Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 "Merit" exhibition

On the evening of Friday 6 February, the opening of the SASA merit exhibition was held in the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch.

The exhibition was opened by our speaker for the evening, well known South African artist, John Meyer. John spoke eloquently about his own work and process, as well as praising the high standard of the work on exhibition.

The wonderfully warm evening kept our bar-men busy
serving drinks - thanks bar team - and as usual, everyone
was very well fed by Mary's marvelous catering.
Thanks Mary!

 The "till" was kept busy too, with a record number of twenty-two sales for the opening night. In fact some works were sold while the work was still being hung. Let's hope it continues this way for the duration of the exhibition, which is till 19 February. Well done everyone.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sketching Hike in Newlands Forest

On Wednesday 4 February a group of hiking and sketching enthusiasts met at Newlands Forest, carrying their supplies on their backs.

As we left the road behind, the city noises became
fainter, till the only sounds around us were the wind
and the birds.

After a gentle uphill hike, we stopped at the stone
ruins of "Paradise", Lady Anne Barnard's cottage,
which was originally built by the Dutch East India
Company to house their master woodcutter.

The weather was perfect for hiking and the intermittent sunlight made for very interesting shadows. Everyone found their favourite spot to settle in and became absorbed in their drawing.

I don't know if any masterpieces were produced that morning, but it was a wonderful source of inspiration and food for the soul.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

First SASA Meeting for 2015

On Thursday 29 January, we held our first members' meeting for 2015. Welcome back everyone.

Our guest "speaker" was Vicki Norcliffe, who demonstrated her wonderful technique for creating portraits in pastels.

Vicki's first step was arranging and lighting her model, Desire, who always does a great job of sitting for us!

The audience was captivated as Vicki, starting with a few carefully placed charcoal lines and, using swift strokes of colour, which were blended, smudged and overlaid, built her portrait in a remarkably short space of time.

I'm sure there are many of our members who'll be doing some experimenting with pastels. Thank you Vicki, for sharing your fresh approach and giving us a new set of creative "tools" to work with