Saturday, June 6, 2015

Lionel Smit studio visit

On 4 June a group of lucky SASA members were taken on a walkabout of Lionel Smit's studio in the Strand. Lionel showed us around himself, sharing his space with us in his own comfortable way.

We were all blown away by the sheer magnitude of his work - both in size and quantity - and the vastness of his studio space. We were first taken to his (extremely tidy) screen printing studio, where he explained the process of multiple colour printing.

Next came his amazing painting studio, where he had about sixty canvases in various sizes, from large to gargantuan and in varying stages of completion. One of our group was heard to say "I think I've died and gone to heaven!" His use and combination of colour is just superb, as is is collection of enormous tubes of paint!

The sculpture studio was just as impressive and just as filled with Lionel's fabulous works, totally contradicted by his casual, modest demeanor.

Thanks, Lionel for an uplifting, yet humbling visit. You have a magnificent studio and team of assistants - quite fitting for your wonderful work.

Dear reader, please excuse all the superlatives in this post, but believe me, nothing else would do!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Winter Workshop with Derric van Rensburg

 Derric van Rensburg kicked off our 2015 season on 30 May, with a fascinating workshop, giving us a "behind the scenes" look at his loose and lighthearted painting style.

He built his demo paintings with enormous brushes and a limited palette, mixing up a wonderful range of colours, which he applied with quick dabs and strokes, in fast drying layers of acrylic paint.

He made it look so easy and effortless, it was quite a surprise to find how difficult it actually was, when it came to trying out the technique for ourselves.

Although we all worked from the same reference photograph, the guidance and advice Derric gave was gentle and tailored to each individual, so that everyone produced a totally unique interpretation of it.

We each took away with us a new respect for acrylic paint, a selection of paintings and head full of new ideas. Thank you Derric, for a Saturday well-spent!

Friday, May 29, 2015

May Monthly Member's Meeting

Yvonne Ankerman spoke to us on Thursday 28 May about her travels last year, aboard the ship, MS Expedition .

She was employed as "resident ship's artist" on the voyage from Cape Town to Morocco, giving art classes and chronicling the trip in sketches and water colour paintings, in between her regular crew duties.

Yvonne told us of her experiences in the countries all the way up the West coast of Africa and illustrated her talk with wonderfully colourful slides and a couple of very full sketch books. All the paintings she did on the voyage - fortunate for her, not so for us - were bought as mementos by her fellow travelers.

Everyone who heard her presentation is now thoroughly
afflicted by the travel bug and there's a wishful waiting
list of "assistants" for her next voyage......which it seems
will be to Antarctica.........followed by South America.

Thanks Yvonne for the inspiration . We'll all do the next trip vicariously through you......can't wait for those photographs.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Plein Air Outing to Stellenberg, Sat 9 May

A group of SASA members gathered in the gardens of Stellenberg for a day of painting. The colours of the trees reflected the Autumn in the air and, when the sun broke through, splashes of brightness were revealed in the flowerbeds too.

All around, bright leaves were spilled like confetti by the gentle breeze passing through.

Stellenberg has a variety of separate gardens for different purposes, which all have their own special atmosphere and character. We wandered around the beautiful estate, discovering all it's hidden treasures, before each deciding on a special spot to settle.

Everyone had a lovely, peaceful day, which is reflected in the paintings they produced, perhaps  preliminary sketches for potential masterpieces.

Thanks to Doreen Dauberman and Helen Van Stolk for organising this wonderful outing for us.