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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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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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SASA AGM and Drawing Competition

On the 27th of February, the last Thursday of the month, we held our AGM in the Athenaeum. As is our tradition, it was combined with the annual drawing competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solly Gutman played his usual role as chairman for the evening, introduced by our president, Audrey Innes. Audrey gave a wonderful slide presentation, showing all the activities and events of what has been a very busy and successful year for the society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She welcomed the new SASA members and sadly, said goodbye to three of our council members – Glenda, Mary and Kate. Thanks to all three of you for your hard work and especially to Glenda, who has served on the council for the past twelve years. They were all thanked with a gift and Glenda also received honorary membership, in recognition of and gratitude for her many years of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily two more members – Peter Hobday and Nicole Reidler – have stepped up and were introduced as our new council members. (There’s still room for another, if anyone else would like to volunteer their services.)

Mike, our trusty treasurer gave a very concise, yet comprehensive run-down of the financial side of things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drawing competition was next on the agenda, and while there were fewer entries than usual, what was lacking in quantity, was more than made up for in the quality of the work – we had some very beautiful drawings from which to make our selection.

Well done to our winners – in third place, Sunita Hansen, with “Daily Bread”,

 

 

 

 

 

 

second was Penny Steynor’s “The Road Sweeper”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and in first place, Sonja Frenz with “View of Kalk Bay”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone involved for making this a very pleasant evening.

 

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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.

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Plein Air Outing to Chart Farm

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!

 

 

 

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27 July SASA Winter Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our final Saturday life drawing morning for this year and a wonderful one to end off with. We had a new figure to draw – Anoeschka – who stood in for our morning’s scheduled model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Anoeschka’s first time posing for life drawing, but she did an outstanding job. She gave us graceful poses that looked like beautiful dance movements frozen in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had twenty-two enthusiastic artists, all sad that the sessions are over for the season, but very satisfied with what they’d produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so grateful to Lyn Northam for the loan of tables, stool and easels – thanks Lyn, don’t know what we’d do without you! – and to all the artists who helped us pack up afterwards.

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Winter Life Drawing

 On Saturday 20th July SASA members once again gathered early at the Scout Hall in Newlands for the penultimate Winter Life Drawing session.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there were only 17 participants, less than usual, we enjoyed a very productive session, thanks to the expertise of Desiree the model for the morning.


 

 

 

 

 

Because of her background in circus work, she managed to hold difficult poses, with twists in her torso which proved challenging, but enjoyable!


 

 

 

 

Many lovely drawings, paintings, and monoprints were produced.


 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, tea, coffee and biscuits kept us all going during the break, and we once again thank Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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13 July Life Drawing

The sun came out on Saturday 13th July, and 28 enthusiastic members arrived early at the Scout Hall in Newlands to participate in the third of the SASA Winter Life Drawing sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The model for the morning was Andrew (Andy) and  in spite of an early morning incident in the traffic on his motorcycle, he was able to clear his mind, and hold some very strong and interesting poses.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall went silent during the sessions, as members concentrated on their subject, once again using a large variety of mediums and styles to try to capture the dynamic poses.

As usual, very welcome tea, coffee, and biscuits were provided during the break, and many hands helped to clear up the hall in record time afterwards.

Thanks to the council members who were in charge, and once again, thanks to Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.