The Winter Life Drawing sessions will start at the end of June and will run every Saturday morning from 29 June to 27 July. These will be held at the Scout Hall in Newlands, 2 Greenford Road, next to Forries, from 9.30 – 12.30; you can book your place now by emailing email@example.com.
The monthly meeting on the 25th April was very well attended by members eager to hear John Pace, well known as the winner of the 2015 Sanlam Portrait Award, give a talk on his experiences at the School of Art in Florence, Italy
John, in his relaxed conversational way, told us how his wife had given him the two week course as a gift for his birthday.
Using slides to illustrate his talk, we could see the beautiful studio in Florence where he spent many hours grappling with the sight size method of drawing, which he found very challenging at first, and ultimately very satisfying.
Drawing a sculptured bust to begin with, he progressed to working with the live model. Having finally perfected the drawing he then transferred that image from paper to canvas using tracing paper coated with oil paint to create a type of carbon paper.
While painting, he was instructed to continually ask himself:1) What colour is it? 2) Is it warm or cool? 3) Is it light or dark?
John brought all his drawings and the finished portrait for everyone to see.
An enjoyable meeting, finishing up with the usual sociable tea, coffee and eats.
The 116th SASA AGM was held on Thursday 28 February, at the home of our society, the Athenaeum in Newlands.
As has become tradition, SASA Fellow, Solly Gutman very kindly agreed to chair the meeting, doing a great job and adding gravitas to the formal part of the evening, as he smoothly worked his way through the set agenda.
Our president, Audrey Innes, gave a slide-show presentation on the past year’s activities of the society and, looking back on it all, it’s quite amazing how much we fitted in!
Mike Forrester delivered the treasurer’s report and the council was elected. There was a call for nominations for prospective council members to be put forward and any points of concern to be raised, but none were, so we must assume our members are content with the status quo.
With the dry half of the meeting out of the way, we could get down to the real reason we came – the annual drawing competition, the theme of which for this year, was “Water”.
In second place was Liz Pearson with “Submerged” and third was Avril Retief’s “The Rescue”. All beautiful work and worthy winners.
A big thanks to “The Deckle Edge” for donating vouchers for the prizes and to “Artland” who gave us a very good deal on their imported sketchbooks.
Friday 22 Feb was a glorious late Summer day, perfect for the SASA outing to Groot Constantia Wine Estate and we had eight artists joining us for some plein air painting.
Because of the beauty of the surroundings and diversity of subject matter – from historic buildings and duckponds to ancient oak trees and vineyards – Groot Constantia is a favourite amongst our members.
We spent the morning wandering and working and met at one of the restaurants for refreshments at midday, where we showed each other what we’d accomplished and exchanged ideas, ensuring we all left with a little more knowledge gained and a few extra tips.
Huge thanks must go to Karen – PRO of the Estate – for always welcoming us so warmly and for the generous gift of wine tasting vouchers for all participating artists.
Thanks as well to Johan Pieterse for organising the outing for us.
For the first plein air outing of 2019, Johan Pieterse has organised an excursion to the Slangkoppunt Lighthouse in Kommetjie. We meet at the Kommetjie beach at 9:00am on Friday 18 January. For more information, please see the latest SASA newsletter.
It’s “Plein Air Season” again and Johan Pieterse organised our first outing to the beautiful Buitenverwachting Wine Estate in Constantia, on Friday the 26th October.
This magnificent venue has a lot to offer in terms of choices of subject matter, with it’s historic Cape Dutch architecture, lush vineyards and roaming roosters. Or if it’s the little details you’re looking for, there are plenty of those to be discovered too.
We had a glorious morning capturing it all on paper and, lured by the scent of fresh roasted coffee, gathered at “The Beanery” at lunchtime.
These plein air outings have become very popular with our members and Buitenverwachting is one of the most favoured locations. Look out for the next outing, which will be sometime in November and spend a lovely day outside, connecting with other artists and topping up your reservoirs of inspiration.
Thanks Johan for a lovely day.
On Thursday 25 October, Sonja Frenz will be giving us a demo in charcoal. She will show us how she adapts her unique technique, used in her beautiful black and white wooded scenes, to portraits. Please see the latest SASA newsletter for details.
13 September was the last of this year’s scheduled Thursday evening life drawing sessions at the Athenaeum and due to lack of interest, probably not to be continued in the new year.
These sessions take a lot of organisational as well as practical input from the council members whose portfolio it is and have proved “non-cost-effective” for SASA. So, for the few who actually got there, sorry – we tried! We will, however still be having our usual five Saturday morning slots at the Newlands Scout Hall in June/July next year.
Andy was our model for the evening – thanks Andy, for stepping in at such short notice.
We were a very small group, but had a good time, with much experimentation and sharing of equipment going on, as well as much concentration, resulting in the need for much relaxation between poses!…..and some really interesting work. Well done everyone.
On a rather cold and wet Thursday August 16, we had our third life drawing evening for the year – there’s one more in September and still space if you’re interested. Have a look at the most recent SASA newsletter for details.
Those who managed to be there were delighted with our model Taitai, with her huge hair and generous curves and inspired to create some lovely work.
We had to really get to grips with foreshortening (or change position!) for some of her poses, which were deceptively demanding and required absolute concentration. This is when that old rule comes in so handy “….draw what you see and not what you think you know”.
Our regulars were dismayed to realise we only have one more booking for this year, but we will carry on with the evening sessions next year, if there’s enough positive feedback, so if you’d like to attend, let your interest be known.
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.