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SASA January Members’ Meeting and Demo

We kicked off this year’s SASA calendar on Thursday 27 January, with our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. This, the first meeting of 2022, was well attended in socially distanced numbers and everyone present found the evening totally inspiring – the only thing lacking was a few more hours!


Set up and well spaced around the hall, were six of our “best of” prize-winners from last year’s annual selection day giving us a live demonstration.

Laura Wenmann – best oil – showed us how she produces her beautiful portraits, using a blank canvas and a photograph as her starting point.









Jeremy Day – best acrylic – demonstrated the attention to detail necessary for reproducing his hyper-realistic landscapes, focusing for the evening, on tiny finishing touches.








Pam Quinlan – best watercolour – peacefully went through the process of creating one of her exquisite paintings, using her particular gift of perfect colour choice.








Val Watt – best pastel – took us through her superb pastel techniques, sharing her secrets and skills with us and answering our many queries.







Deirdre Harris – best mixed media – showed us how she builds up the beautifully integrated layers of shapes and colour for her mixed media pieces.









Sonja Frenz – our new fellow – did a lovely monochromatic landscape in a range of charcoals, starting with smudgy dust, all the way to sharply drawn black lines and white lines created with different erasers.









It was fascinating to watch how the various projects came together through the course of the evening and to be able to talk to the artists, getting replies to questions we’ve needed to ask. Although the time allowed was not enough to complete a piece, we got a very good idea of how each would turn out. Beautifully!








Thank you to our “demonstrators” for your time, trouble and expertise. Thanks as well to all the members who joined us for the evening…..and of course, to Avril for the lovely refreshments.

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September 2021 SASA Members’ Meeting

We were back in the Athenaeum for our Thursday, 30 September Members’ meeting and it was good to have everyone there in person again, though we were all weirdly “spaced out” and adhering to covid protocols.

Our guest for the evening was SASA Senior Fellow, Jeremy Day, who gave an illustrated talk about his work, entitled “Thinking and creating inside and outside the box”.







Jeremy started out in graphic design and later studied Fine Art at the Ruth Prowse Art School, under Erik Laubscher. He works in acrylics, which lends itself to creating fine details….besides, as he says, he doesn’t have the patience to wait for paint to dry! He uses Nathaniel Kleitman’s work cycle – 90 minutes work and a 20 minute rest – which he believes increases productivity and keeps the work fresh, and leaves himself a “cliff-hanger” at the end of each 90 minute session, so he’s excited to get back to work after his break!

Jeremy told us how he creates his image, manipulating with photoshop, printing out on A4 sections and transferring it to the canvas from there. He doesn’t use a palette, but mixes batches of colour and keeps each in a plastic container with a lid, to stop the paint from drying out and to ensure he has the exact same colour if a touch-up is needed.










He works from background to foreground, adding details as he goes, with his own little touches of humour – for the “spark trail” of the crayola dynamite painting he’d brought with him, Jeremy stuck on all sorts of bits and pieces of paint scraps he’d collected over the years….and because the canvas edge is so deep, he painted and extra stick of crayon dynamite on either side.

Thanks Jeremy for giving us of your time and expertise…..and thanks to our members for getting there. See you again next month!