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SASA Annual Selection Weekend

Our selection of work for the annual SASA exhibition at Kirstenbosch took place this past weekend – 18 and 19 July – at Rustenburg Girl’s High School in Rondebosch. We were prepared for a cold and wet Saturday, but were surprised by brilliant sunshine, although it was still pretty chilly early on, when the workers arrived.

All went very smoothly with the signing in and dropping off of paintings, with our assistants doing their assigned tasks quickly and efficiently. The rows and rows of empty chairs in the hall were rapidly filled with an astonishing number of beautiful artworks and their owners left with their hopes high, clutching their numbered slips of paper.

Then came Sunday – “judgement day” – with so many wonderful works of art to show to the judges, we were in for a long haul. Our three judges this year were professional artist, Robert Slingsby; Gallery owner and art curator, Lindy Van Niekerk; professional artist and gallery owner, Donna McKellar.

The judging also went well, with just one little hiccup when unscheduled load shedding put all the lights out. Not to be thwarted by this minor hitch, curtains were opened wide, tables turned to make use of all available natural light, pen and paper replaced computers and we were underway once more.

Mary and her team in the kitchen provided us with a wonderful lunch and lots of hot and cold drinks and snacky things to keep the energy levels up throughout the day. Thanks ladies!






Their last task was perhaps the most difficult job of the day for the judges. Once they had seen and scored all the hundreds of pieces of art, they still had to decide which deserved the awards. Each piece had to be carefully considered and each award had to be agreed upon by all three.

Thank you, judges, you did a great job.
















At last we could let the artists in to collect their work and see their scores. When the last painting had been collected and the hall returned to normal, it was long past dark and it was a weary bunch of workers who headed home that night.

Thanks to all who so happily offered your help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Life Drawing, July 11

Ghadija was our model on Saturday for this winter’s penultimate life drawing session. Her serene bearing and peaceful poses made for a lovely calm atmosphere and her fuller figure gave us a whole new, curvier landscape to sketch.








What a wonderful way to escape on a cold Saturday morning – nothing to do but sit and draw, with no distractions and no other demands made of you, a centering and meditative pastime, with positive results on paper.








Thanks everyone, for another productive morning of life drawing.









Remember there is no life drawing next Saturday, as it is the SASA annual Selection Weekend, but we’ll be back on the 25th for the last of our life drawing sessions for 2015.

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Life Drawing Session number 3!

We should have been sketching outside on Saturday 4 July – it was positively balmy for a mid-winter’s day in Cape Town! The scout hall in Newlands was full of artists and their energy, if not too much actual heat.


Our model this week was Desire, with whom most of our members are familiar, as she was one of their favourites from last year’s life drawing sessions.


She has an old fashioned elegance in face and manner, which lends itself most beautifully to life drawing poses.

Thank you Desire, for your poise and your patience. Our artists once again left with sketchbooks packed with inspiration and feelings of fulfillment from their morning’s work.


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Second Winter Life Drawing Session 2015

It was a crisp, cold morning on Saturday 27 June, when we met at the Newlands Scout Hall for our second life drawing session.








Well wrapped SASA members spent a wonderful morning concentrating on their pencils, pastels and paints, as they drew our marvelous model, Robyn.









Despite alternating between burnt and frozen, Robyn gave us some great poses to portray and the planes of her lean body were nicely accentuated by the lighting.

Thanks Robyn, for being brave and thanks again Lyn Northam, for the use of your equipment.

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Laura Wenman Winter Workshop

The second in our 2015 winter workshop series took place on Saturday 20 July at the Frank Joubert Art Centre.

For those who missed it earlier this year, Laura Wenman again shared with us her delightfully drippy oil painting technique. A technique that will loosen up even the tightest control freak.

It’s both fun and effective and the SASA members who took part enjoyed themselves immensely, while creating beautiful paintings and adding a new skill to their collection.

The end of the day saw smiling faces all round and contented artists heading home after a most  satisfying day.






Thanks Laura for a really worthwhile workshop.

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The first 2015 SASA Winter life drawing session










On Saturday 20 June a group of SASA members gathered at the scout hall in Newlands for the first of our winter life drawing sessions. We were lucky to have Kitty, with her high contrast “Mary Quant” look, as our model for the morning and everyone was captivated by her beautiful shapes and poses.

Though the hall was cold, we all soon forgot about that, as we became absorbed in our work and three very productive hours flew quickly by. Most of us could’ve carried on drawing all day.


A big thank you goes to Lyn Northam, for the use of her equipment, as well as all her advice and practical assistance. All in all, a great start to the season.