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Colour Mixing Workshop with Johanneke Strydom

On 14 May, Johanneke Strydom hosted the second of the SASA Winter Workshop series, at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Johanneke, who  typically paints landscapes and seascapes, in fresh, vibrant colours, showed us how to mix colours from a limited palette, using as a starting point, the wonderful subtleties of hue and shade found in water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using only the primary colours, we were asked to create a colour wheel, allowing us to really understand the composition of each colour and the nuances one can create with slight additions, or subtractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next task was a “Notan” – a layout of the dark and light areas – of our reference photograph. This was to show us the balance of contrasting areas, which we should strive for when adding colour. Then we moved on to the actual colours we’d be using to create our final pieces for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johanneke lives in the lovely countryside near Wolseley, and prefers plein air painting, spending time daily in fields and beaches. She stresses the need to figure out the real colours of nature, using logic, as well as our artist’s eye to get them right.

Thank you Johanneke, for a lovely, fun-filled morning and for inspiring us to get out there and paint en plein air.

 

 

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Acrylics Workshop With Lynne Menge

On 7 May 2022 Lynne Menge conducted a workshop at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands. The topic for the day was “painting a large format seascape in acrylics.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynne is known for – among other subject matter – her large seascapes, which she fills with colour, texture and movement. During the course of the day, we were shown how to create those interesting, varied textures, using smooth and rough media, applied with a palette knife, to create crashing waves and craggy rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the textured under layers were left to dry, Lynne took us through the colour mixing process, showing us how she gets the many vibrant shades of blue used in her seascapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tattered old paint-brushes, tooth-brushes and even baby-wipes are among the implements in the arsenal of tools she uses for applying texture and colour to a canvas, to achieve that very realistic sense of motion in her waves.

We all walked away with a whole lot of ideas and techniques to put into practice. Thank you Lynne, for a most enjoyable and inspiring day….and thanks, Irene for organising it for us.

 

 

 

 

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SASA June Members’ Monthly Meeting

On Thursday 30 June we’ll be having a “Three Artist Paint-Out” for our members’ meeting. See Lyn Northam, Beth Lowe and Sue Paulsen painting a still-life alla prima at the Athenaeum. A great opportunity for us all to pick up some tips and ask some questions. For more info, please see the latest SASA newsletter.

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Kim Black – Finding your Voice

Our May members’ meeting was held on Thursday 26th, at the Athenaeum and we were privileged to have Kommetjie artist, Kim Black, chatting to us about “Finding Your Voice in Art”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim paints large canvases, with – amongst other subject matter – loose and lovely, brightly coloured flowers and she spoke to us about her process – how she went about finding her own “voice”. She stressed the importance of not comparing yourself to others and to just keep going, no matter how challenging it may be, or how vulnerable you might feel. Kim quoted the words of Picasso “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim has a plan of five basic steps/rules, which form her pathway to getting where she needs to be with her work and she laid them out for us to help find our own way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Pay Attention – to things like the materials you are using and the observations made by your viewers.

• Visual vocabulary – What is it you are trying to say? Which subject matter do you prefer? She referenced books like “Drawing on the artist within”, “Drawing on the right side of the brain” and “The Artist’s Way”

• Do it Afraid – don’t be brave, just do it scared! When we feel vulnerable, our most authentic self comes out.

• The power of connection – exposing your vulnerability makes you more accessible to more people.

• Comparison is the thief of joy – Don’t compare yourself to others. Our work is unique to us and should always be so.

Thanks Kim, for an evening both entertaining and thought provoking.

 
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SASA April Members’ Meeting

Cliff Davies was our guest for the evening on Thursday 28 April at our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. He gave us an extremely interesting demonstration of the art of “eco-printing”. The effects he achieves and how he goes about the whole process was quite fascinating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff starts by collecting a variety of pieces of foliage, flowers, seeds, grasses, .etc – in fact any interesting plant material he can lay his hands on. He then places these between heavy sheets of watercolour paper, which he piles about twenty deep, then presses together between two pieces of board, tied tightly together with cable ties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bundle is then submerged in water – preferably pond, not tap, to encourage the growth of algae and other microorganisms – where it stays for about a week. Cliff adds bits of iron, lead and other metals, to help create different effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once in the water the whole process is out of his control and the end results are only revealed once the parcel is unwrapped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wonderful process, full of “happy accidents”, as we were shown when he unwrapped a batch he’d prepared the week before.

