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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.

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Plein Air Outings

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she’ll add you to her list.

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March/April Plein Air Outings

The new improved, amalgamated plein air painters and sketchers group have been painting up a storm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A return visit was paid to Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its spectacular views on 29 March. That morning’s outing resulted in some superb sketches of The Sentinel, overlooking Hout Bay, as well as the beautiful stretch of coastline.

 

 

 

 

 

The next Wednesday – 31 March – we’d arranged to meet again on the Blouberg beachfront, but the cloudy, drizzly day scared off all but the bravest few. The moody weather added another dimension to the familiar scenery, so those brave few were well rewarded for getting there, despite the conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second Saturday in April another group of plein air enthusiasts met at the Greenpoint Park, for a whole different outdoor painting experience. There was a great feeling of tranquility to the scene – the changing light on the water in the lily-filled ponds enjoyed and painted from the comfort of the lawn. 

 

Jafta’s Flower Farm in Constantia was the venue for the next outing, which took place on Monday, April the 12th. It was a perfect Autumn day – warm and windless – and there was a feast of colour to delight in, with just enough cloud about to make for interesting skies as well.

Thanks to all who arranged the different outings – very inspiring choices of venue, very much enjoyed and appreciated by all who attended.

If anyone else wishes to join the group, please email Sonja Frenz – sonjafrenz@gmail.com – and she will add you to the whatsapp group

 

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Chapman’s Peak Plein Air Outing

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 sonjafrenz@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Plein Air Outing to Philadelphia

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 – sonjafrenz@gmail.com

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Blouberg Beach Plein Air Outing

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

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Montebello Plein Air Outing January 2021

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 – sojafrenz@gmail.com

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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