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Buitenverwachting Plein Air Outing

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.

Thanks Johan for a lovely day.

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October Members’ Meeting – Sonja Frenz Demo

Sonja Frenz, well known for her charcoal and pastel wooded landscapes, did a wonderful demo for us at the October SASA members’ meeting on Thursday the 25th of October.

 

 

 

 

 

Using charcoal powder and black and white pastels in all their shapes and forms, Sonja showed us how her unique technique can be adapted to suit other subject matter – for this demo, portraiture in particular.

The hall at the Athenaeum was packed that evening and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, watching enthralled, as the beautiful portrait emerged.

Sonja kept us all entertained with her down to earth commentary and gave us a lot of tips and helpful hints to make the materials work successfully.

This is a wonderful new take on working with pastel and charcoal and we all went home inspired and ready to experiment.

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SASA Members’ 2 Exhibition 2018

The second of our members’ exhibitions for 2018 opened on Monday the first of October in the Richard Crowie Hall, Kirstenbosch. The hanging of the work was smoothly and efficiently executed by our band of willing volunteers and every painting was placed in the perfect spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Wenman – one of SASA’s newly named “senior fellows” – opened the exhibition with a sincerely heartfelt and uplifting speech.

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd was not as big as usual, due to an unexpectedly chilly evening, as well as it’s being held on a Monday, but even so, sales got off to a good start – a very good sign for the rest of the exhibition….and for once there was even wine left over! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition finishes tomorrow – Thursday 11 October – a short, but very successful run, living up to expectations and making about a hundred thousand Rand in sales for a lot of very happy artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s still time to pop in for last minute purchases – we’ll start dismantling it all at about four o’clock – so get there if you can.

 

 

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Harry Johnson Sculpture Demo

On Thursday 27 September, we once again gathered at the Athenaeum for the SASA members’ meeting and we were in for a treat!

 

 

 

 

Master sculptor, Harry Johnson was there with his special wax and his special talents to demonstrate his amazing sculpture technique. During the course of the evening he told us a bit about his history and a lot about the wax and the method he uses to create his pieces.

Starting with a vaguely cat-shaped clump, with a few additions and removals of chunks of the wonderfully soft, grey wax, we saw a cheetah materialise before our eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A portrait of a strong young woman was transformed into a dejected figure, using a slight rearrangement of arms and tilt of the head, showing how feelings and perceptions can be altered by mere gesture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To demonstrate how easy it is to correct mistakes, or change proportions when using wax, to the horrified gasps of his audience, Harry sliced the nose off a sculpted face, pared away a layer and stuck it back on again…..or poked a stick up it’s nostrils to make it “breathe”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry’s work is internationally recognised and admired, in ten years he has created more sculptures than any other South African artist has in a lifetime, yet he still made time to spend with us. Thank you Harry, for a truly fascinating evening.