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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Friday 22 Feb was a glorious late Summer day, perfect for the SASA outing to Groot Constantia Wine Estate and we had eight artists joining us for some plein air painting.
Because of the beauty of the surroundings and diversity of subject matter – from historic buildings and duckponds to ancient oak trees and vineyards – Groot Constantia is a favourite amongst our members.
We spent the morning wandering and working and met at one of the restaurants for refreshments at midday, where we showed each other what we’d accomplished and exchanged ideas, ensuring we all left with a little more knowledge gained and a few extra tips.
Huge thanks must go to Karen – PRO of the Estate – for always welcoming us so warmly and for the generous gift of wine tasting vouchers for all participating artists.
Thanks as well to Johan Pieterse for organising the outing for us.
On Friday 18 January, we had a very different Kommetjie plein air encounter! The long – usually white, sunlit – beach was shrouded in cloud and the iconic lighthouse was very well camouflaged in that cloudy background.
The day started off overcast, with sunny patches and was surprisingly chilly for this time of year, yet still a few brave souls came out to do some painting.
It turned into quite an adventure, ending with the intrepid few painting in the rain. Far from feeling disheartened, our artists found the experience quite invigorating and some exciting works were produced.
Thank you, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us and thanks Kommetjie – we’ll be back!
For the first plein air outing of 2019, Johan Pieterse has organised an excursion to the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse in Kommetjie. We meet at the Kommetjie beach at 9:00am on Friday 18 January. For more information, please see the latest SASA newsletter.
We had a very successful plein air outing to Chart Farm – a favourite venue amongst our members and also the CAS members who were invited to join us – on Friday 30 November. It was a beautifully sunny day and everyone came armed with big hats and sunscreen.
Magnificent views surrounded us, from vineyards and mountains to interesting architecture and close-ups of roses. We spread out under the shade of the trees and all through the rose gardens, where the scented blooms added another sensory dimension.
Everyone had wonderful subject-matter choices to make and some just sat for a while, taking it all in before they began.
At lunchtime, we were welcomed at the coffee shop and then there were cut flowers to be bought and the farm stall to be visited.
The day was enjoyed by all and this group of happy artists will definitely be back for more. Thanks, Johan Pieterse, for organising it for us.