Landscape, Life and Still-life Competition.

Thursday 28th, being the last Thursday of July, was the SASA members’ meeting at the Athenaeum, as well as the Landscape, Life-drawing and Still-Life competition. This competition is to encourage our members to paint from life, rather than photographs, be it from a model, a still life they’ve set up, or en plein air and to complete the painting on the spot, without any fiddling, or tweaking, in the studio afterwards. It means the artist has to work quickly and lends an element of freshness to the piece.

We had many lovely entries, each of which was given a brief crit – not a simple assignment! – by Mary Serrurier and Lyn Northam . Thanks Ladies, you did a sterling job. Many of the comments, regarding colour and composition, related not only to the work being discussed, but could translate to enhance whatever happens to be on our easels at home. A wonderful opportunity for learning through looking and listening.

Penny Steynor won the cup for both life-drawing and still-life, while Grazyna Janik took first place in the landscape category.

Runners-up were, in the life-drawing category, Laura Wenman; for still-life, Karen Burns and landscape, Lyn Northam. Gerbrand van Heerden took third place in all three.

Well done to all of you. May all our members be inspired to enter next year!