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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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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