Thursday, 7 December 2017


The last CAS meeting of the year saw a large crowd of members and guests arriving at the Alphen Hall in Constantia laden with paintings and plates of food. 


One of the highlights of the "Art on a Plate" was fruit in a bowl made of ice.

A merry evening ensued, with much socializing, eating and drinking. 

THANK YOU to our generous SPONSORS of this competition, ET&H  Fine Art Canvas (9 Barron St, Woodstock), and The Italian Art Shop (Riverside Mall, Rondebosch)!!! Also, thank you to our gracious, talented and missed, former chairperson, Fran Sexton, who generously donated a midweek break at her Daisy Darling B&B in Darling. What a lovely surprise and desirable gift (I am Won by Chantelle Van Zyl!!!! 

Chantal van Zyl, winner of a mid-week break at Daisy Darling B&B, draws a number for the next lucky prize winner.

It is through our sponsors’ generosity that we are able to attract such a high standard of competitors, and are able to provide such a wonderful bounty of prizes. We hope to continue these winning relationships!

Some of the canvases donated by ET&H canvases
Secondly, well done Artists!!! – and thank you to all who entered! It would not be a competition without competitors. We had such a fabulous display of creative, colourful, original work at our year end competition, not to mention all of the Art on  Plates! 

Some of the artworks entered.

We had the most entries EVER (57), and competition was fierce. In past years, often the winners were obvious early on in counting the votes. This year, due to the number of high quality entries, the increased number of voters/members, the wide variety of work, and the individual taste of the voters – our peers, it was not at all apparent who the winners would be until the final ballots were counted, checked and re-checked! This was very exciting, and concerning – as many worthy entries did not receive an award-winning number of votes, which can bruise egos and hurt feelings. This, of course, is NOT our intention or congruent with the mission of C.A.S. – which is to inspire and encourage developing artists. Don’t be deterred!!! It is the nature of any competition. All of the pieces exemplified the talent of our organization. Let it feed the fire of your creativity and competitive spirit!

The voting procedure and point allocation works like this: Each member is allowed to vote for 5 entries, rating them where they evaluated the position of the entry. That is to say,  a number one vote would receive 5 points, a number 2 vote would receive 4 points, a number 3 vote would be allocated 3 points, a number 4 vote would receive 2 points, and a number 5 vote would be awarded 1 point. Points were tallied and ascribed accordingly to the nominated entrant. 

Last, but NOT least, Competition Results:

1st Place – our own, beloved, wonderfully deserving: SUE PAULSEN with her entry ‘Tomatoes’ which garnered 71 points!!!
Sue Paulsen

2nd Place – the brilliant, kind, fresh face: CHRISTOPHER REID with
 ‘Protea Explosion’, which earned 69 points! – talk about a close race!

Christopher Reid

3rd Place – the much appreciated plein air artist: BETH LOWE with ‘ Kalk Bay Morning’  accruing 66 points.

Beth Lowe

4th Place – the delightful and talented: KAREN  BURNS with ‘Silver and Lace’ –     65 points, another slim margin

Karen Burns

5th Place – the amazing: SONJA RIVETT-CARNAC with ‘Happy Days’ – 63 points

Sonja Rivett-Carnac

6th Place – our accomplished and productive: PENNY STEYNOR with ‘Simply the Sea’   -56 votes

Penny Steynor

7th Place – the very talented: RICHARD JACOBS with ‘Ovambo Girl" 51 points
Richard Jacobs

8th Place – the lovely, diligent, and educational LYN NORTHAM with ‘Be Blessed’  – 48 points

Lyn Northam

9th Place – the young, evolving, exciting: Mandy Herdien with ‘Catch of the Day’ - 47 points

Mandy Herdien

10th Place – the admired, knowledgeable, famous amongst us: Wyn Rossouw with ‘Shades of  Morandi- 3 Jugs’ - 46 points 
Wyn Rossouw

WOW – what a tight race!!!!
Thanks again to all our members, entrants, and sponsors who made the event so joyous and exciting. We are very blessed to have one another.
Words by Connie Rossmeisl – Competitions Portfolio

Monday, 13 November 2017

October Meeting - Beth Lowe

Our speaker at our meeting on 31 October was CAS member Beth Lowe.

Beth was born in Grahamstown and growing up on a farm inspired a great love for the outdoors. Her granny was one of her biggest supporters from an early age and encouraged her to paint and draw. She was also the one who made her fall in love with oils as she gave Beth her first paint set at age 9 or 10.

Beth studied Fine Arts at Stellenbosch, taught art at Timour Hall Primary and then moved on to teach at the Art, Ballet, Drama and Music School in Johannesburg after getting married and moving there.  Motherhood gave her the opportunity to teach art from home for many years.

While living in Knysna for 8 years she was involved in the local art scene and exhibited at the Strydom Gallery in George. When moving to Kommetjie she took a break from painting for about 10 years, and put brush to canvas again when she joined SASA in 2007.

In 2011/2012 Beth took an en Plein Air workshop with Judy Carducci and she realised that this was to be her focus area in art. Beth's first solo exhibition was in 2012 after choosing to pursue plein air painting as her main creative outlet.

Beth's presentation was full of grace, humour interspersed with the incredible wisdom of Dr Seuss.  She emphasised the challenges of plein air painting, and how to work around them and discover parts of your art persona that only en Plein Air can bring out.

With her portable studio, sun hat, linen shirt and apron, Beth cuts a familiar figure all over the Western Cape landscapes.  

