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.
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
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!
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/
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.
I have been working on this piece for a couple of months and finally I completed this today right in time to submit for the CPSA International show. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece, which is part of my Origami Series of Still-life. The batik fabric is from India and so are the marble elephants. After doing a lot of cranes in my previous Origami works, it was refreshing model an elephant and include that in my still-life.
Elephants are one of my most favorite animals, they are one of the strongest animals in the planet yet very lovable and gentle by nature. Elephants are also considered as a power symbol of commitment, royalty & strength.
Giant Reflections, 12 x 26, 100%colored pencils on grey ampersand pastelbord
I am really glad to be part of the DRAWING Exhibition, an invitational show by Roby King Galleries in Bainbridge island, WA. This show is part of their 25th anniversary and I am incredibly happy that they chose to have my work as part of their celebration. I will have two of my Origami pieces as part of this beautiful show.
11×14 on pastelbord
The show dates are March 6-28, 2015. Opening reception is on March 6 from 6-8pm.
The Explore this! 11 juried show is online! I am really glad to be part of this wonderful show. Congrats to all the artists and award winners.
” Each year CPSA ( Colored Pencil Society of America ) sponsors an exciting and innovative exhibition called “Explore This!” on its website every year. Artwork must be predominantly colored pencil and must include some element or technique that is unacceptable for the International Exhibition. This permits artists to experiment with various mediums and surfaces as well as three-dimensional, collage and relief artworks. ”