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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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June 2018 Members’ Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday evening, the 28th of June, Angela Zehnder joined us at the Athenaeum to tell us a bit about her role in the conservation and restoration of paintings at the South African National Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

Angela gave a talk, illustrated by slides, giving us a glimpse into the fascinating world of art restoration. We were shown how the use of X-rays and infra-red light exposes layers beneath the painted surface, telling tales of previous concepts and compositions toyed with by the artist, before settling on the image we see.

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps an incongruous support, like the lid of a biscuit tin we see under the painting in one of Angela’s slides.

 

 

 

 

 

Angela stressed the importance of correct display and storage of a painting – such as keeping humidity levels controlled and light gentle – to prevent deterioration. She also touched on methods of repairing damage to works not stored correctly and removing layers of discoloured varnish to reveal the original freshness of the paint beneath.

 

 

 

 

 

Her subject is vast – too much to cover in one sitting – but we were given a taste of what is involved. Thank you Angela, for an interesting evening.

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Demo by Mel Elliot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our members’ meeting on May 31, we were treated to a fascinating demo by Mel Elliot. He showed us his 10 step plan for “building” a landscape in oils, using acrylic paints for the under painting and first several layers.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not until he gets to step 6 that he starts using oil paints and the contrast between the two media is remarkable. The acrylic looks flat and dull when juxtaposed with the singing colours and bright lights of the oils, but as Mel pointed out, the acrylics are good for mid tones and the contrast is effective.

Mel has a wonderfully relaxed and chatty manner, as he paints, which kept everyone entertained, while thoroughly absorbed in watching the painting develop.

 

 

 

 

 

Judging by the amount of note-taking that went on, this is one demo that our members do not want to forget…..so many tips and hints to take away with us and start trying out for ourselves.

Mel also shared some very valuable marketing points, such as the importance of a good frame, to make a painting more attractive and saleable.

 

 

 

 

Thanks Mel, for a most interesting and inspiring evening.

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Thursday Evening Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

Thanks to those who “put their money where their mouth is”, we had a comfortably full life drawing session at the Athenaeum on Thursday evening, 17 May. We had sixteen members in all, which is way more than we have had on past evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

Nola modeled for us and did a very good job of it. Her lighthearted personality reflected in her poses, which were graceful and natural, though sometimes challenging, forcing us to concentrate and taxing our brains as well as our draughtsmanship.

The drawings and paintings produced were wonderfully varied in style and medium – some firm and focused and others free and experimental. A most worthwhile evening and we look forward to more of the same in the future.

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Talk by Dr Roger Melvill at the April Members’ Meeting

 

 

 

Dr Roger Melvill – neurosurgeon, mountaineer and artist – was the official doctor on the Lewis Pugh expedition to Antarctica and we were lucky enough to have him at the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 26 April to tell his tale.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Melvill spoke of the wonderful work done by the Lewis Pugh Foundation for the preservation and conservation of the world’s oceans. To draw attention to this cause, Lewis Pugh himself has completed long-distance swims in every one of those oceans, often in near freezing water.

 

 

 

 

From Dr Melvill’s slides, we saw how breathtaking – both literally and figuratively – the area is, in it’s starkly beautiful scenery and it’s icy cold temperatures.

 

 

 

Luckily, he often had time to set up his easel and paint en plein air, capturing the magnificence of the landscape and birdlife, as have many other artists before him, on similar expeditions, one of whom was our very own Yvonne Ankerman.

The earliest of these did it out of necessity, having no cameras in those days, with which to record events.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Dr Melvill, for a fascinating evening. You kept your audience spellbound right from the start, to the final word!

In honour of the “Year of the Bird”, members were asked to bring a bird painting with them – here is a selection of those.

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March Meeting – Lesley Charnock Demo

At our March members’ meeting we were privileged to have Lesley Charnock demonstrating for us how to paint a portrait in oils with a very limited palette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither weather nor long weekend could keep our members away from this one and we had a full hall, adding more chairs, as more people arrived….and they were not disappointed!

 

 

 

 

Lesley kept us enthralled and entertained for nearly two hours, which was more time than it took for her to pull this amazing portrait together.

 

 

 

 

She started her presentation by showing us some of the magic found in varying juxtaposition of colour – she’d brought with her three portraits, for which she’d used the same three colours she used in this demo, but in differing combinations and the difference was astonishing.

Armed with her enormous wooden palette of previously mixed colour and a selection of broad brushes, Lesley got to work. It was fascinating watching the painting grow – starting with a few brown brush-strokes on a blank canvas and working up to more and more positive colours, till this glowing face emerged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were cheers from the audience when she finally put her brushes down and pronounced her portrait “finished”. Thank you Lesley, for a truly inspiring demo.

 

 

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2018 SASA AGM and Drawing Competition

On Thursday 22 Feb we had a good turn-out of members at our AGM at the Athenaeum, with Solly Gutman taking his usual, competent place in the chair.

 

 

 

 

Judging by the President’s Report, the past twelve months have been an extremely busy – and hopefully productive – time for all of our members. Packed with outings, workshops, meetings and exhibitions as it was, it was certainly not a boring year.

After the formalities of the evening were completed, we could get down to the important task of judging the drawing competition. There were many beautiful and varied interpretations of the theme “Ebony and Ivory”, but winners had to be chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

In first place we had Sonja Frenz, with her lovely “Trees at Sunnyside”, second was “Khasab” by Fiona Nichols and, in third place, Frederick Krause with “Pride”. Well done to the three of you, for your very worthy winning entries.