Monday, December 1, 2014

Art in the Park, November 2014





















SASA's second "Art in the Park" for 2014 was held on wonderfully sunny Sunday 30 November, at Rondebosch Park, which, once again, proved to be the perfect venue for this event.




We had just under eighty members taking part, so there was plenty of choice for buyers, who took full advantage of the situation. At times there was quite a queue for the "till"!











The usual marvelous networking occurred, family and friends lending moral support enjoyed themselves in the leafy shade and some of our artists even managed to get a couple of paintings done, ready for the next one.


















The addition of a couple more refreshment stalls and
tables to sit at added to the relaxed atmosphere of the
day, making browsers reluctant to leave.





          

           What a peaceful, enjoyable way to spend a Sunday.

           Thanks everyone for a great day. Looking forward to the next one.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

End of Year Function and Eleanor Palmer Competition







On Thursday 27 November we had our final Members' meeting for 2014 and end of year party, which is also the occasion for awarding the Eleanor Palmer Trophy.





We were graced by the presence of a special guest for the evening - Rembrandt van Rijn! A small self-portrait was borrowed from the Michael Collection at the Old Town House, where a Rembrandt exhibition is currently on display.



We had a lovely evening, with a relaxed party atmosphere,
livened up by an art quiz, compiled and supervised by
Christine Cherry-Jones and Ros Molteno. Thanks ladies,
that was fun. Although it did make some of us realise
how much we've actually forgotten!





There were many beautiful paintings submitted
for the competition, so it was difficult choosing
a "favourite favourite", but when all the votes
were tallied, Laura Wenman's "Gypsy" came out
on top. Congratulations Laura, on a very well
deserved win!










Well done as well to the runners up - Bill Brown's landscape and Haydee Breganski's portrait were voted in second and third place.









Thanks to all who contributed to making this an enjoyable and successful event.









Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sketching Hike to Silvermine





This morning a small, but intrepid group
of sketchers braved the elements and hiked
from the Silvermine dam to the viewpoint overlooking Hout Bay.










We set off in sunshine, but there was a chilly wind and thick cloud pouring off the mountain at the top.







The spectacular view more than made up for the less than perfect weather and once settled in sheltered spots, we were spoiled for choice of composition.
















   

            












             We walked down windswept, but content, with
             some new pages in our sketch books filled with
             inspiration.

Friday, October 31, 2014

LYNNE MARIE EATWELL DEMO

Lynne Marie Eatwell joined us at the October Members' Meeting and kept us all enthralled with a demo of her wonderful oil painting style.





















She talked us through her process from empty palette and blank canvas to finished piece, which was completed in only an hour and a half.


















The relaxed fluidity of her arm movements and quick, loose brushwork was very evident in the lovely energy of the painting.








     What started as simple areas of lights and darks, was
     transformed by a few well placed details, which pulled
     the whole composition together, resulting in a very
     pleasing still life.

     Thank you Lynne Marie, for the inspiration.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SASA's 108th Annual Exhibition


















 Monday 6 October saw the opening of our 108th Annual exhibition.
 It was a wonderfully warm, summery evening and a large crowd of
 art enthusiasts attended the exhibition, which was opened by local
 artist, Jenny Parsons.





Jenny's opening address was both inspiring and
complimentary and she kept the audience nicely
entertained.
 
She also had the pleasurable task of handing out the trophies and other awards for the various categories.
Thank you Jenny.






















There are 261 works, by 116 artists, on exhibition, many of which were sold on opening night, and we received many compliments on the high standard of the work on display.



 
     Mary's catering was, as always
     marvelous and much appreciated.

     It was a well organised event and a
     very enjoyable evening was had by
     all who attended.