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!