On Thursday 30 June we’ll be having a “Three Artist Paint-Out” for our members’ meeting. See Lyn Northam, Beth Lowe and Sue Paulsen painting a still-life alla prima at the Athenaeum. A great opportunity for us all to pick up some tips and ask some questions. For more info, please see the latest SASA newsletter.
Our May members’ meeting was held on Thursday 26th, at the Athenaeum and we were privileged to have Kommetjie artist, Kim Black, chatting to us about “Finding Your Voice in Art”.
Kim paints large canvases, with – amongst other subject matter – loose and lovely, brightly coloured flowers and she spoke to us about her process – how she went about finding her own “voice”. She stressed the importance of not comparing yourself to others and to just keep going, no matter how challenging it may be, or how vulnerable you might feel. Kim quoted the words of Picasso “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.
Kim has a plan of five basic steps/rules, which form her pathway to getting where she needs to be with her work and she laid them out for us to help find our own way.
• Pay Attention – to things like the materials you are using and the observations made by your viewers.
• Visual vocabulary – What is it you are trying to say? Which subject matter do you prefer? She referenced books like “Drawing on the artist within”, “Drawing on the right side of the brain” and “The Artist’s Way”
• Do it Afraid – don’t be brave, just do it scared! When we feel vulnerable, our most authentic self comes out.
• The power of connection – exposing your vulnerability makes you more accessible to more people.
• Comparison is the thief of joy – Don’t compare yourself to others. Our work is unique to us and should always be so.
Thanks Kim, for an evening both entertaining and thought provoking.
On 26 May, the last Thursday of the month, our guest for the evening will be Kim Black, who will be giving us a talk on “Finding your voice in art”. For more info please see the latest SASA newsletter. We’re looking forward to an interesting and enlightening evening.
Cliff Davies was our guest for the evening on Thursday 28 April at our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. He gave us an extremely interesting demonstration of the art of “eco-printing”. The effects he achieves and how he goes about the whole process was quite fascinating.
Cliff starts by collecting a variety of pieces of foliage, flowers, seeds, grasses, .etc – in fact any interesting plant material he can lay his hands on. He then places these between heavy sheets of watercolour paper, which he piles about twenty deep, then presses together between two pieces of board, tied tightly together with cable ties.
This bundle is then submerged in water – preferably pond, not tap, to encourage the growth of algae and other microorganisms – where it stays for about a week. Cliff adds bits of iron, lead and other metals, to help create different effects.
Once in the water the whole process is out of his control and the end results are only revealed once the parcel is unwrapped.
A wonderful process, full of “happy accidents”, as we were shown when he unwrapped a batch he’d prepared the week before.
A truly captivating evening, full of exciting new ideas to play with and explore. Thank you Cliff.
The SASA Members’ Meeting for April 2022 will be held on Thursday 28 April at the Athenaeum. Our special guest for the evening will be Cliff Davies – a past winner in our “Print Media” category – who will be showing us how he does his unique mono prints with natural objects, such as leaves and flower heads. A great new technique to discover and get creative with – an opportunity not to be missed!
We held our March members’ meeting on 31 March in the Athenaeum and were extremely privileged to have Richard Scott as our guest for the evening.
Wow! Where do we start? A “53 year old cool guy”, humble and totally approachable, Richard Scott retired at 33 – having planned to do so at 35 – to follow his passion.
The following excerpt comes from Richard’s website – www.richardscott.com
“I have always had a passion to create, now I had found how I could marry my hatred of conditioning with my
love of art. Art was my answer. This was a great day. An even greater day when I dropped off five paintings
at Hout Bay Gallery and the owner, John Hargitai, agreed to hang my paintings in his gallery.
John’s partner Marika bought my first painting, right there and then, for R300. The other four were sold in
the same week. Seven more sold in the following three weeks, and 112 in the next 10 months. Two years
later, sales topped 500. In the beginning, I remember looking at the art in Hout Bay Gallery wishing I could
hang there. Now I read ArtReview and wish I could hang there.”
He now lives and loves his life with structure and discipline. He has a plan! Every day he checks his check list. Family first – and both his son and daughter as well as a niece are employed by him. Only after he’s checked on his family will he get down to work, which is not a regular 9-5 style. Richard doesn’t paint at all these days, but deals in prints only. His “signature block” he developed to make life easy for his seven assistants – his apprentices, like the Old Masters – to “sign” his works (btwn 2005-2011).
He stopped painting in 2011 due to personal tragedy and took “a year off” before getting back to business and working with prints only. His ambition, ultimately, is to create an Art Foundation – it’s on that plan and no doubt it’ll be achieved.
At the end of his talk, when it came time for questions – I think everyone was a bit shell shocked! It was pretty mind boggling just listening to all his achievements and the speed at which they happened. The man is a marketing machine – and marketing is what it’s all about! It was an amazing evening getting a glimpse into his world.
Thank you Richard for an eye-opening evening!
At our members’ meeting on Thursday 24 February, we had both the AGM and the drawing competition, with the newly-added sketchbook section.
The formalities came first, with Solly Gutman – thanks Solly – doing his usual well-practiced job in the chair. Liz Pearson kicked off the meeting with her slide-presentation of the President’s Report. It was quite amazing to see what SASA achieved during this past year, considering that we were dealing with a whole batch of new problems with COVID still very much in the picture. An in depth financial report was delivered by SASA’s very competent treasurer, Mike Forrester.
We had to say goodbye to three of our council members, as Adrian Larkin, Julie Ann Lock and Chris Reabow all stepped down – thank you for all you did while on council – but luckily Adrian will still be involved with the running of Art in the Park. We have three new council members stepping in to take their places – Sonja Frenz, Lynne Menge and Cliff Davies – welcome you three. We do still have room on the council for two more, so please think about volunteering, as we can’t run the society without a council!
The hall was quite full – social-distancing style – so thank you to all members who came. The AGM obviously needs a quorum to take place at all. For the drawing competition, what was lacking in quantity was made up in quality and we had some very beautiful drawings to choose from and vote for.
The winners for the evening were: First place, Sonja Frenz, with “Feeding Frenzy”, second was Liz Pearson, with “The Rope” and in third place was Marina Herbst with “Treasure on its Way”.
The sketch-book section of the competition was won by Lyn Northam. Well done to our winners and a very big Thank You to Deckle Edge for the very generous donation of the prizes.
Thanks to all our council members for all the work you do for our society, it is most appreciated….especially Avril’s delicious catering!
On Thursday 24 March, well known South African Artist Richard Scott has agreed to come and give us a talk. Keep an eye out for more details in next month’s newsletter.
Don’t miss the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 24 Feb at the Athenaeum. We’ll be holding our AGM, as well as the drawing competition – the theme this year is “Coastal Treasures” – so get drawing to enter! See the latest SASA newsletter for details.
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.