Last Saturday’s – the 30th of June – life drawing session was the last of our 2018 season of Saturday mornings at the Newlands Scout Hall. We were very lucky that Lizzie could step in at short notice, as Taitai found herself in hospital – get well soon, Taitai.
Lizzie’s statuesque poses held, added to her own distinctive character, all the usual charms and challenges, and everyone enjoyed testing themselves, always building on and improving their observation and drawing skills.
We had one little blip – the electricity ran out a few minutes before our time was up and there was no way we could ask our model to carry on without heaters!…but I think we’d captured all we needed for the morning.
As always, our members produced some wonderful work – at the very least reference for future masterpieces!
Thanks everyone for being there, for supporting our efforts and making it all worthwhile. Thanks for your help in setting the hall to rights after the session every week and to Lyn Northam – thanks for always so very generously sharing your equipment with us.
We keep getting asked why we have life drawing in the middle of Winter! It does seem a little absurd having to blast our model with heaters to keep her warm, while we draw, huddled in our scarves and hats, but it’s an indoor option for our members.
When the weather is warm and sunny, there are plenty of plein air outings and activities to keep us all happily occupied, so this is something we can look forward to when it’s not so great outside.
On June 23 Kitty modeled for us for the fourth in our Winter life drawing series and was her usual, professional self, calmly changing from one interesting pose to the next, for quick sketches and perfectly holding the more difficult, longer poses.
A wonderful variety of media was used to capture Kitty’s unique elfin physique and beautiful pieces emerged.
Kitty was delighted by the painting given to her by one of our grateful – and very generous – artists.
Thanks, as always, to Lyn for the use of her equipment and to all those who helped tidy up.
We mixed things up a little for the third Saturday morning of our 2018 Winter life-drawing season and had a new (for us) male model to work from on 16 July.
We’ve become so used to drawing the female form, that we really had to concentrate to get the wonderfully masculine shapes and chassis, presented to us by Adrian, looking right. It was good to have some strong muscles to draw, in amongst all the curves.
We were a relatively small group this time, but all who were there got thoroughly engrossed, had a wonderfully productive, creative morning and turned out some beautiful work.
Thanks once again, to Lyn Northam, for the generous loan of her equipment and to our much appreciated cleaner-uppers. See you all next week, when Kitty will be sitting for us.
Thanks to those who “put their money where their mouth is”, we had a comfortably full life drawing session at the Athenaeum on Thursday evening, 17 May. We had sixteen members in all, which is way more than we have had on past evenings.
Nola modeled for us and did a very good job of it. Her lighthearted personality reflected in her poses, which were graceful and natural, though sometimes challenging, forcing us to concentrate and taxing our brains as well as our draughtsmanship.
The drawings and paintings produced were wonderfully varied in style and medium – some firm and focused and others free and experimental. A most worthwhile evening and we look forward to more of the same in the future.
On the evening of Thursday 17 May we will have life-drawing at the Athenaeum from 6:30 to 9:30. Thanks to all who signed up with and paid our secretary, Liz Pearson. Please get there a little early to set yourself up.
Thursday 9 November was the last of our evening life-drawing sessions for the year. Once again, we were a small group and had a very peaceful – apart from the alarming noises coming from the drama class next door! – few hours of concentrated drawing and painting.
Robyn was our model and her serene and graceful poses inspired some beautiful work. One of the positives of a small group is that we could move around as we needed, to find the perfect position for a pleasing composition.
The long pose at the end of the evening meant there was the choice of working on and completing a painting, or doing a few quicker pieces, from different angles. A most satisfying evening for all who joined us.
On Thursday evening, 12 October, we had, once again, a very small group of “drawers”. I’ll take this opportunity to remind everyone that these monthly sessions will be discontinued if there is not more interest shown.
We did, however, have a wonderfully, peaceful evening’s drawing, with plenty of space for changing places and points of view, if the mood took us.
Kitty was our model and did her usual great job, with her most “draw-able” form, striking contrasts and serene poses.
Some very interesting and beautiful work was produced and everyone left feeling quite content. Thanks for another lovely evening.