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 “

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 ūüôā

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 Р22nd from 10:30 Р4:30 and last date to sign up June 12th, 2014

Date option 2 : Jul 11th Р12th from 10:30 Р4:30 and last date to sign up  July 1st, 2014



Back from Florida and show news!

I am back from Florida and I do have some great news to share. My piece Epiphany has been juried into the Richeson75 Online Still Life & Floral 2013. It has been selected as a finalist in the competition and will be included in both the online exhibit and in the hard-cover, full color exhibit book. The show goes line on Apr 3, 2013. I will be posting a link then.

I had a wonderful workshop weekend, not to mention an excellent dose of sunshine and watching the sunset at Dania beach! I couldn’t ask for more.. thank you so much Ft.Lauderdale chapter of CPSA for having me there. Everyone was so enthusiastic to learn my technique and they did a great job in completing the projects on both the days!!

Here are some pictures from my workshop :

Day 1 – Everyone intensely working away on their apples.



Everyone finished their apples by the end of the day and they looked so gorgeous! This workshop demonstrated my usual method of using Colored pencil and Neocolor II on Ampersand Pastelbord. The students got to work on White and Grey Pastelbords during the 2 days.


Day 2 – The silver was a challenge but everybody was on top of it.



And here’s are a few pictures of the beautiful Dania beach, my photos do very little justice to the colors of those beautiful waters –




Upcoming Color pencil possibilities workshop

I have been working on a commission piece as well as getting ready for my upcoming workshop in the sunny Florida! If you like to take colored pencils to a new level by using them on various surfaces like Pastelbord, wood and clay then this workshop is for you. There are still spaces left – click here for more information. Currently enrolled students get a slab of prepared clay surface to try there colored pencils on! Here’s a sneak preview of one of my ceramic projects about which I will be talking about during my 2 day workshop.

Workshop in Oregon


I am going to be having a one day workshop for the Portland CPSA chapter on 20th of September , 2008.  This one day workshop is all about my technique of using neocolors and colored pencils on pastelboard. I will be doing a step by step demonstration of a still life painting to explain the whole process. I am so excited since its my first workshop for a national chapter!. For more information about the workshop you can visit their website Рhttp://www.cpsa201.org/index.html