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 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.
On Friday 19 January a group of SASA members gathered for some plein air painting and drawing on the magnificent Buitenverwachting wine estate in the Constantia valley.
It was rather overcast and windy, but the wonderful scenery more than made up for the failings of the weather.
There was a view to inspire every artist, whether it was vineyards and mountains they were looking for, or beautiful architecture, flanked by ancient trees. There were even some chickens strutting their stuff on the lawn and begging to be captured on our wind-whipped pages.
When the elements got too much, the coffee shop and beanery offered some welcome warmth and shelter, where our artists could compare notes and have a hot drink, before leaving for home.
Thanks to Johan Pieterse for organising another very enjoyable outing.
What a glorious day for plein air painting. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect if we’d ordered it specially – not too hot, or cold; windless, clear blue skies….and the colours were spectacular.
We met at Groot Constantia in the morning, though some joined us later on. A few of our party went off straight away up the hills and into the vineyards, for the breath-taking views, while the rest of us took a little longer to decide where to park ourselves.
The duck pond and buildings around it proved popular, both for our members as well as a group of mothers who’d gathered with their children. There were lots of interested little people who stopped for a chat, with gifts of duck feathers – good for painting with, by the way 🙂
We also had some not so welcome guests – a troop of baboons paid us a visit – but they were soon chased off and everyone could relax again.
Tea at Simon’s afterwards was a bit of a straggly affair, with people drifting in and out, but some of us managed to compare a few “notes”.
A lovely, relaxed and relaxing morning. Thanks Johann for organising it – we’ll have to do it again soon.
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.