On Saturday 19 June Cliff Davies will be giving a print media workshop at the Peter Clark Art Centre in Claremont. See the latest SASA newsletter for details. If you’d still like to attend, please email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plein air painting is not for sissies! You’ll find members of the plein air group out and about whatever the weather. They’ll bundle up warmly, or put on a hat, finding shelter from the weather where they can and producing some amazing work.
This past week there were two outings – one to the harbour at Kalk Bay on Monday 17 May and one to the beach at St James on Wed 19 May, both firm favourites, with lots of choice of subject matter.
The sunny skies disguise the chill in the wind and clear blue can turn to cloudy grey in a matter of minutes, but overcast skies can produce some lovely atmospheric effects, which out artists are adept at capturing on canvas.
Every outing is enjoyable and invigorating in it’s own way. Thanks to all who take the trouble to organise the venues and to those who participate.
If you’d like to be part of the group, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she’ll add you to her list.
A group of about ten SASA members joined us on Saturday 15 May for a wonderful pastel workshop with Val Watt. Starting with the declaration “There are no rules, only options”, Val very generously shared all her experience and expertise with us, never prescriptive, but letting us find our own way, gently guiding us if we got lost.
Val first discussed the materials we’d be using – soft, medium and hard pastels; the various papers available and new textural and innovative ways of making our own supports. As she explained and demonstrated the pastels, ground and supports, we tried them out too, feeling and seeing the differences for ourselves, at times even drawing a line on our arm to test for softness and density of pigment.
Val demonstrated a seascape with two figures on the rocks. We began by drawing in the horizon line, while Val described how to check the size, proportion and placement of the figures.
Selecting our lightest, medium and darkest colours, we began to put all we’d learnt that morning into practice. Starting with a watercolour sky and using hard pastel, we drew in the rocks and sea, which we then washed with alcohol to get wonderful textures, splashes and drips.
It was lovely to see all the different interpretations of the scene, each artist bringing her own special touch. We all enjoyed the workshop tremendously and learned an enormous amount. Thank you Val for a truly inspiring day! Thanks as well to Irene for organising it – and the photos – for us and to Mary McMillan for the words. Looking forward to Val’s demo at the SASA members’ meeting next week.
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 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
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 Monday 15th March 2015 the newly amalgamated plein air group arranged an outing to the charming village of Philadelphia just 2km off the N7.
The weather was rather chilly and threatening rain, so it was not surprising that only five artists arrived, but it cleared beautifully during the morning and those brave souls who did manage to get there enjoyed sketching and painting their very picturesque surroundings.
Philadelphia’s main street is flanked by old buildings, which have been converted into restaurants and shops, while still keeping their historic charm. These quaint buildings – the old post office, church and winkel – gave us a variety of interesting choices for sketching, together with the old sheds and plants, the wider views across the fields, and even a friendly cat.
Although the Pepper Tree Restaurant is closed on Mondays, the owner very kindly let us use the facilities and to have our picnic lunch in the outside area of the restaurant.
Some beautiful work was produced and this is definitely a venue to be revisited. Thanks to all involved with the planning of the outing. If anyone else wishes to be included in the plein air group, please email Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Lowe, plein air artist extraordinaire, held a workshop on St James Beach on Wednesday the second of March. There were nine participants gathered near the tidal pool, as Beth took us through her process.
Her equipment – obviously simple as it needs to be carried with her – consists of a French easel, a golf umbrella, which she ties down with guy ropes and tent pegs and of course, her paint-box of carefully chosen colours for outdoor painting.
Beth illustrated the importance of good drawing skills, composition and choice of focal point, as she worked on her demonstration piece.
After observing her painting for a while, we set up our easels and got going on our own canvases, while Beth walked between us, assisting where necessary and solving any problems that might have arisen.
By midday it had become rather hot and a little windy, so after watching Beth complete her painting, some of us jumped into the tidal pool to cool off. A refreshing end to a marvelous morning. Thank you Beth.
Our group met at “Ons Huisie” – a nice little family restaurant on the Blouberg beachfront – on Wednesday morning, the 24th of February.
It was a beautifully sunny day, with amazing colours all around, a sparkling blue sea and a light breeze to keep us cool. We had the choice of views across the bay to Table Mountain with it’s cloth of cloud and Robben Island, or the wonderfully rocky coastline and it’s scraggy plant life.
Many lovely paintings and sketches were produced, some finished and some not quite, but a great source of inspiration and perhaps reference for the next week’s studio work.
Finished or not, all our artists had a most enjoyable morning and we’ll definitely keep this venue in mind for future outings.
Thanks Sonja for organising it all – you pick great spots! – and if anyone else would like to join us, please email Sonja at email@example.com and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.