Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Materials Suggestion: Blick Studio Pencils

Does everybody know that Dick Blick (the online art supplier) has their own brand of colored pencils? They seem indistinguishable from Prismacolors and 25-30% cheaper.
-Betty Lehnus

Yes it's true! Dick Blick does have their own brand of colored pencils and they look good. Price listing is as follows:

Set of 12: $8.99
Set of 24: $17.49
Set of 36: $25.99
Set of 49: $39.83
Set of 72: $54.99

Single Pencils are $.75 (up to 12)
Mix & Match for bulk discounts: 12-23 at $.69 ea. and 24+ at $.64 ea.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Member Question: Betty Lehnus

I would love to have some guidance from our members on burnishing. I often get a kind of 'greasy' look instead of a nicely polished surface when I try to burnish. Have used both a colorless blender and the "marker" with solvent in it . . . what am I doing wrong? Too much pigment? Too much blending-burnishing? Something else entirely?

I found several web pages detailing tips and techniques on the subject:
Moores Art Gallery
Google Book Search 1
Google Book Search 2
Colored Pencil Art by Christine Taylor
Moores Art Gallery

Gary Greene offers workshops and several instruction/technique books.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Welcome, DC 219 members, to our very own blog! Many of you may be asking what we can use a blog for and why we need one. Blogs are great for keeping on touch with group members, sharing and commenting on each other's current work, making announcements, and generally having a good time online - all in between meetings!
All members are welcome to become blog authors, meaning you can create your own posts whenever you'd like! If you're not sure about it, please feel free to email me directly, with an image and written description, and I can make posts for you.
Great to be here and let's start posting!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

March 22 Meeting: Critiques by Martin Vela

Hi There, even though our meeting was on Easter weekend, we had nineteen in attendance. The program was great (as usual). Martin Vela, well-known colored pencil artist, critiqued paintings that members brought to the meeting for that purpose. Being the fine artist that he is, the comments and suggestion were excellent and well received.