A truly captivating evening, full of exciting new ideas to play with and explore. Thank you Cliff.

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Eco Printing Demo With Cliff Davies

The SASA Members’ Meeting for April 2022 will be held on Thursday 28 April at the Athenaeum. Our special guest for the evening will be Cliff Davies – a past winner in our “Print Media” category – who will be showing us how he does his unique mono prints with natural objects, such as leaves and flower heads. A great new technique to discover and get creative with – an opportunity not to be missed!

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SASA January Members’ Meeting and Demo

We kicked off this year’s SASA calendar on Thursday 27 January, with our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. This, the first meeting of 2022, was well attended in socially distanced numbers and everyone present found the evening totally inspiring – the only thing lacking was a few more hours!

 

Set up and well spaced around the hall, were six of our “best of” prize-winners from last year’s annual selection day giving us a live demonstration.

Laura Wenmann – best oil – showed us how she produces her beautiful portraits, using a blank canvas and a photograph as her starting point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Day – best acrylic – demonstrated the attention to detail necessary for reproducing his hyper-realistic landscapes, focusing for the evening, on tiny finishing touches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Quinlan – best watercolour – peacefully went through the process of creating one of her exquisite paintings, using her particular gift of perfect colour choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val Watt – best pastel – took us through her superb pastel techniques, sharing her secrets and skills with us and answering our many queries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deirdre Harris – best mixed media – showed us how she builds up the beautifully integrated layers of shapes and colour for her mixed media pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja Frenz – our new fellow – did a lovely monochromatic landscape in a range of charcoals, starting with smudgy dust, all the way to sharply drawn black lines and white lines created with different erasers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was fascinating to watch how the various projects came together through the course of the evening and to be able to talk to the artists, getting replies to questions we’ve needed to ask. Although the time allowed was not enough to complete a piece, we got a very good idea of how each would turn out. Beautifully!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our “demonstrators” for your time, trouble and expertise. Thanks as well to all the members who joined us for the evening…..and of course, to Avril for the lovely refreshments.

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Prize-winners Demo

Our first members’ meeting will be held on Jan 27 at the Athenaeum at 7:00pm. Our winners from last year’s Annual will be demonstrating their skills.

Laura Wenman (Oils)
Jeremy Day (Acrylic)
Lucy Cobern (Drawing)
Pam Quinlan (Watercolour and new Fellow)
Val Watt (Pastel)
Deirdre Harris (Mixed Media)
Di Burger (Sculpture)
Sonja Frenz (our new Fellow)

To avoid congestion, the demos will be spaced out in the main hall, the drawing room and – weather permitting – outside. An evening not to be missed!

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SASA Natalie Hirschman Demo

Hopefully our September members’ meeting will be held at the Athenaeum, but for our 26 August meeting we were still on Zoom.

Liz Pearson opened the meeting by welcoming new members and reminding us of the latest change in dates for selection weekend – if you’re in any doubt, please email Nicole, the SASA secretary – secretary@sasa-artists.co.za . Liz also told us how very well the current Members 2 exhibition is doing at Kirstenbosch – very uplifting news, after the long months of slow sales – and then introduced Natalie Hirschman, our guest for the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie did a live demo for us, her first attempt at doing a portrait demo before a live audience, as she generally takes a lot longer than the time we had to complete a portrait. Actually, most of us would’ve been happy to watch her paint all night! It was truly amazing to see how she “builds” her portraits. We were shown stages of some of her others, from nearly beginning to completed work, so we could see where she was heading.

After showing us her selection of colours on her big glass palette, Natalie started on the background, with really big brushes, putting down shapes, rather than drawing lines and then added the basic face shapes. To her the background and face are integral to each other and need to be painted as such, rather than separately.

She likes to give her work a sense of movement and mystery with her brushwork, marks and undefined edges, constantly changing brushes, mixing colours, cooling and warming, lightening and darkening, adding and removing as she goes.

She paints “around the features” rather than the features themselves with brushstrokes rather than line and letting the features flow into each other. Natalie prefers to paint wet into wet paint, so nothing is static, putting down the basic structure of the face in one go and working out the details later.

Thank you Natalie for a totally absorbing evening. We’re waiting in breathless anticipation to see how the portrait eventually turned out, although, I think we all agree, it was rather beautiful just as you left it.