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March/April Plein Air Outings

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she will add you to the whatsapp group

 

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SASA Members’ 1 2021

On Wednesday 7 April we arrived at Kirstenbosch on a lovely warm and sunny morning, for the hanging of our first Members’ exhibition for 2021.

The whole process went very well and without mishaps, from the receiving and processing of the artworks, to the actual hanging of the paintings. It felt as if everyone had come out of “hibernation” and we had a bumper crop of fresh work to put on display.

 

 

 

 

We had some new members helping us as well, which was wonderful to see, and older members who hadn’t hung an exhibition with us before. Each one had many different tasks to perform and “changed hats” often to compensate for the small number of helpers at hand. Great team-work guys.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone mucked in to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible and by mid-afternoon we had a beautiful show to present to our fans.

It still feels strange to have an exhibition without the festivities of an opening event, but at least we’re out  there, in the flesh and ready for browsers and buyers to come and pay us a visit. The exhibition will run till Sunday the 18th of April. Here’s hoping for great sales.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all those who came along to help, it is much appreciated, and to those who couldn’t make it, see you at the next one!

 

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SASA March Members’ Meeting – Celeste Barnard Talks About Paper

On Thursday 25 March we had yet another members’ monthly meeting via zoom. Audrey Innes, our outgoing SASA president, handed over the reins to Liz Pearson, who will be taking on the role. Liz began by welcoming new members to the society and especially our new council member, Val Watt (Yay Val!!).

If anyone else would be willing to serve on the council, there are a couple more empty places. The society cannot be run without it, so please consider stepping up and giving a little of your time.

 

 

 

 

 

The main attraction of the evening was Celeste Barnard, from Kuhne Conservation Studio, who gave a talk on paper and paper conservation.

 

 

 

 

Celeste began by telling us a little about the chemical structure of paper and the different natural materials used in the making of paper. It was interesting to learn how the different fibres, found in different plant sources and even parts of the same plant, have such an effect on the type and quality of the paper produced, thereby explaining its suitability for different applications.

 

 

 

 

We also learnt about the additives used in paper-making and the reasons water has such an impact on the paper itself, as well as the artwork on the surface of the paper. Water plays a large part in the paper-making process, so when too much is added at a later stage the paper reverts to it’s original pulpy state, whereas if the paper dries out too much, it becomes brittle and crumbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way a piece of paper reacts to water can also tell us a lot about how the paper was made, if by hand, or machine.

 

 

 

 

The conservation and restoration of paper is a very complex subject, into which Celeste gave us a little insight, stressing the importance of acid free materials when painting or framing, as well as the correct storage conditions. She also gave us tips on the prevention of potential risks.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Celeste for a hugely informative evening and for answering all our questions. For anyone who missed it, the complete presentation will be available from SASA.

 

 

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Chapman’s Peak Plein Air Outing

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 sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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March Monthly Members’ Meeting

On Thursday 25 March, Celeste Barnard will be giving a talk on paper restoration and conservation. With level 1 lockdown rules in place, we were supposed to be having the meeting at the Athenaeum, but since the air conditioning in the main hall is not working, we’ll be reverting to Zoom!

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Plein Air Outing to Philadelphia

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com