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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gemma Gylling "Wolf" workshop

Our 2015 workshop was given by Gemma Gylling, CPSA, AFC at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore, April 18-19.  The subject was a timber wolf, on sueded mat board.  Gemma provided workbooks of step-by-step instructions so everyone could follow along at their own pace and easily finish their projects at home.  We learned not only the particulars of working on sueded mat board, but how to make fur look like fur and the texture of animal noses and mouths look right by including colors that one might not expect, like Blue Violet Lake.
Hard at work!

Working on the fur inside the wolf's ear

Gemma autographs a copy of her new book "CP Cats" for a student

Gemma demos a particular technique to some students

Happy progress at the end of the workshop!

Everyone's work was fabulous!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Highlights of February 2015 Chapter Meeting

Our February 21, 2015 meeting was at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. This might just have been our most fun yet!  We set up stations around the perimeter of the room for cutting, paper, sharpeners and erasers, pencils, Icarus boards, and miscellaneous tools.  In the center were our work tables.  We all milled around trying out supplies, tools and papers and getting tips from others who had experience with them already. Working on black paper, working with heat, working on sandpaper, working with solvent, working on suede mat board, the difference between wax-based and oil-based pencils, why Neocolor IIs are not “legal” for the CPSA International Exhibition, how the point from a Dahle sharpener differs from that from an Xacto sharpener, how working with solvent differs from using watercolors….  I think everyone went home with new knowledge and ideas!  Thank you to everyone who helped with setup and cleanup.

I am in charge of organizing our workshop by Gemma Gylling this year (April 18-19 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore). 

Mike Purdy is in charge of organizing our chapter show this year (September at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto), and the good news is, there will be no entry fee this year!  All work must be for sale (a term of our contract with PAL), and PAL will keep 30% of the sale price from PAL members, 40% from non-members.  Gemma volunteered to help Mike with the prospectus/entry form design.  He will need more volunteers later.

Maryann Kot is in charge of organizing our Livermore ArtWalk booth this year (October in downtown Livermore).

Mike Purdy is checking into a chapter 20th anniversary celebration at Campo di Bocce in Livermore.  Stay tuned for details on the date and time….

Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 30 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore, 11 AM - 3 PM.  We will have a set of mini-demos by several of our talented mmbers on techniques such as using ink for backgrounds and working on sanded paper.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Two DC210 Members' Works in Explore This! 11

Congratulations to DC210 members Denise Howard and Ranjini Venkatachari for having their work accepted into  "Explore This! 11"!
Autumn Contemplation by Denise Howard, CPSA, CPX
10"x14", colored pencil and Neocolor II

Metamorphis by Ranjini Venkatachari, CPSA, CPX
16"x20", colored pencil and Neocolor II

 "Explore This!" is the CPSA's annual online exhibition open to works that are at least mostly colored pencil but include some element that is not "legal" for the International Exhibition, such as the use of other media or artist-prepared surfaces.  In the case of both Denise's and Ranjini's entries, Neocolor II wax pastels are the addition.  The show will be viewable online from February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 here.

This is Denise's third "Explore This!" acceptance, which means she also earned her "CPX" signature status.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Big Awards for Two Members!

Marian Gault reports:
I entered my piece, "The Rose" in the current Los Gatos Art Association juried art show at the Jewish Community Center on Oka Road in Los Gators, and much to my surprise it received 1st Place in the Dry Media Category and a $100 award. It is fairly large, done in colored pencil and quite a few quotes about roses done in calligraphy. The show runs from Nov. 3, 2014 to Feb. 8, 2015 and has 95 pieces by 80 artists. My piece was also used at Filoli [Gardens] in all their publicity for the June-August calligraphy show by Pacific Scribes.
The Rose by Marian Gault, colored pencil and ink
 The juror said about the piece:
Going to a very technical art school myself and exploring many media over the years, I can appreciate someone who has mastered their craft. Marian's handling of the colored pencils is amazing and her calligraphy is beautiful. Take time to get up close with this piece, there's much to explore.
Congratulations, Marian!

But wait, there's more!  Gemma Gylling won Best in Show for her  piece Reflections in the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery Animals exhibition.

Reflections by Gemma Gylling, colored pencil
Congratulations, Gemma!

How wonderful to have pieces done in our favorite medium win out over pieces done in more established media like oil painting, watercolor, and pastels, and for the jurors of shows to recognize that excellent art is excellent art regardless of the medium.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Highlights of November 2014 Meeting

Our November 2014 meeting was held at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore, CA.  Since many of our current members are in the Livermore/Pleasanton area, we'll try to hold our meetings here for the foreseeable future.  It's a great facility with plenty of space and seating, and it's even art-focused.

