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Fifth and Final Saturday’s Life-Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2018 Members’ Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday evening, the 28th of June, Angela Zehnder joined us at the Athenaeum to tell us a bit about her role in the conservation and restoration of paintings at the South African National Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

Angela gave a talk, illustrated by slides, giving us a glimpse into the fascinating world of art restoration. We were shown how the use of X-rays and infra-red light exposes layers beneath the painted surface, telling tales of previous concepts and compositions toyed with by the artist, before settling on the image we see.

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps an incongruous support, like the lid of a biscuit tin we see under the painting in one of Angela’s slides.

 

 

 

 

 

Angela stressed the importance of correct display and storage of a painting – such as keeping humidity levels controlled and light gentle – to prevent deterioration. She also touched on methods of repairing damage to works not stored correctly and removing layers of discoloured varnish to reveal the original freshness of the paint beneath.

 

 

 

 

 

Her subject is vast – too much to cover in one sitting – but we were given a taste of what is involved. Thank you Angela, for an interesting evening.

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Fourth Saturday Morning Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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SASA Winter Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Second Saturday Life Drawing Session

The weather was so wet and wild on Saturday 9 June, we were half expecting an empty hall for the second in our Winter life drawing sessions, but our members are tougher than that and they got there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desiré modeled for us for the morning and she was wonderful. Her poses were interesting, varied and often challenging, placing before us wonderful landscapes of twists and curves from which to work.

 

 

 

 

Her exquisite efforts naturally inspired the same from the artists and beautiful pieces were produced.

 

 

 

 

Grateful thanks must go to Desiré for her time and to Lyn Northam for so generously lending us all her equipment, without which our members would have a lot to lug around!

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Saturday Morning Life Drawing

 

 

On a cold and blustery Saturday, June the 2nd, we had the first of this year’s SASA Winter life drawing “dates” at the Newlands Scout Hall.

Dressed as our members were in jackets and beanies, we felt rather sorry for our model – thank goodness for blow-heaters!

 

Despite the weather, Robyn arrived, as cheerful as ever, sporting a new haircut and her accustomed confidence and gave us a wonderful selection of poses to draw.

The hours flew by, with everyone concentrating hard on their beautiful shapes, lines and shadows, experimenting with different techniques, or perfecting old favourites.

 

 

 

 

 

Some beautiful work was produced and the end of the morning saw a lot of satisfied artists heading homeward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, as usual to those who stayed to help tidy up – it’s amazing how quickly it goes when there’s a good team!

 

 

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Demo by Mel Elliot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our members’ meeting on May 31, we were treated to a fascinating demo by Mel Elliot. He showed us his 10 step plan for “building” a landscape in oils, using acrylic paints for the under painting and first several layers.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not until he gets to step 6 that he starts using oil paints and the contrast between the two media is remarkable. The acrylic looks flat and dull when juxtaposed with the singing colours and bright lights of the oils, but as Mel pointed out, the acrylics are good for mid tones and the contrast is effective.

Mel has a wonderfully relaxed and chatty manner, as he paints, which kept everyone entertained, while thoroughly absorbed in watching the painting develop.

 

 

 

 

 

Judging by the amount of note-taking that went on, this is one demo that our members do not want to forget…..so many tips and hints to take away with us and start trying out for ourselves.

Mel also shared some very valuable marketing points, such as the importance of a good frame, to make a painting more attractive and saleable.

 

 

 

 

Thanks Mel, for a most interesting and inspiring evening.

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Mixed Media Workshop with Gabriella Kaplan

The first of the SASA Winter Workshops for 2018 took place at the Peter Clarke Art Centre on Saturday May 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriella Kaplan introduced us to a whole new world of mixed media and a whole new way of looking at art. She encouraged us to use and experiment with the most amazing array of materials, to – in her own words – “Explore with curiosity; Be open to the unexpected; Reconnect with yourself; See with new eyes; Still the judges within; Trust the process; Rediscover intuitive responses; Unblock the creativity within”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriella gently guided us through the process, allowing each new step to emerge naturally, bringing out the best in all of us.

The morning was about self exploration – where you are and where you have come from – and culminated in each person’s presentation of “self” in a painting and in words.

 

 

 

 

 

A very relaxing and non-judgemental workshop. Many thanks to Gabriella for presenting it and to Irene Oxley for organising it.

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Thursday Evening Life Drawing

 

 

 

 

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.

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Talk by Dr Roger Melvill at the April Members’ Meeting

 

 

 

Dr Roger Melvill – neurosurgeon, mountaineer and artist – was the official doctor on the Lewis Pugh expedition to Antarctica and we were lucky enough to have him at the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 26 April to tell his tale.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Melvill spoke of the wonderful work done by the Lewis Pugh Foundation for the preservation and conservation of the world’s oceans. To draw attention to this cause, Lewis Pugh himself has completed long-distance swims in every one of those oceans, often in near freezing water.

 

 

 

 

From Dr Melvill’s slides, we saw how breathtaking – both literally and figuratively – the area is, in it’s starkly beautiful scenery and it’s icy cold temperatures.

 

 

 

Luckily, he often had time to set up his easel and paint en plein air, capturing the magnificence of the landscape and birdlife, as have many other artists before him, on similar expeditions, one of whom was our very own Yvonne Ankerman.

The earliest of these did it out of necessity, having no cameras in those days, with which to record events.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Dr Melvill, for a fascinating evening. You kept your audience spellbound right from the start, to the final word!

In honour of the “Year of the Bird”, members were asked to bring a bird painting with them – here is a selection of those.