Friday 22 Feb was a glorious late Summer day, perfect for the SASA outing to Groot Constantia Wine Estate and we had eight artists joining us for some plein air painting.
Because of the beauty of the surroundings and diversity of subject matter – from historic buildings and duckponds to ancient oak trees and vineyards – Groot Constantia is a favourite amongst our members.
We spent the morning wandering and working and met at one of the restaurants for refreshments at midday, where we showed each other what we’d accomplished and exchanged ideas, ensuring we all left with a little more knowledge gained and a few extra tips.
Huge thanks must go to Karen – PRO of the Estate – for always welcoming us so warmly and for the generous gift of wine tasting vouchers for all participating artists.
Thanks as well to Johan Pieterse for organising the outing for us.
On Friday 18 January, we had a very different Kommetjie plein air encounter! The long – usually white, sunlit – beach was shrouded in cloud and the iconic lighthouse was very well camouflaged in that cloudy background.
The day started off overcast, with sunny patches and was surprisingly chilly for this time of year, yet still a few brave souls came out to do some painting.
It turned into quite an adventure, ending with the intrepid few painting in the rain. Far from feeling disheartened, our artists found the experience quite invigorating and some exciting works were produced.
Thank you, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us and thanks Kommetjie – we’ll be back!
For the first plein air outing of 2019, Johan Pieterse has organised an excursion to the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse in Kommetjie. We meet at the Kommetjie beach at 9:00am on Friday 18 January. For more information, please see the latest SASA newsletter.
We had a very successful plein air outing to Chart Farm – a favourite venue amongst our members and also the CAS members who were invited to join us – on Friday 30 November. It was a beautifully sunny day and everyone came armed with big hats and sunscreen.
Magnificent views surrounded us, from vineyards and mountains to interesting architecture and close-ups of roses. We spread out under the shade of the trees and all through the rose gardens, where the scented blooms added another sensory dimension.
Everyone had wonderful subject-matter choices to make and some just sat for a while, taking it all in before they began.
At lunchtime, we were welcomed at the coffee shop and then there were cut flowers to be bought and the farm stall to be visited.
The day was enjoyed by all and this group of happy artists will definitely be back for more. Thanks, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.
It’s “Plein Air Season” again and Johan Pieterse organised our first outing to the beautiful Buitenverwachting Wine Estate in Constantia, on Friday the 26th October.
This magnificent venue has a lot to offer in terms of choices of subject matter, with it’s historic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vineyards and roaming roosters. Or if it’s the little details you’re looking for, there are plenty of those to be discovered too.
We had a glorious morning capturing it all on paper and, lured by the scent of fresh roasted coffee, gathered at “The Beanery” at lunchtime.
These plein air outings have become very popular with our members and Buitenverwachting is one of the most favoured locations. Look out for the next outing, which will be sometime in November and spend a lovely day outside, connecting with other artists and topping up your reservoirs of inspiration.
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.
On Friday March 23, we met at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town for a morning of plein air sketching and painting.
It was a beautifully sunny, windless day – perfect for our needs, though rather disappointing for the sailors, whose yachts stayed in the harbour.
The yachts on their moorings and the Navy vessels alongside provided wonderful subject matter for some of us, while others turned to the picturesque town itself, with the spectacular backdrop of the hills behind.
The sounds of the harbour, both man-made and natural, added a peaceful backing track to the tranquil scene, which had us working hard till mid-day, when we stopped for lunch at the club restaurant.
Many thanks to the management and staff of the yacht club, who made us so welcome, allowing us access to their facilities and to their beautiful setting. Thanks as well, to Johan Pieterse, for organising it all.