Our members have been busy! We had lots of recognition to give:
  • Gemma Gylling: Best in Show in Colors of Humanity Art Gallery Animals Exhibition
  • Ranjini Venkatachari: Invited into Ampersand Art Supply’s 20th Anniversary Invitational 
  • Gemma Gylling and Denise Howard: included in “CP Treasures Vol. III” from Ann Kullberg
  • Denise Howard: included in “Strokes of Genius 7” from North Light Books
  • Denise Howard: finalist in Richeson 75 “Animals, Birds & Wildlife”
  • The winners in our chapter show: Denise Howard (1st, and Hon. Mention), Gemma Gylling (2nd), Chris Swetlin (3rd)
  • Andrea Myers, Gemma Gylling for helping with show reception
  • Everyone who participated in ArtWalk: Phil Dean, Gemma Gylling, Denise Howard, Maryann Kot, Vivi Leon, Andrea Myers, Joanne Spurr
I read aloud the nice letter we received from national ways and means director Melissa Miller Neece thanking us for contributing funds to the District Chapters Award for Excellence in this year’s International Exhibition.  I also read aloud the nice handwritten thank-you card from the winner of that award, Paul Van Heest.  (You can see his winning piece here:  http://cpsa.org/coloredpencilartists/22/awards2014.html )

We made some plans for 2015!
  • Next meeting: 
        Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.
  • Workshop:
        Back by popular request, we will host another two-day workshop by Gemma Gylling!
        Saturday and Sunday April 18-19, 2015
        Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore
        Subject: Wolf
There was also discussion about the possibility of having a one-day workshop in the fall.

    2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding our chapter, so we’d like to do something special to celebrate in observance.  A suggestion was made for a bocce ball outing since it requires no special skill or fitness and allows for socializing and dining.  Campo di Bocce has locations in Livermore and Los Gatos, and a couple of our members have connections at them, so they volunteered to check into it.

The Fun Stuff!

Steve Gray is a Livermore photographer who does a lot of digital image capture and fine art reproduction, including for a couple of pleased members of our chapter.  He gave a very interesting one-hour presentation about the factors that affect the fidelity of a digital image to the original artwork, and the additional factors that affect the fidelity of a print to the original artwork.  Color models, color spaces, printer profiles, calibration of monitors and scanners, type of paper being printed upon,   He also covered the basics of making your own digital captures via scanner or camera.  He had examples of a particular artwork reproduced from the same digital file on the same computer and the same printer but on different papers.  Some of the key takeaways:
  • Keep your digital image in as high-resolution of a format as you can for as long as you can—don’t throw away pixel data that you can’t get back.  RAW or TIFF are best.  JPG is worst because every time you open and re-save the file it recompresses the data, throwing away more information
  • For prints, the type of paper used can make a big difference in how closely the reproduction matches the original
  • Always keep backups of your digital image copies, preferably off-site like in a safe deposit box.
  • DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch) are not the same thing.  DPI refers to inkjet printing, PPI is for computer screens.
Steve was very free with information about how to do it all yourself; it just depends on how deeply into the technical aspects you want to get and how much of your time you’re willing to spend on it instead of creating more art.  If you’re interested in having Steve digitally capture and/or reproduce your artwork, his contact info is:  Steve Gray, St. John Imaging, stjohnimaging@gmail.com, (925) 292-5686

After Steve’s presentation, we viewed the CPSA DVD slideshow of this year’s International Exhiibition and award winners as well as the award winners from last year’s Explore This.  We applauded as the works of several of our several chapter members appeared on the screen!

We finished with “Show and Tell”, 11 drawings in states from in-progress to framed.  There was a wide variety of subjects and techniques on display and we all learned from the discussions.  For example, Mike Purdy is experimenting with grisaille, which involves making a monochromatic underpainting to settle the value range and then adding colors over the top.

Here are some photos from the meeting, courtesy of secretary Mike Purdy.  See you in February!

Steve Gray explains color spaces
Steve Gray presentation
Watching the CPSA International Exhibition slideshow DVD
During Steve Gray's presentation
Several of the "show and tell" pieces
Linda Loder - show and tell
Denise Howard - show and tell

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Explorations in Colored Pencil III" award winners

Thursday, September 4 was opening day for "Explorations in Colored Pencil III" at The Peninsula Gallery in San Mateo, and Saturday, September 6 was the opening reception. 

There are 24 pieces in the show by eight artists, all members of CPSA DC210:
  • Janki Chokshi
  • Phillip Dean
  • Gemma Gylling
  • Denise Howard
  • Andrea Myers
  • Mike Purdy
  • Christopher Swetlin
  • Ranjini Venkatachari
The show was juried for awards by accomplished painter Sheila Finch (www.SheilaFinchFineArt.com) , who shared that it took her more than two hours to make her decisions:  "I wish I could’ve had a few more prizes to pass out…  I had no idea this would be so hard!"  She remarked on the very high level of both skill and artistic value of all the pieces, which blew her away.

Here are the award winners!

1st Place and $100: "Don't Take the Bridge" by Denise Howard

2nd Place and $50: "Here's Lookin At Ya!" by Gemma Gylling
3rd Place and $25: "Watermelon" by Christopher Swetlin
Honorable Mention: "Tree of Character" by Denise Howard

Thank you to gallery owner Neeley George for arranging the show, the wonderful gallery employees who hung it, artist Sheila Finch for jurying for the awards, Andrea Myers and Gemma Gylling for managing the refreshments, and Chris Swetlin, Linda Huffman and Denise Howard for donating toward the refreshments.  An additional shout-out goes to Chris and his daughters for creating a beautiful Honorable Mention ribbon that's nicer than any store-bought ribbon!

For anyone who'd like to learn more about colored pencil as a fine art medium, on Saturday, September 20 1:00 - 2:30 PM Ranjini Venkatachari will give a presentation "Color Pencil Possibilities" at the gallery.  The presentation is free and no reservation is necessary.  Pass the word!