Sonja Frenz will be our guest at the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday the 29th of April. Sonja will be giving us a demo of drawing skills and techniques. The meeting will once again be held via zoom. See the April SASA newsletter for details.
On Wednesday 21 April we’ll be meeting for a plein air outing at St James Beach. For more information, please see the April SASA newsletter. Email Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you’d like to join the group.
The new improved, amalgamated plein air painters and sketchers group have been painting up a storm!
A return visit was paid to Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its spectacular views on 29 March. That morning’s outing resulted in some superb sketches of The Sentinel, overlooking Hout Bay, as well as the beautiful stretch of coastline.
The next Wednesday – 31 March – we’d arranged to meet again on the Blouberg beachfront, but the cloudy, drizzly day scared off all but the bravest few. The moody weather added another dimension to the familiar scenery, so those brave few were well rewarded for getting there, despite the conditions.
On the second Saturday in April another group of plein air enthusiasts met at the Greenpoint Park, for a whole different outdoor painting experience. There was a great feeling of tranquility to the scene – the changing light on the water in the lily-filled ponds enjoyed and painted from the comfort of the lawn.
Jafta’s Flower Farm in Constantia was the venue for the next outing, which took place on Monday, April the 12th. It was a perfect Autumn day – warm and windless – and there was a feast of colour to delight in, with just enough cloud about to make for interesting skies as well.
Thanks to all who arranged the different outings – very inspiring choices of venue, very much enjoyed and appreciated by all who attended.
If anyone else wishes to join the group, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she will add you to the whatsapp group
On Wednesday 7 April we arrived at Kirstenbosch on a lovely warm and sunny morning, for the hanging of our first Members’ exhibition for 2021.
The whole process went very well and without mishaps, from the receiving and processing of the artworks, to the actual hanging of the paintings. It felt as if everyone had come out of “hibernation” and we had a bumper crop of fresh work to put on display.
We had some new members helping us as well, which was wonderful to see, and older members who hadn’t hung an exhibition with us before. Each one had many different tasks to perform and “changed hats” often to compensate for the small number of helpers at hand. Great team-work guys.
Everyone mucked in to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible and by mid-afternoon we had a beautiful show to present to our fans.
It still feels strange to have an exhibition without the festivities of an opening event, but at least we’re out there, in the flesh and ready for browsers and buyers to come and pay us a visit. The exhibition will run till Sunday the 18th of April. Here’s hoping for great sales.
Thank you to all those who came along to help, it is much appreciated, and to those who couldn’t make it, see you at the next one!
On Thursday 25 March we had yet another members’ monthly meeting via zoom. Audrey Innes, our outgoing SASA president, handed over the reins to Liz Pearson, who will be taking on the role. Liz began by welcoming new members to the society and especially our new council member, Val Watt (Yay Val!!).
If anyone else would be willing to serve on the council, there are a couple more empty places. The society cannot be run without it, so please consider stepping up and giving a little of your time.
The main attraction of the evening was Celeste Barnard, from Kuhne Conservation Studio, who gave a talk on paper and paper conservation.
Celeste began by telling us a little about the chemical structure of paper and the different natural materials used in the making of paper. It was interesting to learn how the different fibres, found in different plant sources and even parts of the same plant, have such an effect on the type and quality of the paper produced, thereby explaining its suitability for different applications.
We also learnt about the additives used in paper-making and the reasons water has such an impact on the paper itself, as well as the artwork on the surface of the paper. Water plays a large part in the paper-making process, so when too much is added at a later stage the paper reverts to it’s original pulpy state, whereas if the paper dries out too much, it becomes brittle and crumbles.
The way a piece of paper reacts to water can also tell us a lot about how the paper was made, if by hand, or machine.
The conservation and restoration of paper is a very complex subject, into which Celeste gave us a little insight, stressing the importance of acid free materials when painting or framing, as well as the correct storage conditions. She also gave us tips on the prevention of potential risks.
Thank you Celeste for a hugely informative evening and for answering all our questions. For anyone who missed it, the complete presentation will be available from SASA.
On Tuesday 23 March, the plein air group got together at the picnic site on Chapman’s Peak for another morning of outdoor painting. It was a beautifully warm and wind-free day, but luckily there were plenty of lovely, spreading trees around, so we could each find our place in the shade.
There were nine artists all together, some working on paper with watercolours, or sketching with various tools and materials, while others – using their French easels – painted in oils. If you’re serious about plein air painting, it really helps to have the right, portable equipment.
The views from this spot are absolutely breathtaking and all agreed that we need to get back there really soon, so we’ll be returning next Monday, 29 March, for the “second sitting”. One artist suggested that three or four outings would be needed to do justice to this and any quality location.
Thanks to all involved with organising this outing. If anyone wishes to be included in the group, please email Sonja at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have, sadly, had to cancel the SASA “Art in the Park” for April 2021, due to the small number of participating artists. We shall, hopefully, have a better response closer to the end of the year, so we’ll see you then!
We will be hanging our first Members exhibition in the Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch on Wed 7 April. The exhibition will run till Sun 18 April. Please see the latest SASA newsletter for details.
On Wed 31 March we will be – due to popular demand – once again be having our plein air outing on Blaauwberg Beach. See Newsletter for details or email Sonja Frenz at email@example.com to let her know if you’ll be joining the group.
On Thursday 25 March, Celeste Barnard will be giving a talk on paper restoration and conservation. With level 1 lockdown rules in place, we were supposed to be having the meeting at the Athenaeum, but since the air conditioning in the main hall is not working, we’ll be reverting to Zoom!