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Zoom Members’ Meeting

Our July SASA members’ meeting was, for the first time, held on “Zoom” and was, despite small hiccups, most successful and well-attended – we had fifty-four members present – thanks to our hosts, Audrey Innes (president of SASA) and Adrian Larkin.

Audrey kicked off the evening by announcing the winners of our online competition. Judging the many, many entries received was a very difficult task, but eventually the three favourites were chosen.

In first place was Charme Southey with her abstract acrylic painting “Emotions of Lockdown”, second was Loraine Magda with her portrait in oil “Deep Vision” and third was Kate Pearce’s “Golden Afternoon” a landscape in oil.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to you three and many thanks to Linda and Greg Austin of “Artland” for the generous donation of the vouchers and art materials given as prizes.

 

 

 

 

Our special guest for the evening was Simon Ekin, well known author and speaker on learning life-skills. To quote the man himself: “You know how when you have a great idea or commitment to do something and then you get scared and back out? Well, what I do is give you the tools and insights to make sure that that never happens again. The best that’ll happen is that you’ll produce a great result and blow people away. The worst that’ll happen is that you’ll be really proud of yourself for giving it a go”.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon’s book, “The Art of Courage” was the starting point for his presentation and he spoke about his journey through his own fears. Fears of judgement, vulnerability, criticism – which are very familiar to most of us – and the tools he used to overcome them.

To get going, he urged us to be committed, to decide what we want to say and just do it. As long as we are authentic in what we are doing, we just need to find the courage and get on with it, giving ourselves permission to be human and totally ourselves.

His own challenge to himself was to give ninety talks in ninety days, the first of which took place on a London bus. People thought he was absolutely crazy, but he did it anyway. He was confronted by a “big, scary, ginger Celt” saying “People think you’re f@#*ing mad!! Don’t stop!”

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of his talk, Simon offered a 90 minute coaching session for the member with the best reason “Why I’d like a 90 minute coaching session” sent to his email – simon@simonekin.com – Thank you Simon, for a wonderfully entertaining and inspiring evening.

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Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

Sonja Frenz organised another wonderful plein air outing for us last Thursday, July the 30th. We all met up at Simon’s Restaurant, Groot Constantia – one of our very favourite plein air locations – at 9 am and spread out from there.

 

 

 

 

 

The great thing about Groot Constantia is the endless variety of possibilities, from old buildings and duckponds, to vineyards and mountains, with all sorts of trees and plant details in between….and for the energetic, there are spectacular views from the top of the hill. Something to inspire and absorb every artist, no matter what their preferences are.

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was beautiful and it was lovely to be outside enjoying it, amongst fellow artists, sketching and painting to our hearts’ content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It still feels rather strange to be all masked up, but I suppose it’s something we all just have to get used to for the foreseeable future. Despite this, everyone really enjoyed the day and produced some very pleasing work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again Sonja – all really looking forward to the next one!

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Plein Air Outing to Oude Molen

 

 

 

 

 

It was a gloriously sunny day on Friday 24 July, when ten of our members met at Oude Molen’s “Back Area Garden Deli” for a plein air painting session. It was so good to get together – carefully apart – after such a long time of isolation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a perfect setting for outdoor painting, surrounded by plenty of fresh air, loads of space and wonderful scenery, with the added interest of horses and chickens wandering about. For many of us, most inspiring was the company and the chatting in between the painting, with our diligent masks in place.

 

 

 

 

 

The deli provided us with coffee and snacks and also has a lovely supply of fresh farm produce, which we happily plundered, taking bags full home with us.

Thanks to Sonja Frenz for organising it for us. Next week the plan is to meet at Groot Constantia on Thursday morning at 9:00.

If anyone is interested in joining us, please email Sonja on – sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

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4th of March Plein Air Outing

The Montebello plein air outing was so popular, there were several requests from members to have another just like it, so Sonja Frenz organised a return visit on Wednesday 4 March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really is a beautiful setting, with so much to offer and everyone enjoyed their time drawing and painting in these lovely, peaceful surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people worked in watercolour, or did pencil sketches, but Christine used oils and created a very lovely painting. In her own words “Not only was it a great painting morning, but I also now have many helpful gardening tips and beautiful plants! Thank you Sonja for organising it all…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja plans to organise many more outings for us, usually on a Mon or Wed – occasionally on a Friday or Saturday – the next of which will be on Monday 6 April, to Maiden’s Cove. CAS members have also been invited, so we should be a nice big group.

