Thursday, December 13, 2012

REMINDER: CPSA Holiday Party on Saturday!

One more time:

Place: The Stephenson House
Time: 1:00-300pm (One to three in the afternoon)
Date: Saturday, December 15th
What to bring: Finger foods and/or sweets

*Ornament exchange for those who wish to participate. (in a gift bag)
Please RSVP Prez Jeff for address, contact & directions.
We are excited to see everyone!
*Feel free to bring a guest!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

CPSA – 219 Holiday Party!

Place: The Stephenson House
Time: 1:00-300pm (One to three in the afternoon)
Date:  Saturday, December 15th
What to bring: Finger foods and/or sweets

*Ornament exchange for those who wish to participate. (in a gift bag)
Please RSVP Prez Jeff for address, contact & directions.
We are excited to you everyone!
*Feel free to bring a guest!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meeting Recap 10/27/12 - Mixed Media!

CPSA DC219 had a great meeting a few weeks ago!
We began with our usual brief meeting - Updates from Prez Jeff:
  • Name tags were in effect!
  • Reminder: deadline for entering Explore This! 9 is Nov 15.
  • Reminder: Our Old School House Annual Group show is upon us ("Beauty and the Beast" that will encompass an overall theme of "Animals")! Drop off will happen in the next week or so. The reception is Nov 9th 5-9pm.
  • We're also planning a Holiday Party for December. It will not be an official group meeting, just an informal get together to celebrate the season. Details to come.
  • There will be no NOVEMBER MEETING , enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
  • Please note: There is a new "Follow by Email" form in the right sidebar of this blog. This will allow you to automatically receive an email update every time there is a new post to this blog. Melinda will still send email updates until a significant number of our members are able to sign up for the auto-email updates.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

REMINDER: Upcoming Meeting (10/27)

Hello CPSA 219 Members!

Our October 2012 meeting is nearly upon us. This Saturday, Oct. 27th 12:30-3:00pm, we'll be meeting at the usual place and discussing colored pencil and mixed media techniques in preparation of the upcoming Explore This! 9 submission deadline (Nov. 15th).

This meeting/discussion is very much dependent on member participation, so please come prepared to share your ideas… or go one better and bring works-in-progress to share, and possibly any mixed-media pieces you've completed in the past. Also, bring various supplies & materials so we can all experiment together.

Apologies for the late reminder, our late-year programs have been a bit more difficult to coordinate than usual.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Let us all have a say…

I'm posting a message here to encourage blog commenting. In the past, I had set the comment area to have a verification message, discouraging spam comments. This verification window usually showed jumbled letters and/or numbers that were difficult to read, which I'm sure was discouraging for some of you. Blogger does a pretty good job of recognizing spam comments and hides them for me to delete at a later time – so I've removed the verification process from our comments.

Another obstacle is the "sign-in". You don't have to be signed-in to anything to make a comment. Here are the four options for identifying yourself in the bog comment section:

Google ID – if you have gmail or an account on G+ for example
OpenID – if you have a accounts with either
WordPress, LiveJournal, TypePad or AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)

Name/URL – This allows you to simply type in your own name
and attach a website link to it.
No sign-in required, you can put whatever you want!
You don't even NEED a website – just put in your name!

Anonymous – click this and you can just post a comment,
no strings attached!  However, we would like to know
who is making comments, so if you use this option,
please do type your name at the end of your
message so we know who you are!

If you have any questions about the process, I encourage you to ask them here, in the comments section! If you still can't get it to work, feel free to email me directly with specific questions.

melinda beavers, CPSA
DC 219, Secretary

Monday, September 24, 2012

Request for Program Ideas: 2013

As discussed at our meeting this past Saturday, we are looking for member idea contributions for the 2013 Program Schedule. With your input, perhaps your board can plan things a bit better next year, well in advance!

So, please folks, use the comments section at the bottom of the post to add your thoughts and ideas, and communicate with each other so we can plan the best program possible for next year!

