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Plein Air Outing to Chart Farm

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 sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

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October Zoom Meeting With Yvonne Ankerman

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the 30th of October we held our SASA members’ meeting via Zoom again, with Yvonne Ankerman as our special guest for the evening, speaking about the use of sketchbooks and her travels to exotic lands.

As Yvonne said, you can sketch anywhere, anytime. Anything around the house, or garden may become the subject for a page or two and these little drawings, or paintings don’t have to be perfect – they’re just for you. The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne is never without her “sketching pouch” – which she unpacked for us. It goes everywhere with her, whether when traveling to far-off places, or just going for a walk. Her pouch contains a small journal, or zig-zag watercolour pad, a watercolour palette, a bottle of water, a variety of different pens and pencils, a selection of brushes – even a toothbrush for a splattering effect – in fact any sort of tool one might need.

 

 

 

 

 

There are no set rules when you’re sketching. You may want to use a pencil or ink pen first and then fill in the colour, or go straight into watercolour, without the lines. You can even add a little white with gouache, or black lines with ink afterwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can work wet into wet and create lovely runs of colour, or work wet on dry, for more precise capturing of your subject. This can become a piece in itself, or reference for another in the studio. Smaller sketches can also serve as gift tags, or birthday cards.

Yvonne finds that she remembers a place or experience way better having done a sketch of it, than she does from a mere photograph and often also writes a few words to go with her sketches. She urged us to get into the habit of carrying sketch-book and tools with us, so we can take advantage of any opportunity that may come our way to commit a scene to paper memory.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Yvonne for a delightfully inspiring demo and to all involved in facilitating the evening.

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Plein Air Outing to Greenpoint Urban Park

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. sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Plein Air Outing to Maiden’s Cove

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

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Plein Air Outing to Darling

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 20 August was a bit of a soggy day, but the cold and rainy weather didn’t stop our intrepid bunch and the Plein Air outing to Cloof Wine Estate in Darling took place as planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a longer drive than usual for our artists, but so good to get out there to enjoy a change of scenery. The weather added an extra challenge, lending a pleasing sense of camaraderie and the whole trip was great fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists, wrapped up warmly, did their sketching or painting from the shelter of the farmhouse veranda and at lunchtime enjoyed a light meal at the Marmalade Cat Cafe.

 

 

 

 

Thanks once more to Sonja Frenz, for organising it for us….and perhaps we can even take another day out to that part of the world when the weather stabilises? If anyone wants to join the plein air group, please email Sonja on sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Impromptu Plein Air Outing

Due to an unexpectedly beautiful midwinter’s day, the plein air group gathered for a spontaneous day of outdoor painting. We met, once again, at the Back Area Garden Deli at Oude Molen, with its wonderful views and friendly chickens.

With the sun shining brilliantly above us and fellow artists – dutifully socially distanced – by our sides, despite the masks, it almost felt as if the world was back to normal again. We had superb coffee and lovely conversation to sustain us while painting or sketching and the Deli’s fresh produce to take home with us.

At the end of the day everyone went home happy, with a whole lot of inspiration in their sketchbooks and bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Sonja for another great outing. These impromptu days are totally weather dependent and Sonja will notify artists on the group whatsapp, so if you want to get involved, please email Sonja on: sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

The next “official” plein air outing will be on 20 August to a farm near Darling. For more info, please see the latest SASA newsletter, or email Sonja Frenz.

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Plein Air Outing to Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Because of the lovely sunny days we’ve been having, Sonja Frenz has been organising impromptu plein air outings for us. The next will be on Thursday, 20 August. We’ll be going to the Cloof Wine Estate, off the R315 near Darling and looking forward to wonderful weather and spectacular views. If you’d like to join us, please email Sonja at sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

Sonja Frenz organised another wonderful plein air outing for us last Thursday, July the 30th. We all met up at Simon’s Restaurant, Groot Constantia – one of our very favourite plein air locations – at 9 am and spread out from there.

 

 

 

 

 

The great thing about Groot Constantia is the endless variety of possibilities, from old buildings and duckponds, to vineyards and mountains, with all sorts of trees and plant details in between….and for the energetic, there are spectacular views from the top of the hill. Something to inspire and absorb every artist, no matter what their preferences are.

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was beautiful and it was lovely to be outside enjoying it, amongst fellow artists, sketching and painting to our hearts’ content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It still feels rather strange to be all masked up, but I suppose it’s something we all just have to get used to for the foreseeable future. Despite this, everyone really enjoyed the day and produced some very pleasing work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again Sonja – all really looking forward to the next one!

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Plein Air Outing to Oude Molen

 

 

 

 

 

It was a gloriously sunny day on Friday 24 July, when ten of our members met at Oude Molen’s “Back Area Garden Deli” for a plein air painting session. It was so good to get together – carefully apart – after such a long time of isolation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a perfect setting for outdoor painting, surrounded by plenty of fresh air, loads of space and wonderful scenery, with the added interest of horses and chickens wandering about. For many of us, most inspiring was the company and the chatting in between the painting, with our diligent masks in place.

 

 

 

 

 

The deli provided us with coffee and snacks and also has a lovely supply of fresh farm produce, which we happily plundered, taking bags full home with us.

Thanks to Sonja Frenz for organising it for us. Next week the plan is to meet at Groot Constantia on Thursday morning at 9:00.

If anyone is interested in joining us, please email Sonja on – sonjafrenz@gmail.com