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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.

 

 

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Evening Life Drawing at the Athenaeum

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.

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Landscape, Life and Still-Life Competition

Last night – Thursday 26 July – was this month’s SASA members’ meeting, which is traditionally combined with the annual Landscape, Life and Still-life competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lovely selection of entries to choose from, which made voting rather difficult, but choices had to be made.

While the votes were being tallied, Lyn Northam and Wyn Rossouw gave a critique of the work submitted and a marvelous job they did too! Thank you Lyn and Wyn – not an easy assignment, but one you are both most qualified to fulfill. I’m sure all who attended got a lot of tips for improving their work.

 

We also had some sketch packs from Artsauce available for their annual “Sketch-Pack Project” – a zig-zag mini sketch pad with enough pages for a sketch a day for the month of August.

 

These completed sketch-packs will then be exhibited in the window of Artsauce for the month of October. I hope you all got yours?

 

The gift vouchers given to the three winners in each category for the evening were also donated by Artsauce. In addition to a voucher, each winner also received a quality canvas, kindly donated by Winsen’s Canvas. We had some very happy winners, taking home these lovely prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and the winners were…..In the Landscape Category – first was Beth Lowe with her oil painting of “Noordhoek Beach”, second was Craig Paton-Ash, with his drawing of “Muizenberg” and third, Grazyna Janik, with a painting of “Hout Bay Harbour”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Life category – first Penny Steynor’s pastel portrait of her “Old Friend”, second was Tressan Verramunder with his watercolour “No Smile” and in third place, Jinty De Villiers with her sketch –  “Finishing Touches”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Still-life category – first Penny Steynor with her watercolour “Class Project” and in joint second place, Grazyna Janik with her oil “My Winter Crop” and Margaret Munro’s watercolour “Tulips”.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to all our prize-winners – all wonderful work and well-deserved winnings.

 

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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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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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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.