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Winter Life Drawing

 On Saturday 20th July SASA members once again gathered early at the Scout Hall in Newlands for the penultimate Winter Life Drawing session.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Although there were only 17 participants, less than usual, we enjoyed a very productive session, thanks to the expertise of Desiree the model for the morning.


 

 

 

 

 

Because of her background in circus work, she managed to hold difficult poses, with twists in her torso which proved challenging, but enjoyable!


 

 

 

 

Many lovely drawings, paintings, and monoprints were produced.


 

 

 

 

 

 

As usual, tea, coffee and biscuits kept us all going during the break, and we once again thank Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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13 July Life Drawing

The sun came out on Saturday 13th July, and 28 enthusiastic members arrived early at the Scout Hall in Newlands to participate in the third of the SASA Winter Life Drawing sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The model for the morning was Andrew (Andy) and  in spite of an early morning incident in the traffic on his motorcycle, he was able to clear his mind, and hold some very strong and interesting poses.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hall went silent during the sessions, as members concentrated on their subject, once again using a large variety of mediums and styles to try to capture the dynamic poses.

As usual, very welcome tea, coffee, and biscuits were provided during the break, and many hands helped to clear up the hall in record time afterwards.

Thanks to the council members who were in charge, and once again, thanks to Lyn Northam for the use of her equipment.

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April Monthly Meeting with John Pace

 

 

 

 

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.
 

 

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SASA 2019 AGM and Drawing Competition

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”.

There were some lovely entries to choose from, but the loveliest of all was “Church Street”, by Marcelle Lyons, which won first prize and the trophy. Well done Marcelle.

 

 

 

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.

 

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Plein Air Outing to Groot Constantia

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.

 

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Buitenverwachting Plein Air Outing

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.

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Life Drawing at the Athenaeum

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.