Silent Auction CPSA

Summer has started and I have been crazy busy with a lot of stuff. I have some big news coming up soon!
Every year Colored Pencil Society of America has it’s Annual Convention where they invite 30 + artists to donate their work for Silent Auction called “Small Works of Great Magnitude” .  The convention is happening this year at Daytona Florida for more information visit –

I was very glad to to be invited this year also to be part of this wonderful Exhibit. I decided to try a new surface and used the Canson Touch paper for this one. It’s very similar to the colorfix and I really liked it. This piece was created a bit differently, I used all CP’s and blended it using the heat gun and added Neocolor II on top as a final layer. It went on really fast ! So I might adapt to this method soon.

Paper to Petal- 8×10





June magazine feature and New Class info

I would like to thank Ann Kullberg for featuring my work “Metamorphosis” in the gallery section of her June issue of CP magazine. Thanks so very much Ann. It’s loaded with a lot of great stuff and makes a wonderful read for any artist, click here to get your copy!

I haven’t been spending a lot of time with my pencils, between designing a website for my friend’s company and handling ArtSpectations life has been a bit busy. I hope to get some work started this week, let’see :-)

I am also going to be teaching an introductory two day Colored pencil workshop at Little Artist’s studio in Cupertino . It will be a two day workshop where you get to learn the possibilities of this versatile medium on paper, pastelbord , wood and clay. It’s $300/person for two days and includes all the supplies. Space is limited to just 10 people!!  email me( ranjinivenkatachari (at) gmail . com ) with the possible date as soon as possible to secure your place.


Date option 1  : June 21st – 22nd from 10:30 – 4:30 and last date to sign up June 12th, 2014

Date option 2 : Jul 11th – 12th from 10:30 – 4:30 and last date to sign up  July 1st, 2014



Spring Sale – Mother’s day Special !10% off Giclee prints

My Giclee prints are all 10% off starting today up until the Mother’s day weekend !!( 05/02/14 – 05/11/14) .

Click here to browse the collection of prints through Fineartamerica on my website or visit my Facebook page and click on Shop. Choose from Canvas, Art print, Metal print to Greeting Cards. Please use AMDJJP at check out . The code is good through this week until Mother’s day, give the gift of art to someone you love, so hurry!!





What’s happening

I know I haven’t being a lot of art lately..I had been unpacking , setting up my studio, traveling, exploring the bay area art scene and catching up with my friends. I did find a couple of art groups here which I am a part of now, one is the Sunnyvale Art club and second is the FALC (Fine art League of Cupertino). I just got juried into FALC as their member during the April meeting.

I also won the first place in the Sunnyvale Art club monthly members show this month due to which I got to hang my piece at the Bean Scene Cafe in downtown Sunnyvale. The piece will be on display there for a month.

I am also getting ready for my workshop this weekend in Tucson with the TCPAA- . It’s always a pleasure to share the love of Color pencil with so many people. I am so looking forward to it :-)

I have more announcements coming your way soon, I will be having a spring sale  of some of my older work for bargain prices! stay tuned!

Richeson Still Life show and Upcoming workshop

It’s the eight year anniversary of my blog this month and I would like to thank all my followers and supporters! So my move to California is finally done and I am settling in my new place. The weather is amazing and it’s so nice to see the blue skies everyday.

I am really pleased to share that my work titled “Exotic Serenity” was one of the pieces juried into the Richeson Still Life online juried show. The show opened last week and will be available online here – . I am also very glad to learn that my piece is one of the only two colored pencils works in the show.

Also I have an upcoming two day workshop “Colored Pencil Possibilities” with the Tuscon Colored Pencil Association ( on April 25th and 26th in Tuscon,AZ .  Space is limited so if you live in the area and would like more information contact Virginia Caroll ( vcarroll42 (at) )


Pear Perfection

To keep up with my sanity in between this hectic interstate move I kept some of my pencils and a small pastelbord with me hoping I will have to do one small piece before I leave the evergreen state. I picked my favorite subjects of silver and Pears and completed this piece today, its 8×10 on tan pastelbord. It’s all color pencils since I packed up my neocolors. One more week before we begin our trip down south.

Colored pencil art still life