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.
On Thursday evening, the 28th of June, Angela Zehnder joined us at the Athenaeum to tell us a bit about her role in the conservation and restoration of paintings at the South African National Gallery.
Angela gave a talk, illustrated by slides, giving us a glimpse into the fascinating world of art restoration. We were shown how the use of X-rays and infra-red light exposes layers beneath the painted surface, telling tales of previous concepts and compositions toyed with by the artist, before settling on the image we see.
Or perhaps an incongruous support, like the lid of a biscuit tin we see under the painting in one of Angela’s slides.
Angela stressed the importance of correct display and storage of a painting – such as keeping humidity levels controlled and light gentle – to prevent deterioration. She also touched on methods of repairing damage to works not stored correctly and removing layers of discoloured varnish to reveal the original freshness of the paint beneath.
Her subject is vast – too much to cover in one sitting – but we were given a taste of what is involved. Thank you Angela, for an interesting evening.
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.
Tony Durrheim, expert in painting water in all its forms, will be giving a workshop at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands on 21 July, using acrylics and oils. For more info, please see the June SASA newsletter.
At the SASA members’ meeting on Thursday 28 June our guest speaker will be Angela Zehnder, who will be giving a talk on restoration of art in South Africa. If you’re at all interested in the history of painting, this is not to be missed!
At our members’ meeting on May 31, we were treated to a fascinating demo by Mel Elliot. He showed us his 10 step plan for “building” a landscape in oils, using acrylic paints for the under painting and first several layers.
It’s not until he gets to step 6 that he starts using oil paints and the contrast between the two media is remarkable. The acrylic looks flat and dull when juxtaposed with the singing colours and bright lights of the oils, but as Mel pointed out, the acrylics are good for mid tones and the contrast is effective.
Mel has a wonderfully relaxed and chatty manner, as he paints, which kept everyone entertained, while thoroughly absorbed in watching the painting develop.
Judging by the amount of note-taking that went on, this is one demo that our members do not want to forget…..so many tips and hints to take away with us and start trying out for ourselves.
Mel also shared some very valuable marketing points, such as the importance of a good frame, to make a painting more attractive and saleable.
Thanks Mel, for a most interesting and inspiring evening.