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 email@example.com
On Wed 31 March we will be – due to popular demand – once again be having our plein air outing on Blaauwberg Beach. See Newsletter for details or email Sonja Frenz at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know if you’ll be joining the group.
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 – email@example.com
Beth Lowe, plein air artist extraordinaire, held a workshop on St James Beach on Wednesday the second of March. There were nine participants gathered near the tidal pool, as Beth took us through her process.
Her equipment – obviously simple as it needs to be carried with her – consists of a French easel, a golf umbrella, which she ties down with guy ropes and tent pegs and of course, her paint-box of carefully chosen colours for outdoor painting.
Beth illustrated the importance of good drawing skills, composition and choice of focal point, as she worked on her demonstration piece.
After observing her painting for a while, we set up our easels and got going on our own canvases, while Beth walked between us, assisting where necessary and solving any problems that might have arisen.
By midday it had become rather hot and a little windy, so after watching Beth complete her painting, some of us jumped into the tidal pool to cool off. A refreshing end to a marvelous morning. Thank you Beth.
Our group met at “Ons Huisie” – a nice little family restaurant on the Blouberg beachfront – on Wednesday morning, the 24th of February.
It was a beautifully sunny day, with amazing colours all around, a sparkling blue sea and a light breeze to keep us cool. We had the choice of views across the bay to Table Mountain with it’s cloth of cloud and Robben Island, or the wonderfully rocky coastline and it’s scraggy plant life.
Many lovely paintings and sketches were produced, some finished and some not quite, but a great source of inspiration and perhaps reference for the next week’s studio work.
Finished or not, all our artists had a most enjoyable morning and we’ll definitely keep this venue in mind for future outings.
Thanks Sonja for organising it all – you pick great spots! – and if anyone else would like to join us, please email Sonja at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.
On Wednesday 24 Feb we’ll be meeting at “Ons Huisie” on the Blaauwberg beachfront for a morning of plein air painting and sketching. Please see the latest SASA newsletter for details, or email Sonja Frenz at email@example.com if you’d like to join the group.
We had our first – hopefully of many – plein air outing for the year, once again organised by Sonja Frenz.
It was wonderful to get together again and the Montebello art centre is one of our favourite places to meet, with its interesting and varied choice of subject matter and its many places to settle oneself.
The atmosphere is conducive to creativity, with the busy studios all around and we had the added bonus of a group of youngsters playing marimbas for background music.
It was a warm and wind-free day and very peaceful in the shade of the Greenhouse Nursery garden, where most of us chose to sit. Thanks Sonja, for a lovely start to our plein air calendar.
Once again, if anyone wants to be a part of the plein air group, please email Sonja – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chart Farm in Newlands is one of our favourite plein air venues and we gathered there again this last Monday, the 16th of November. The weather was lovely and the roses were spectacular.
Some of us found a shady spot and painted the pretty cottage visible over the tops of the rose bushes, while others got up close to the gorgeous roses and yet others concentrated on the beautiful mountain vistas around us.
It was quite busy for a Monday morning, so the cafe was bustling at lunch time, but we were able to have a well-spaced coffee and catch-up after painting and sketching all morning. We had a wonderful time out in the fresh air, surrounded by so much loveliness and the heady scent of hundreds of roses in full bloom.
Thanks Sonja Frenz, for yet another very happy plein air outing. If anyone else would like to join the group, please email Sonja on email@example.com
We had perfect weather for our outing to Greenpoint Urban Park last Wednesday, the 21st of October. It was a cool, but sunny, windless day. The park is such a peaceful place to sit and sketch, like a little oasis in the middle of the city.
There were so many birds about, including masses of waterfowl, providing wonderful background music to add to the ambience, making us forget that there was traffic just a couple of hundred metres away.
The blooming waterlilies and their many-hued leaves made very interesting combinations and juxtapositions of colour to paint, making us rethink our preconceived ideas of what lily-pads should look like!
There wasn’t a huge amount of shade to sit in, but that didn’t bother us – we brought our own, in the form of “Versa-Brellas”, very useful equipment for plein air painting, as they clip onto your easel, or chair, providing shade wherever you need it.
Thank you Sonja, for yet another lovely plein air outing. If anyone would like to join future outings, please email Sonja Frenz and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com – and she’ll add you to our whatsapp group.