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CPSA District Chapter 210, San Jose, CA

Friday, June 22, 2012

Next Meeting

Saturday, August 25  11:00 AM
Gemma Gylling's home
3481 Priscilla Court, Valley Springs, CA
Please RSVP to Gemma at gemma@glassgems.net by Wednesday, August 22 so she can plan seating, etc.

Yes, it's a long way, but it will be worth the trip to the beautiful Sierra foothills!  

- Gemma will demonstrate how to draw with colored pencils on suede mat board
- Denise will summarize the CPSA convention and workshops and have product samples to try
- Show and tell with fellow members
- Last-minute planning for our chapter show which we'll be hanging just three days later

Carpooling is encouraged.  Denise lives in Santa Clara and has two available seats in her car - contact her at president@cpsa210.org if you'd like to ride along.  Check your chapter membership roster to see who lives near you, or contact Denise for help arranging a ride.  If you don't have a membership roster, email Linda Huffman at membership@cpsa210.org to get one.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer! Have you noticed that your Prismacolors are extra "creamy" in this weather?

I just realized it's been almost a month since our chapter meeting. Hopefully that means you're a month farther along on your entries for our chapter show in September! Watch for the entry forms to be available in the next week or so. We'll need some volunteers to help with registration, hanging, takedown, etc. so if you can help in any way, let me know. Our chapter is only as strong as its volunteers! And, even if you've never entered a show before, I encourage you to enter ours: it's a great way to "get your feet wet", and you'll be helping raise local awareness about colored pencil as a legitimate art medium, one of the goals of the CPSA.
The photo is me with the lovely starter set of Faber Castell Polychromos I recently won by getting the most right answers (19out of 20) in a "scavenger hunt" quiz on a Facebook group named "Colored Pencil Artists and Lovers." There is no affiliation whatsoever between it and the CPSA, but there are a lot of CPSA members on it and it's quite a nice resource for information about anything colored pencil related! Many folks post their new work as they finish, so it's like a non-stop revolving art show, too. So if you 're on Face Book, check it out.

You've already read the meeting minutes that Linda Loder sent out, but I want to reiterate what a great presentation Gil McMillon, owner of Accent Arts in Palo Alto gave us. If you weren't able to attend, you really missed out! Just when you think you've got a fair grasp of the materials available that work well for colored pencil, here's a man who's not only a walking encyclopedia of art materials, but is a working artist who has tried them all himself and has the lowdown straight from the manufacturers. I hope to have him back for a future presentation!

I'm going to be attending the national CPSA convention in Covington, KY July 31-August 4, so if you're not attending and there is anything specific you'd like me to report back about, please e-mail me and let me know. I will be representing our chapter so your concerns are our concerns!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 A.M. The best way to ensure you'll be able to attend is to host it! We don't have a location yet so if you'd like to host at your house/apartment or know of an economical (or better yet free) venue nearby, please contact me. We promise not to draw on your walls ... unless you want us to!

I want to give a shout-out this month to one of our hardest-working chapter members, Yevonne Reynolds. She's not only our webmaster, who undertook a complete overhaul of our website last year, she also is our graphic designer anytime we need a unique certificate, a chapter brochure, an entry form, a blog posting, you name it! Yevonne lives way up north in a rural area near Eureka so she's proof that you can be a very active member no matter how far from other members you live. Thank you for all you do, Yevonne!

Finally, on a technology-related note, I want you to promise you'll back up your computer files tonight. Yes, tonight. And then make sure your backup is good. Just do it. I am still recovering from a hard-drive crash on my main computer earlier this month. Of course all of my digitized artwork, art business files, e-mail, potential reference photos, etc. were on it! I had gotten out of the habit of regular backups over the past year, shame on me. Simply making backups doesn't solve everything, either — the last time I suffered a hard-drive crash, my backups were all bad because the drive was already going bad when they were created. It's costing me $2000 to try to have my files recovered this time. Don't let it happen to you! Once your original artwork is framed, sold and gone, it's not around to rescan.

Happy Drawing!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Prismacolor and the Sketchbook Project

Prismacolor and the Sketchbook Project are setting up shop in the Bay Area.
06/1,12 to 06/20, 2012
12:00 PM-12:00 PM
Sketch Book Project Pop-Up Library
1485 9th Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA  94607

June 1-20th, 1-5pm

Drop by our pop-up library to check out the 2012 sketchbook Project and Tour Mail, our new creative project we're sponsoring with our friends at the Art House Co-op, creators of the Sketchbook Project.

The Sketchbook Project is a library of personal sketchbooks featuring the work of thousands of creative-minded people traveling to 15 cities around the world. The 2012 World Tour, a project from Brooklyn's Art House Co-op with support from Prismacolor, invites the curious to peruse these unique works from talented people while being the first to experience Prismacolor's new Brush/Fine Art Markers.

You'll also get the chance to participate in Tour Mail, a new tour-wide project from Prismacolor and the Art House Co-op. Create a work of art with prismacolor markers, and it'll be delivered to a Sketchbook Project attendee somewhere in the world. In return, you'll get to pick a random envelope containing a piece of Prismacolor art from another attendee in a different state.

We'll be on-hand with free giveaways, and we'll also be demoing our new Prismacolor Brush|Fine Art Markers. Our Brush|Fine Art Markers are double-ended, and are perfect for making varied lines in just one stroke.

Please join this community of artists, designers and inspired creative people when the Sketchbook Project stops at a city near you.

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