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Plein Air Outing to Maiden’s Cove

The most recent plein air outing organised for us by Sonja Frenz, took place on Saturday 19 September. There were eight of us all together, who met up at Maiden’s Cove, Camps Bay, on the most beautiful Spring morning.

 

 

 

 

 

It was sunny and windless, though not too hot – a perfect day for sitting around and sketching the magnificent vistas surrounding us. From our hillside viewpoint, we looked over the bay, with the Twelve Apostles dominating the view on one side and the ocean, the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rock formations gave interesting close-up details to paint in their craggy shadows, as did the lone little windswept tree. We sat under our colourful umbrellas, with the sun at our backs and enjoyed a few hours of peaceful sketching.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Sonja, for arranging it for us. If anyone else would like to join one of our plein air outings, please email Sonja – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add you to our whatsapp group.

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Plein Air Outing to Darling

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 20 August was a bit of a soggy day, but the cold and rainy weather didn’t stop our intrepid bunch and the Plein Air outing to Cloof Wine Estate in Darling took place as planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a longer drive than usual for our artists, but so good to get out there to enjoy a change of scenery. The weather added an extra challenge, lending a pleasing sense of camaraderie and the whole trip was great fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists, wrapped up warmly, did their sketching or painting from the shelter of the farmhouse veranda and at lunchtime enjoyed a light meal at the Marmalade Cat Cafe.

 

 

 

 

Thanks once more to Sonja Frenz, for organising it for us….and perhaps we can even take another day out to that part of the world when the weather stabilises? If anyone wants to join the plein air group, please email Sonja on sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Impromptu Plein Air Outing

Due to an unexpectedly beautiful midwinter’s day, the plein air group gathered for a spontaneous day of outdoor painting. We met, once again, at the Back Area Garden Deli at Oude Molen, with its wonderful views and friendly chickens.

With the sun shining brilliantly above us and fellow artists – dutifully socially distanced – by our sides, despite the masks, it almost felt as if the world was back to normal again. We had superb coffee and lovely conversation to sustain us while painting or sketching and the Deli’s fresh produce to take home with us.

At the end of the day everyone went home happy, with a whole lot of inspiration in their sketchbooks and bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Sonja for another great outing. These impromptu days are totally weather dependent and Sonja will notify artists on the group whatsapp, so if you want to get involved, please email Sonja on: sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

The next “official” plein air outing will be on 20 August to a farm near Darling. For more info, please see the latest SASA newsletter, or email Sonja Frenz.

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Plein Air Outing to Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Because of the lovely sunny days we’ve been having, Sonja Frenz has been organising impromptu plein air outings for us. The next will be on Thursday, 20 August. We’ll be going to the Cloof Wine Estate, off the R315 near Darling and looking forward to wonderful weather and spectacular views. If you’d like to join us, please email Sonja at sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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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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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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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.