On Monday 13 June the SASA plein air group will be meeting at the clock tower at the V & A Waterfront for a morning of painting and sketching. For more info please see the latest SASA newsletter. If you’d like to take part in plein air outings, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.
On Tuesday 17 May, eight of us got together at “Ons Huisie” on Blouberg beachfront, which is one of our favourite spots, because of its wonderful view of Table Mountain.
It was a perfect, windless Autumn day – changeable, but lovely for sketching out of doors. We started off with brilliant sunshine, which turned misty and mysterious later in the morning, giving us such lovely atmospheric effects to attempt to capture.
There are numerous benches along that stretch of beach, so we could sit and enjoy each others’ company, while painting or sketching. The tide was quite low, providing us with much inspiration in exposed rocks, sea grass and reflections on wet sand.
Most of us were using charcoal and pencils, watercolours, or pastels, so did a few quick sketches, but we’ll definitely be going back for more!
If you’d like to join the group, please contact Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org – and she’ll add your name to our whatsapp group.
On Wed 13 April the plein air group will be meeting in the “Back Garden Deli” at Oude Molen. For more info, please see the latest newsletter. If you’d like to join the plein air outings, please email Sonja Frenz on email@example.com and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.
On Monday 7 February our plein air group got together at Groot Constantia Wine Estate – one of the most favoured plein air venues – for a wonderful morning of sketching and painting.
It is a gorgeous setting, with an abundance of scenes to paint and draw, whatever your preference. There are mountains in the distance with the vineyards and trees closer by, as well as the Cape Dutch buildings and the duckpond.
Although the day was hot, there was lovely spreading shade under the old oaks, with lush lawns to settle on, so everyone was comfortable.
There was much experimentation with different media and discussion afterwards, as we gathered for coffee at the Jonkershuis restaurant at about midday.
A truly delightful way to spend a morning and of course we’ll be back to do it again. If anyone would like to join the plein air group, please email Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org – and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.
On Mon 7 Feb the plein air group will be meeting at Groot Constantia for a morning of painting and sketching. If you’d like to be a part of it all, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she’ll add you to the plein air whatsapp group. For more info, see the latest SASA newsletter.
Since the third Wednesday came too quickly this month, we had a rerun on the fourth! So on September 22, the plein air group – possibly the amalgamated version – met once again in Keurboom Park, with a few new sketchers in tow, making eight of us altogether.
This week it was really “Springy” in the park – a beautifully sunny, windless morning. There were lots of school children running about, on a nature-study outing, as well as plenty of joggers and dog-walkers, so plenty of activity and plenty to paint all around us.
Another peacefully inspiring morning was had by all. If anyone else wishes to join the plein air group, please email Sonja Frenz and she’ll add you on whatsap – firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 15 September a group of SASA plein air enthusiasts met at Keurboom Park in Rondebosch, for a morning’s painting and sketching.
The weather wasn’t exactly warm, but there was a definite feel of Spring in the air, with trees budding all around us and flowers dotted around in the long grass. The park was full of dog-walkers, mums and their little ones and nannies with their charges, enjoying the lovely fresh air.
We had a really good day, surrounded as we were by trees, lush greenery and rivers spanned by bridges, with our beautiful mountain in the background, giving us all beautiful choices of subject matter and composition.
In fact, everyone enjoyed the setting so much that we’ll be back there again next week – Wednesday the 22nd of September – and perhaps more of our members would like to join us? If you’d like to be a part of the plein air group, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.
We’ll be meeting at the Muizenberg station on Wed 18 August for the monthly SASA plein air outing. For more info, please see the latest newsletter. If you’d like to join the group, please email Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Plein air painting is not for sissies! You’ll find members of the plein air group out and about whatever the weather. They’ll bundle up warmly, or put on a hat, finding shelter from the weather where they can and producing some amazing work.
This past week there were two outings – one to the harbour at Kalk Bay on Monday 17 May and one to the beach at St James on Wed 19 May, both firm favourites, with lots of choice of subject matter.
The sunny skies disguise the chill in the wind and clear blue can turn to cloudy grey in a matter of minutes, but overcast skies can produce some lovely atmospheric effects, which out artists are adept at capturing on canvas.
Every outing is enjoyable and invigorating in it’s own way. Thanks to all who take the trouble to organise the venues and to those who participate.
If you’d like to be part of the group, please email Sonja Frenz – email@example.com – and she’ll add you to her list.
On Wednesday 21 April we’ll be meeting for a plein air outing at St James Beach. For more information, please see the April SASA newsletter. Email Sonja Frenz – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you’d like to join the group.