Saturday, February 27, 2010

AGM and Drawings

On Thursday SASA had both the AGM and a Drawing Competition.

Our President, Lynn Brown, brought back memories from a year gone past with stories and pics of paintings exhibited at all our exhibitions.  Not your usual AGM - full of info and positives for the Society already in its second centenary!  Well done Lynn and all the members for making 2009 so successful.

And to crown it off, the standard at the drawing competition was tremendous.  All the members present had a vote for their choice of 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Paul Webb came up trumps with his drawing titled 'Kelp'.  Solly Gutman's 'Seaweed' and Fiona Nichols with 'Kalk Bay' were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

This is the winning drawing.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Dream Easels!

As artists we are always looking for a 'good buy'.

Now this is an EXCELLENT buy!  Normally we would not promote the sale of equipment and materials, but if you are in the market for a hand made easel, look no further.  Made from meranti, these easels are extra large and are on wheels.  Have a look.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows
Please join us
on Sunday 28th February at 11:00  for a walkabout
of this important exhibition.
Karel Nel of Wits University, who curated the exhibition,
will conduct this tour of the exhibition. He will be sharing his ideas
and discoveries about the work of this major South African artist
As this walkabout is open to the public there will be no charge,
however donations to Friends' projects would be welcome!
Preller was a major South African artist, whose unconventional form of expression was impossible to classify in terms of the mainstream art movements of his time. Despite his art's elusive quality, his richly coloured paintings and distinctive, poetic vision earned him widespread critical acclaim and a host of loyal admirers.
Preller studied in London and Paris in the 1930s, where he absorbed the language of Western modernism to the extent that a critic, who had seen his work on a 1937 group exhibition in Johannesburg, called him "South Africa's Gauguin". He was also influenced by Van Gogh and later by the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, the Renaissance artist.
The exhibition is accompanied by Alexis Preller, art historian Esmé Berman and artist Karel Nel's comprehensive monograph on the artist, which consists of two volumes: an extensive biography of Preller and a collection of his works. Although the catalogue is not available for sale, orders may be placed for it. A form detailing the methods of payment and delivery is available in the Gallery Shop.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The February Meeting

Don't forget that next week we'll be holding both our AGM - AND our drawing competition.

The rules and regs are in the latest newsletter, but a re-cap on the basic information -

The theme is Flotsam and Jetsam - so hope you've been picking up bits and pieces from the beach during your holidays!
You can only vote for your favourite piece if you are there
Please mount your work otherwise it flops around and will probably get lost or torn
 Because it's a Drawing Competition, only monochrome images are allowed - so if you fancy green, the whole drawing must be done in green!  But no paint, no solvents, only drawing materials
And this one is serious - you must own or have written permission to use any pictorial reference material.  Copyright infringement is an offence.
Even if you don't participate in the drawing competition, please make an effort to attend this very important, once-a-year, Annual General Meeting.

See you there.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Advice from Wet Canvas

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The Control of Water in Watercolor
Welcome to your WetCanvas Weekly Tips Newsletter! This week we are talking about controlling the water in your watercolor. WetCanvas member Arnold Lowrey wrote a terrific article about how to do this. You can see the article in it's entirety by subscribing to the newsletter. Here's what Arnold suggests:

Most watercolors fail because too much water is used and the results are a wishy- washy mess. So, let's come to grips with this important subject.

So here are the five most important ways of water control. -Dry on Dry
-Wet on Dry
-Wet on Wet
-Dry on Wet
-The Half-loaded Brush

Dry on Dry[description]

This is where the paper is dry and all the water is squeezed out of your brush, so that when you pick up paint and paint it on the paper, virtually no water is involved and the result is a scumbling mark.

(No water on the paper and virtually no water in the brush.)
Wet on Dry[description]

If you load you brush with wet paint and paint on dry paper, an area is produced which is soft and flowing in the middle but with hard edges.
(No water on the paper and water in the brush)
Wet on Wet[description]
When the paper is wet and the brush is fully loaded with wet paint, the result is two lots of water on the paper. Consequently, the paper can't handle this amount and the paint pigment flows on the surface. Tipping the paper will allow the pigment to flow around creating a lot of interesting shapes but accurate control is missing. Useful for backgrounds but you are relying on "happy accidents" to produce any meaningful shapes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ryno Swart Exhibition in Italy

You are invited to the opening
on Sunday 14th February, 2010
at the Bar al Fontego,
3426 Campo Santa Margherita, at 7 p.m.
of an exhibition of paintings
by Ryno Swart
La bellezza resista 

Beauty fights back

The paintings on this exhibition
can be seen at

Contact Ryno at