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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April 30th Members' Meeting

At our most recent members' meeting on the 30th of April, ten fellows of SASA gave us a demo.

They each started with a blank canvas and a plan for a painting. Some brought objects for still life, some worked from photographs and others brought their models with them for portraits.

In an hour or two, these very generous fellows, unlocked their secrets of their technique for us and produced artworks from scratch while a mesmerised crowd watched them take shape.

This was a nerve-wracking task for the artists. Each one of them, in that noisy, crowded hall, managed to answer questions and explain their process, while keeping calm and focused on their work. By the end of the evening, each had produced a finished (or very nearly finished) piece and every member who attended was itching to get home and paint. What they took home with them was a huge helping of energising inspiration with which to enhance their own work.

So.... a huge "Thank You" must go to the ten participating fellows - Ros Walters, Fanie Le Roux, Helen van Stolk, Christine Cherry-Jones, Laura Wenman, Wyn Rossouw, Lyn Northam, Jeremy Day, Solly Gutman, Penny Steynor - for sharing their time and expertise with us. This was a wonderful event and one which we hope to repeat with a different selection of artists.

2015 SASA Members' Exhibition, Monday 27 April

John Scott, veteran newspaper editor, journalist and columnist, gave the opening address at SASA's first members' exhibition for 2015. The large crowd was kept entertained by the wonderful humor of his speech and light-hearted take on all things serious.

 Not only was there a big turn-out of guests at the event, but a record number of paintings for them to peruse as well. Finding space to hang them all was quite a task for the hanging team and the portfolio stands were bulging.

Sales were brisk right from the start and look likely to carry on that way till the close.

Once again the catering was superb and the bar buzzing. Thanks to all the "bosses" and helpers who made it happen so efficiently.