Meeting Recap 9/22/12

 CPSA DC219 just had a another great meeting!
We began with our usual brief meeting - Updates from Prez Jeff:
  • While checking for those in attendance that might be new, we decided we should probably waring name tags! Prez Jeff's going to make sure that's taken care of. ;)
  • The deadline for entering Explore This! 9 is coming up. We had a few prints of the prospectus, but you can also download/view it here.
  • Blog updates: Several members expressed an interest in adding a member gallery to our blog. Melinda will be looking into that and posting a message soon about image specs.
  • Reminder: Our St. Mark's Show is ending, please pick up your work on 9/28 10am – 1pm.
  • Your Board is in the midst of planning our Annual Group Show at The Old School House Gallery in November. We have given the show a name, "Beauty and the Beast" that will encompass an overall theme of "Animals". Details will be posted here on the blog as soon as they are available.
  • We're also planning a Holiday Party for December. It will not be an official group meeting, just an informal get together to celebrate the season. We're exploring ideas for location/venue – please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section (at the bottom of this post)!
  • Our OCTOBER MEETING will be a member-based group activity on mixed media techniques, in preparation for the Explore This! 9 entry deadline on Nov. 15th – as well as our upcoming Schoolhouse Gallery show (Beauty and the Beast). So please remember to bring a project your working on, mixed media materials, and be prepared to share a bit of your process with the group!
  • Our NOVEMBER MEETING is still to-be-determined.


Nancy Wood Taber

Nancy Wood Taber shared a wealth of experience and information with us: how she started back in the day with straight-up graphite and eventually graduated to colored pencil via a special request on a project she was hired to work on. Her work as always been focused on animals and she enjoys exploring Shamanic themes. She explained how her highly detailed work can take days or weeks, depending on how the individual piece "talks to her" and how much time that piece demands that she spend with it. She photographs all her own reference images using her Canon EOS 7D camera (man, what a beautiful piece of technology!). Through her process of blending and using solvents (her solvent of choice is terpenoid), she discovered that paper just wasn't think enough, so she explored working directly on matt board. She now uses Cresent 1607, BRITE WHITE

 Nancy shared a lot of specific tools and some demonstrations with us as well.

Nancy answered a lot of questions as well, she gave us more details on her process, the development of her career, and some snippets on the business side of being an artist.

  • The largest piece she ever worked on was about 24"x28"
  • She prints limited edition giclee prints under 13" on her own printer
  • She has any print larger than 13" producted at Carr Imaging
  • She has traveled all over to sell her wares at various art shows over the years, but recently she's been scaling back on the travel and putting more into her online visibility and a website, creating an online shop to sell her work.
  • As for marketing, she used to advertise in Southwest Art, but even with a group of artists, the expense eventually outweighed the returns.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

REMINDER: Upcoming Meeting (9/22)

One of our favorite colored pencil artists, Nancy Wood Taber, will be the visiting featured artist at our September 22nd meeting. Many of you are already familiar with Nancy's beautiful colored pencil work depicting animals & nature in rich, luminous layers of pigment. Nancy's association with Chapter 219 goes way back -- she was a member when we first started and through the years has been a participant and judge in our local shows. Her work has been shown and honored nationally & internationally and has been the recipient of CPSA awards. To learn more about Nancy and her art visit

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Special Meeting Follow-Up & Prismacolor Information

Images from our Special evening meeting with Shelly Minnis from Primscolor!

8.5" x 11" Color Chart to Print-Out and Fill-In Yourself!

Primscolor's own Lightfast chart

Shelley let us know this product is on HOLD due to a manufacturing change.
They don't know when it will be fixed, but the issue is being addressed.

18 New Premier Prismacolor Pencils

PC 1011 Deco Yellow
PC 1013 Deco Peach
PC 1014 Deco Pink
PC 122 Permanent Red
PC 208 Indathrone Blue
PC118 Cadmium Orange Hue
PC 109 Prussian Green
PC 120 Sap Green Light
PC 289 Grey Green Light
PC 105 Cobalt Turquoise
PC 103 Cerulean Blue
PC 133 Cobalt Blue Hue
PC 140 Eggshell
PC 195 Pomegranate – formerly known as Thio Violet
PC 132 Dioxazine Purple Hue
PC 1035 Neon Yellow
PC 1036 Neon Orange
PC 1038 Neon Pink 

Friday, September 7, 2012

SPECIAL MEETING! (Wednesday - 9/12/2012)

On Wednesday, September 12th, at 7:00 p.m. Prismacolor representative Shelly Minnis will show us the latest in colored pencils! For those members who attended her program two years ago, you know this will be a great meeting and opportunity to learn more about our medium of choice.

