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.
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.
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!
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.
It was a glorious morning on 28 February, when a group of SASA members met at the beautiful Chart Farm in Wynberg – which has become a firm favourite – for some plein air painting.
The painters and sketchers wandered amongst the roses and between the trees, each finding their own personal, magnificent view from which to draw inspiration.
As the sun climbed over the mountains, the colours and shadows altered with the changing light and we had to paint quickly to capture it all, resulting in an abundance of wonderfully free sketches.
By eleven we were all ready for refreshment and met in the coffee shop for drinks and snacks, while we shared our experiences and admired each other’s efforts.
Thanks Johan, for organising another most enjoyable plein air outing.
On Thursday 22 Feb we had a good turn-out of members at our AGM at the Athenaeum, with Solly Gutman taking his usual, competent place in the chair.
Judging by the President’s Report, the past twelve months have been an extremely busy – and hopefully productive – time for all of our members. Packed with outings, workshops, meetings and exhibitions as it was, it was certainly not a boring year.
After the formalities of the evening were completed, we could get down to the important task of judging the drawing competition. There were many beautiful and varied interpretations of the theme “Ebony and Ivory”, but winners had to be chosen.
In first place we had Sonja Frenz, with her lovely “Trees at Sunnyside”, second was “Khasab” by Fiona Nichols and, in third place, Frederick Krause with “Pride”. Well done to the three of you, for your very worthy winning entries.