Upcoming Workshop at University Art Store, San Jose

I am getting ready for my upcoming workshop coming up on February 21 at University Art Store. The workshop will focus on creating shiny surfaces on #Ampersand Pastelbord using my usual technique of Neocolor II and colored Pencils. I will be explaining the tips and tricks on how to use minimal colors to render reflective surfaces. We will also discuss how to varnish and frame colored pencil works to avoid using glass over them.

Here are the details, please call the store to sign up, hurry!

Venue : University Art , 456 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
“Colored Pencil Magic – Learn to create silver “

Pigments of my Imagination – A Self portrait

My first work for this new year is my self-portrait with a twist. I had so much fun working on this as it was a big departure for me in terms of subject and style. I feel as an artist, stretching your limits and working outside the comfort zone is a necessary experience. We should never be afraid to make mistakes since they are our greatest teachers. I was very happy with the way this turned out and enjoyed both the result and the process of creating it.

Pigments of my Imagination – 9×12 , Colored pencils and Neocolor II on Uart mat board


Year in review

2015 has been a very productive year for me. I had several milestones that I was happy about in my art as well as my business. I was happy to earn Five year merit signature status and win an award in the International CPSA show, my two person show and group show in the East bay galleries were a hit. I also had a very successful workshop in U-art store in San Jose. Personally, I learnt several lessons and feel a bit more wiser :-)

Looking ahead in 2016, I have my workshop in U-art store coming up again in February and I have some very exciting news that I will be sharing very soon, once it becomes official. I want to take this time to reflect and thank all the life’s blessings I was able to experience in the past year.

Thanks to all new followers to my blog and facebook page. I wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2016!


My art news

I have been busy with several things in my work and personal life that I did not have any time to write a blog post. I had a two person show at the #Sanramon Community Center which went really well. Thanks to Tri-Valley publications I was interviewed for a half-page article featuring my work on their newspaper – http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/zz/20150908/NEWS/150905311

I then took a vacation to Montreal & Quebec which was a fantastic experience! I am yet to download the pictures from my camera for this one.

On October 7, I had my woks at the Livemore Art Walk with my fellow CPSA 201 San Fancisco chapter members, sold a couple of prints and made some good contacts.

livermoreartwalk1 livermore2

I do have a few of announcements to make, I will be participating in the Triton Museum Holiday Bazaar on Dec 5th. I will be posting more information regarding this event a later date. I will be having my second workshop at UART in San Jose sometime in January , stay tuned regarding the details.


Our Seattle District chapter of CPSA has come up with the Northwest Colored Pencil Tips Book! We did this several years ago and it was a fantastic hit that we had to do a second one. This book contains tips from 55 artists, chock full of information, tips, techniques covering various surfaces and methods. If you like Color pencil then this is a must have! Our editors Pam Belcher and Sheila Theodaratos have dedicated a lot of time and effort into putting this one together. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful venture. My article is about “Stretching your Boundaries- overcoming the Artist’s block”. You can order this book online here – http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/989402?__r=339077&s=w



23rd International CPSA show

I had a fabulous time at the Convention this year. It was great to meet all my old friends and make new ones. My piece “Genealogy” won the Award of Distinction plus I won the Five year merit award this year.  Just a few more days left to see this fabulous show at the Oglethorpe Museum of Art in Atlanta!


California State Fair

My piece “Giant Reflections” has been juried into the California State Fair fine art exhibit. It’s one of the only four colored pencil pieces in the show. This visual arts exhibition is recognized as one of the Golden State’s largest and most prestigious juried art shows.The show opens July 10th @ Sacramento – http://www.castatefair.org/fineart/

This piece was also chosen in the Fav 15% for April in ‪#‎Faso‬ ‪#‎boldbrush‬competition – http://faso.com/boldbrush/fav15/163.

Giant reflections

Also, earlier this month I had a wonderful time at the Black Hawk, Gallery in Danville with the opening of Rhapsody Exhibit.


New Floral work

It’s spring and I really miss visiting the Tulip festival back in Washington. I used to go there every year and always enjoyed looking at the beautiful bed of tulips. Hopefully I will get to go there next year.

I actually started this piece on the Canson Mi-tientes Touch paper and I had a very difficult time working on that support. It did not do well with wet media plus I could not add a lot  of layers of  colored pencils. So I went back to my favorite support, the  Ampersand pastelbord.

I decided to give a humorous twist to this piece , here’s “Relationship Anxiety” – 12 x 16 neocolors and colored pencils on grey pastelbord.

.Relationship Anxiety