Shelly also brings the latest in colored pencils and many samples! I know meetings during the week are tough but this is one meeting you won't want to miss!

Looking forward to seeing you all September 12th, 7:00 p.m. at our new regular meeting place at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church!

Sincerely Your Prez,
Jeff Stephenson
President, CPSA - DC219

Friday, August 17, 2012

Upcoming Meeting (8/25)

Russ Ball is a man-for-all-seasons artist. He is perhaps best known as the brilliant illustrator for the Albuquerque Journal where we have enjoyed his colorful and whimsical illustrations since 1978. As with his other forms of art, those illustrations are multi-dimensional. They have subtle messages and meanings beyond the engaging art work. He created the 2006 balloon fiesta poster and regularly shows at Weem's Art Fest. Russ works in many mediums -- oil, watercolor, pastel, egg tempra, colored pencil, etc. -- and very often uses a mixed media approach involving a variety of interesting textures. He will share some of these techniques with us at our August meeting as well as some thoughts about how he approaches his art. You won't want to miss this one. For more about the artist visit to view his work.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Hello CPSA 219 NM members!

The drop off date for St Mark's art gallery is:

Friday, July 27th between 10am and 1pm.

The opening reception will be on:
Sunday, July 29th from 12pm to 2 pm.

St. Mark's on-the-Mesa, Episcopal Church
431 Richmond Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

I Look forward to seeing all of you and the great art work from our members!

Sincerely Your Prez,
Jeff Stephenson
President, CPSA - DC21

Opening Reception Info

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meeting Reminder & President's Message

Hi Folks!

Our July 28th meeting will be a "Paint - In" plus a program by Granville Chorn. Granville is a former Vice President of our chapter and a devoted member of CPSA NM, DC 219. Granville will demonstrate a different technique working with markers over colored pencil to deepen the colors. I am looking forward to seeing what Granville has achieve in his own art work and learning new techniques to enhance our own skills & knowledge of colored pencils.

See you all there on July 28th at 12: 30 p.m.

Sincerely Your Prez,
Jeff Stephenson
President, CPSA - DC21 

Drop off for St. Mark's on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church is July 27th between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meeting Reminder & President's Message

Our next meeting is this Satuday, June 23rd at the new time of 12:30

Remember our new home is at: 
Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church
8600 Academy Rd NE

This meeting is one of our annual 'Paint-in' events. We will all paint on our own work-in-progress, and enjoy each other's company. 

*Be sure to bring goodies to share as we work. I prefer chocolate chip cookies… but no pressure. ;)

I look forward to this meeting every year as a time to paint and learn!
See you all on Saturday!

Sincerely Your Prez,
Jeff Stephenson
President, CPSA - DC21 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meeting Reminder & President's Message

Vanity, Martin Vela, 2007
Colored pencil on museum board
A note from the Prez,

Hello to the talented artists of NM CPSA-219! I can’t believe how time flies and our next meeting is this Saturday, May 26th! Please take note of our new location and time for the monthly CPSA meeting on the CPSA Blog.

We are fortunate to have Martin Vela coming to visit us. Martin's artwork has won prizes in shows organized by the Colored Pencil Society of America, The Colored Pencil Society of New Mexico, and the United Kingdom Colored Pencil Society. Martin will be sharing his insight into the world of art in various media. In Martin’s own words “My works are attempts to recreate naturally occurring optical effects – effects of light and reflection and shadow, and of color and surfaces.”

Members who remember the 2006 International CPSA Convention here in Albuquerque may already know Martin and recognize what an incredible opportunity this is. It'll be a meeting you will not want to miss!

Sincerely Your Prez,

Jeff Stephenson
President, CPSA - DC219

Sunday, May 6, 2012

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our New Permanent Meeting Location

Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church: 8600 Academy Rd. NE, 87111

See you on May 26th - NEW TIME 12:30 - 3pm

Meeting Recap 4/28/12: Still Life & Life Drawing On-Location at Masterworks

Welcome to our new and improve blog! I hope things are still easy to find in the new arrangement.