Her toolkit includes a simple view-finder and red Perspex, the former to make focusing on your subjects easier and the latter to help define values more carefully. She emphasised how quickly the light changes en plein air (roughly every 20 minutes!) and how vital it is to block out the shadows early on and to draw the light source's direction lines to help remind you of the original painting you wanted to do.

Beth emphasised the importance of drawing, saying that it is the ability to make a 3D world into a 2D one and that there is a loop in which the better you see, the better you draw, the better you paint, the better you see etc.  To practise her drawing skills she keeps a sketchbook and pencils close by at all times.

She sees art as a way of capturing memories, preferring this to just taking vacation photos.
Beth loves challenging herself as an artist and inspired the crowd to play outside their comfort zones.

Paint with limited palettes; paint on differently shaped canvasses; make mistakes as this is how we learn, and do not get caught up in flattening brush stroked and scrumbling as we know the viewer loves some mystery and doesn't need all the details after all.
She also encouraged artists into the unpredictable nature of Plein Air and gave tips on how to even paint in the rain.

Beth's natural teaching ability came through and we walked away with some fantastic gems to not only use in our art, but also in our daily lives.

She showed us that our individual style is something to value as it is, in her words, as unique as our handwriting.  It relates to how you choose what to paint and how to paint it.  Appreciate it, grow it, learn from other artists, but do not yearn to be like them.

As a wise man once said: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

Words by Lizzie Kruger

Saturday, 14 October 2017

September Meeting and Art Challenge

Christopher Reid was the demonstrator at our September meeting and showed us how he paints a portrait in pastels.

Christopher carries his immense knowledge of art with a casual confidence and believes that knowledge shared is beauty gained. He believes that art is a form of communication and that by embracing it in as many mediums as possible, in your studio and en Plein Air, one can speak beauty in its many intricate forms.

Christopher Reid and his model for the evening, Belinda du Randt

His love for pastel work came through loud and clear in his portrait demonstration. A self-proclaimed adult finger-painter, he showed us how to get into this medium, fingers first. 
He encouraged the audience to poke at his art knowledge whilst he transformed a blank canvas into an almost complete portrait of his live model. He talked about different versions of pastels, suggested uses for each and how pastels are made i.e. binding mediums, pigments and fillers like chalk, and how this affects quality and use of the pastels. Christopher talked about using fixing medium on pastels, linking it to trying to fix a top layer of sand and taking away from the medium's ability to capture light particles in between the pastel dust.
Christopher believes in quick solutions to simple problems, and thus McGuivered together an adjustable easel from old tripods and a serving tray to solve the little issues that take away from focusing on making art. 
Condensing his pastel stash into a single box makes getting out the door to Mother Nature, his main muse, so much easier. He strongly believes knowing your tools in and out makes you a better artist, and to make what you need if you can't find it on the shelf.  

Christopher's array of pastels

He has an obvious appreciation for the science of art. He spoke about the influence of light (natural or controlled) on your eye, your model and eventually your canvas. 
He debunked generally accepted art rules by digging into their origins and thus their usability. 

He reinforced the basic skill of drawing and getting perspective and proportions correct to avoid frustrating the viewers' eyes.
He gave us tips on how to determine mid-ranges by putting down your lightest lights and darkest darks first. 
He also taught out how to carve out details instead of filling in shapes only. 
With a soft hand, a curious mind and a natural manner of imparting knowledge, Christopher drew us into his respectful dance with art and beauty.

The finished portrait

Special thanks to our lovely member, Belinda Du Randt who sat as a model for Christopher.

September Art Challenge “Spring”

Karin Davel

Penny Steynor
Selwyn Griffiths

Klaus Schilling
Angela Stannard
Anne Stepto

Carrie Lam
Elizabeth Lamprecht
Karin Davel

Monday, 4 September 2017

Westlake Exhibition September - October 2017

The four artists exhibiting at Westlake for the months of September and October are Lynette Petersen, Klaus Schilling, Karin Davel and Melanie Meyer. These artists' work will be on show from the 4th Sept - 7th Nov.

Lynette Peterson with her art.

Klaus Schilling with his lovely watercolour portraits at Westlake Golf Club.

Studies in Blue by Melanie Meyer. (Linda Gotlieb couldn't make it at last minute, so Melanie and Karin shared the space).

Karin Davel - still-life in oil.
Melanie Meyer's vibrant colour studies makes a strong statement at Westlake.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

August Meeting: AGM and Competition

There was a big crowd at our August meeting, the second in our new venue, the Alphen Centre.

Members arranged the works they had brought for the competition along one of the walls for
everyone to look at.

Voting slips and pens were distributed and members wrote down the 5 works they liked best.

Chairman Linda Gotlieb opened the Annual General Meeting. In her report she spoke about the events of the past year, and it has certainly been a good year for CAS. Linda also thanked the all the committee members by name, and thanked others who helped CAS during the year. Then Treasurer Melanie Meyer reported on the financial status of the Society. She asked if any member would be able to audit CAS's books. When it came to the election of office bearers, all the committee members from the previous year were willing to stand again and were duly re-elected.

While the competition votes were being counted, Wyn Rossouw entertained us with an art quiz.

Then came the announcement of the competition winners.
In first place was Liz Pearson with her painting of people dancing on the banks of the Seine.

Second place went to Karin Davel for her work consisting of sketches arranged concertina-style.

Third prize went to Lyn Northam for her painting.

Beth Lowe won the fourth place.

And fifth prize went to Christopher Reid.

In sixth place was Wyn Rossouw.

 Anita Gildenhuys came seventh.

 Linda Howe-Ely eighth.

 Mandy Herdien ninth.

 and Louis Terry tenth.