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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Johan Pieterse, our plein air coordinator, has invited us to join him on an “unofficial” outing to Betty’s Bay on 24 – 25 November. For more info, email Johan at email@example.com.
On Saturday the 19th October, at the Peter Clark Art Centre, Di Ackerman presented us with her lino cut workshop – the last of this year’s SASA Winter Workshops .
Twelve eager artists arrived to “have fun” as Di often said, and what fun we all had. Di was very generous with her tips and tricks for cutting the lino just right, so we learned a lot at the same time. Some participants chose simple drawings but some were extremely intricate and detailed – those were the ones who had done this before!
Everyone had a lovely day and walked away with four beautiful prints of their own work. A huge thank you to Peter – Di’s hubby – who did all the inking, we could not have done it with out him. It was suggested a beer was in order when he got home, but he said he’d settle for a shoulder and neck rub.
Thanks as well, to Irene Oxley, for organising it all!
On Friday the 18th of October, Johan Pieterse arranged an outing to the beautiful Chart Farm – one of SASA members’ favourite venues for plein air painting. Although we were few in number, we had a lovely time.
It was a perfect Cape Town spring day – windless and warm, without being too hot – and the peaceful environment inspired the beginnings of some wonderful work – sorry, no pics of work to show, as none were completed. We drew our inspiration from the amazing views, as well as the close-up details and the glorious scent of roses that surrounded us was an added bonus.
It was a first time outdoor painting experience for some of us, but we share our knowledge and learn from each other all the time and come back for more the next time around.
Thank you Johan. We’re looking forward to the next plein air treat!
On Friday 27 September five of our artists had a fabulously creative morning at Fishoek Beach. We all spread out along the stretch of sand and had a wonderful time painting amidst the local dog walkers and holiday makers, who carefully stepped around us.
The weather was warm and perfect with just a bit of cloud in the sky, adding interest and texture – great for painting – while the sea showed off for us, displaying an amazing assortment of peacock colours, ranging from Indigo to turquoise.
We rounded off the session with Ice cream from the famous beach coffee shop. A very satisfying outing, inspiring some beautiful work and most enjoyed by all who were there.
Thanks to Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.
Our final workshop for this season – a lino-cut workshop, given by SASA Fellow, Di Ackerman – will be held on 19 October at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands. For more information and booking, please email Liz Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Renowned South African artist, Derric Van Rensburg, will be giving one of his very popular acrylic painting workshops on 21 September at the Newlands Scout Hall. For more information, email Liz Pearson at email@example.com
The first of this year’s Winter Workshops will be an oil landscape workshop with Eastern Cape artist, Tony Durrheim. Back by popular request, he has agreed to do a landscape workshop on 8 June.
The workshop will be held at the Scout Hall, 2 Greenford Road, next to Forries in Newlands.
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org