder with his watercolour “No Smile” and in third place, Jinty De Villiers with her sketch –  “Finishing Touches”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Still-life category – first Penny Steynor with her watercolour “Class Project” and in joint second place, Grazyna Janik with her oil “My Winter Crop” and Margaret Munro’s watercolour “Tulips”.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all our prize-winners – all wonderful work and well-deserved winnings.

 

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Winter Workshop with Tony Durrheim

On Saturday 21 July we had a full studio at the Peter Clarke Art Centre, when Tony Durrheim shared his secrets with us in a one day workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Mainly self-taught, Tony discovered a passion for painting in 2000, when he attended a painting demo, after leaving the police force. We were regaled with tales of his life in and leaving of “the force”, keeping us well entertained throughout the day.

 

Tony’s love of the sea grew from his experiences as a young surfer in the 70s and shows in the mood and movement of his many seascapes, for which he is most well known.

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop was very fast paced – we completed a seascape in oil and acrylic in just over three hours – exhilarating for some, nerve-wracking for others – as Tony gave us all sorts of tips and “cheats” that he uses to enhance the watery effects in his work.

 

 

 

 

 

Tony’s advice to would-be artists “….you’ve got to have your own studio and you’ve got to paint every day…..the more you paint, the easier it becomes.”