Well, it’s been several months since I posted in my blog. I have been very busy with finding my new home , moving and attending the CPSA 24th Annual Convention in Tacoma, WA. We had a fabulous convention this year and it was wonderful to meet my CPSA friends in Seattle DC 207. My piece “Giant Reflections” also received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in this show. The award winners can be viewed on the CPSA website – http://cpsa.org/2016awards . Thanks to all my friends who came to visit the opening! 🙂
Here’s my latest drawing, “Don’t sweat it”, on Ampersand pastelbord using colored pencil and neocolors. This piece is part of my fun floral series where I am trying to infuse humor into everyday flower scenes. My intention is to portray the flower out of it’s natural state and explore how life extends beyond the subject. In everyday life we all need a dose of humor now and again to get us back in touch to our child within. So I hope this brings a smile to you today. A smile is a contagious thing – Give one to the world and the world will give it right back to you!
Don’t Sweat It! – 18×24 Colored pencils and Neocolors on Ampersand Pastelbord
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
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
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!
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!