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Colour Mixing Workshop with Johanneke Strydom

On 14 May, Johanneke Strydom hosted the second of the SASA Winter Workshop series, at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Johanneke, who  typically paints landscapes and seascapes, in fresh, vibrant colours, showed us how to mix colours from a limited palette, using as a starting point, the wonderful subtleties of hue and shade found in water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using only the primary colours, we were asked to create a colour wheel, allowing us to really understand the composition of each colour and the nuances one can create with slight additions, or subtractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next task was a “Notan” – a layout of the dark and light areas – of our reference photograph. This was to show us the balance of contrasting areas, which we should strive for when adding colour. Then we moved on to the actual colours we’d be using to create our final pieces for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johanneke lives in the lovely countryside near Wolseley, and prefers plein air painting, spending time daily in fields and beaches. She stresses the need to figure out the real colours of nature, using logic, as well as our artist’s eye to get them right.

Thank you Johanneke, for a lovely, fun-filled morning and for inspiring us to get out there and paint en plein air.

 

 

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13 June SASA Plein Air Outing

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.

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Plein Air Outing to Blouberg Beach

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add your name to our whatsapp group.

 

 

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April SASA Plein Air Outing

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 sonjafrenz@gmail.com and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.

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Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.

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Mon 7 Feb Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add you to the plein air whatsapp group. For more info, see the latest SASA newsletter.

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Plein Air Outing to “Soil For Life”

On Wednesday morning the 20th of October, members of the SASA plein air group gathered to paint in the beautiful natural gardens of SOIL FOR LIFE, in Constantia.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

We set ourselves up under some shady trees, peacefully sketching and writing, trying to capture the tranquility of our surroundings on canvas and on paper. Some painted in watercolours and others in oil, while some simply sat quietly enjoying the ambience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentle pace of the workers made us aware of how rushed our lives can be, in such a hurry to get things done that we don’t appreciate what is around us. We were able to buy freshly picked veggies to take home for supper and some seedlings, from which to grow our own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were all so reluctant to leave this place that had so much to offer, we decided to return another time to continue what we’d started. Thank you Sonja Frenz, for organising the day out and for your words. If anyone else would like to join the plein air outings, please email Sonja – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.

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Keurboom Park Plein Air Take Two

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Plein Air Outing to Keurboom Park

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.

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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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.