What a fabulous CPSA DC219 meeting we had last week - We met at the Masterwork Show at the Hispanic Arts Building at Expo New Mexico, where CPSA members got to choose from three still life set ups or a model for life drawing (*Many thanks to our fabulous volunteer model, Phil Kilgour). Bonus: we got to the fabulous Masterworks show in all it's glory, on its very last day!

We began with our usual brief meeting - Updates from President Jeff:
• Reminder - the CPSA National Convention will be taking place in Covington, KY from July 30th - August 4th this year. A financial stipend is available for a single member that would like to attend as a representative of our chapter, please contact President Jeff if you are interested.
• We were reminded that our permanent meeting location is moving to the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church starting at our next meeting, May 26th. (location details will be also posted in a separate blog)
• A Mailing List of member contact info was handed out. Email Treasurer Les if you need one or would like your information added-to or updated-on the list.
*Please note that the member list appearing on the right sidebar is updated - former members, that have not renewed their local membership, names' have been removed. I will also be updating my email list - if your name does not appear on this list (and/or you have not provided an email with your contact information on the list) you will no longer receive email notices about blog updates from me.

Mike Austin shows off some of his NEW WORK!

President Jeff checks his notes and a sampling of our life drawing set-ups

Members & guests in action!

Results! Lots of Cowboys fighting over one horse. ;)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

News: National Convention Details

President Jeff will be bringing three hard copies of the convention information to the meeting this Saturday for those without computers. 

Click on this image to link to a complete version of the printable/downloadable PDF document.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Various News & Updates

The Orchid Society Flower Art Show at the ABQ Bio-Park: Original guidelines stated that artworks could not be sold. After some discussion with the Orchid Guild and the restaurant at the Botanic Garden artists will be allowed to sell their paintings during the show.

• The ABQ BioPark’s Botanic Garden has invited CPSA-DC219, to participate in the 2012 National Public Garden Day at the botanic garden. Mayor Berry has been asked to sign a proclamation for May 11 recognizing the importance of public gardens. Better Homes and Gardens is including the garden on its website as a location that offers free admission for the day, if the pass from BH&G’s website is downloaded. We would need volunteers to submit artwork to be displayed, man our table and hand out our brochures, as well as a member or two willing to draw publicly around the park (which really wouldn't be much different than our meeting back in January).

Please contact President Jeff if you're interested in participating in this event.

Don't Forget! Our next meeting will be ON LOCATION at the Masterworks Show, on April 28th. We will be drawing from Life, choose between a model or still life presentation, or both!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Meeting Recap 3/24/12: PORTRAITS with FRED MILLER

One more CPSA DC219 meeting day has passed - and wow, did we pack it full of news, events, and information! Oh, and a little bit of art too. It was a packed-house at The Artist Studio at Hoffman Town Center this past weekend, where CPSA members got an exclusive portrait presentation from renowned local artist, Fred Miller. Bonus: we got to see a couple of our members' work spaces at the Studio!

We began with our usual brief meeting :

Updates from President Jeff:
• We received a very official Thank You note from CPSA National, for our donation to the 8th Annual Explore This! awards funds. (a copy of this letter will be posted in a separate blog post shortly)
• We are reminded that our permanent meeting location is moving to the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church starting in May. (location details will be also posted in a separate blog post shortly)
• Will we have a Mailing List of member contact info made available to all local members? Please voice your opinion, either in the comments section of this post, or email President Jeff and give him a piece of your mind!
• For anyone that wasn't able to join us at the meeting, or for anyone that just didn't get enough, The Artist Studio is having an Open House on April 1st, 1-5pm.
• MEMBER ACHIEVEMENTS:Our chapter's own, Mike Austin, received a Second Place award form the VA National Medical Center of Albuquerque's Art Show, for one of his lovely colored pencil pieces. Congratulations Mike!

After all the business stuff was out of the way, we took a short break to chat and explore a few of the artist spaces, including our own members' spaces - Ann Jeffries and Barbara Nahler:

Then it was time for Fred Miller to share just a snippet of his vast experience and knowledge of portraiture. Here are a few image collages of the presentation:

I invite to you share any important points or tips, that stood out to you from the presentation in our comments section below!