If anyone is interested in joining the whatsapp group, so as to receive notifications regarding the plein air outings, please contact Sonja on 083 631 3476 or email: sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

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SASA AGM and Drawing Competition

On the 27th of February, the last Thursday of the month, we held our AGM in the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, it was combined with the annual drawing competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solly Gutman played his usual role as chairman for the evening, introduced by our president, Audrey Innes. Audrey gave a wonderful slide presentation, showing all the activities and events of what has been a very busy and successful year for the society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She welcomed the new SASA members and sadly, said goodbye to three of our council members – Glenda, Mary and Kate. Thanks to all three of you for your hard work and especially to Glenda, who has served on the council for the past twelve years. They were all thanked with a gift and Glenda also received honorary membership, in recognition of and gratitude for her many years of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily two more members – Peter Hobday and Nicole Reidler – have stepped up and were introduced as our new council members. (There’s still room for another, if anyone else would like to volunteer their services.)

Mike, our trusty treasurer gave a very concise, yet comprehensive run-down of the financial side of things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drawing competition was next on the agenda, and while there were fewer entries than usual, what was lacking in quantity, was more than made up for in the quality of the work – we had some very beautiful drawings from which to make our selection.

Well done to our winners – in third place, Sunita Hansen, with “Daily Bread”,

 

 

 

 

 

 

second was Penny Steynor’s “The Road Sweeper”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and in first place, Sonja Frenz with “View of Kalk Bay”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone involved for making this a very pleasant evening.

 

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Plein Air Outing to Montebello

On Wednesday 19 February, Sonja Frenz took a group of artists to the Montebello Art and Design Centre in Newlands for a wonderful plein air experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Mostly, working in watercolour, some of the group started off in the Greenhouse Nursery – an enchanting and very peaceful place to sit and sketch, while others sat in the shade of the big trees at the coffee shop. It was a very hot day, so finding a shady spot in which to work was essential.

 

 

 

 

 

The centre has a diverse selection of beautiful scenes to offer – so much to see and capture on paper – and we’ll definitely be going back there. The next visit will be on Wednesday, March the 4th

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja has, very generously, agreed to lead the plein air outings till the end of the year, so if any members  would like to join/rejoin the group, please whatsapp Sonja on 0836313476.

We can look forward to another marvelous year of painting en plein air.

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January 2020 SASA Members’ Meeting

The prize-winners from the 2019 selection weekend were invited to kick off the 2020 SASA program by giving us a demonstration of their considerable talents at the first members’ meeting for the year.

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 30 Jan, we were pleased to welcome Mariaan du Plooy, who won “Best Oil”; Sonja Frenz, who won “Best Drawing”; Val Watt, who was awarded “Best Pastel”; and Cliff Davies, for “Best Print Media”.

 

 

 

 

We were also lucky enough to have two of our SASA Fellows there on the evening – Penny Steynor did a wonderful demo with acrylic paint, using only a palette knife and Evan Douglas showed us how he executes his beautiful watercolour birds.

 

 

 

 

There were about eighty members and guests who arrived to watch and gather useful tips, so the hall was buzzing – quite daunting for those doing the demos. It was amazing to watch as the different artworks took shape – there was such a variety of media being used in such a variety of techniques, producing very different, yet uniformly beautiful finished pieces.

Thanks and well done to our “demonstrators” for keeping calm and carrying on! It was a most interesting and entertaining evening.

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January Members’ Meeting Date Correction!

Typo Alert! It was stated in the SASA newsletter and in the last post re Jan meeting that it will be held on 28 Jan. This is incorrect – as usual, our members’ meeting (2019 selection weekend prize-winners demo) will be on the last Thursday of the month, which is the 30th of January 2020. Sorry about that! 🙂

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Plein Air Outing to Simonstown

On a very blustery Friday 17 January, a small group of SASA members braved the brisk South Easter to meet at the Yacht Club in Simonstown for the first plein air outing of 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While some of us took shelter in the Yacht Club, others opted to sketch in the cafe on the square, with coffee close at hand, or walked about a bit in search of inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

The conditions were not ideal for plein air painting, but with paper and canvas firmly fastened down, we were able to produce some satisfying results and had a most enjoyable morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Natasha and Yvonne of the False Bay Yacht Club, for the warm welcome and to Johan Pieterse for arranging it for us……and of course, thanks to our members who make the effort to get there.