We kicked off this year’s SASA calendar on Thursday 27 January, with our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. This, the first meeting of 2022, was well attended in socially distanced numbers and everyone present found the evening totally inspiring – the only thing lacking was a few more hours!
Set up and well spaced around the hall, were six of our “best of” prize-winners from last year’s annual selection day giving us a live demonstration.
Laura Wenmann – best oil – showed us how she produces her beautiful portraits, using a blank canvas and a photograph as her starting point.
Jeremy Day – best acrylic – demonstrated the attention to detail necessary for reproducing his hyper-realistic landscapes, focusing for the evening, on tiny finishing touches.
Pam Quinlan – best watercolour – peacefully went through the process of creating one of her exquisite paintings, using her particular gift of perfect colour choice.
Val Watt – best pastel – took us through her superb pastel techniques, sharing her secrets and skills with us and answering our many queries.
Deirdre Harris – best mixed media – showed us how she builds up the beautifully integrated layers of shapes and colour for her mixed media pieces.
Sonja Frenz – our new fellow – did a lovely monochromatic landscape in a range of charcoals, starting with smudgy dust, all the way to sharply drawn black lines and white lines created with different erasers.
It was fascinating to watch how the various projects came together through the course of the evening and to be able to talk to the artists, getting replies to questions we’ve needed to ask. Although the time allowed was not enough to complete a piece, we got a very good idea of how each would turn out. Beautifully!
Thank you to our “demonstrators” for your time, trouble and expertise. Thanks as well to all the members who joined us for the evening…..and of course, to Avril for the lovely refreshments.