Thursday, September 19, 2013

Meeting Recap 8/24/13 - Draw In

I want to give a "Shout Out" to everyone for the marvelous paintings entered at St Mark’s Gallery! What a variety of subject matter and something to touch everyone. I am honored to be a part of this group of talented people!
Our meeting on Saturday, September 28th will be split into two parts. First, Rex Barron will do a program on underpainting. Secondly, members are invited to bring in a colored pencil work-in-progress for a kind and gentle critique. We all learn from one another and this is a great way to enhance our future paintings.
*A reminder the October meeting will be the election of new officers. The positions open are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Program Director
Have a super day!
Jeff Stephenson
President CPSA 219 - New Mexico

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Meeting Recap 5/25/13 - Drawing Shiny Surfaces with Mike Austin

Mike Austin did a wonderful job of showing how to create those shiny objects. Mike reminded us we draw what is in a mirror not the mirror itself. Light in objects, like mirror and chrome bumpers can be reflected straight back at us or distorted. He instructed us to make an impressed line for fine work, using a stylist or empty ball point pen cartage, and Mike’s example was his own drawing of a super guitar! Mike reminded us to notice if the objects are convex or concave. He told us the importance of doing a line drawing, and shading in the light areas first on the objects we are trying to draw. We had a wonder chance to put his advice to work too! It was an afternoon of experimenting drawing a chrome tea pot, silver ware or reflections in a mirror! Thank you, Mike, you did a super job!

*A shout out to Linda McKay, who brought permanent name tags for our group. This gives our new members a chance to know all of our names. Also want to thank Midge Kilgour & Philip for representing NM CPSA at the international show in Los Angeles!

  • Congratulations to Jean Thurow, whose work was accepted into the CPSA 2013 International Exhibition! Way to go and thanks for representing NM CPSA!
  • A reception will be held on June 7th (5-8pm) at the Old School House Gallery featuring Betty Luhnus! What a wonderful way to see Betty’s work and catch a cool mountain breeze. 
  • The Pastel convention will be held June 6th – 8th at the Albuquerque Hotel in Old Town. You don’t have to register for the convention to go see what the art venders are showing, it is a great way to pick up paper, brushes, a various art materials, and see what is new from the art suppliers. 
  • I know this is a repeat but have to give a shout out to all of our members who did well at MasterWorks Show last month: Rex Barron, Melinda Beavers, Barbara Nahler, Shirley Levy, Betty Lehuns, Audrey Minard, Midge Tosten Kilgour, Linda McKay, April Radill, and Corrine Armijo Vialpando! How exciting and what an honor to be associated with such a talented group of people!
  • A reminder we have an art show at St Marks on the Mesa. August 29th is the drop off date, and September 27th is the pickup date. 
Jeff Stephenson
President / CPSA – 219 – NM 

Meeting Recap 4/27/13 - Life Drawing at Masterworks

Meeting Recap 3/23/13 - Sharing Your Muse

Meeting Recap 2/23/13 - A Visit to Patrick Carr Imaging Studio

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cloudcroft Colored Pencil Workshop, June 3-7, 2013

CPSA-DC 219 Members!

There will be a colored pencil/watersoluble pencil workshop by Kristy Kutch in Cloudcroft, New Mexico June 3-7, 2013.
The air is clear and cool up in the mountains, the skies are an incredible blue, and it promises to be a week loaded with colored pencil techniques, tips, and sample supplies.

If you have any questions for the workshop director, please contact Jan Rasch, Should you have any concerns or questions about the content of the workshop, please email Kristy at .

Monday, March 4, 2013


A note of urgency about the up-coming MasterWorks show:

This is a wonderful arena to show what colored pencil is all about. This show has a broad following and a super place to show your great works. 

Entry Deadline is March 16th: Miniature Fine Artwork Entry Forms and all 
shipped Miniature Artwork must be received by this date and time. 
On March 23rd all non-shipped Miniature Fine Artwork entries are to be delivered to the Hispanic Arts Gallery at Expo NM, 9am-11am.

The address is PO Box 3055, Albuquerque, NM 87190-3055
The prospectus may be printed/downloaded here

We will have our monthly meeting at 12:30pm on the same day, at our usual location. We hope to make a strong presence for Masterworks and avoid the possibility of our category being eliminated in future shows.


Jeff Stephenson
President CPSA – 219 NM

Monday, February 25, 2013

Upcoming Member Event: Les Lamkin at the Old School House Gallery

As mentioned in our recent meeting, DC219 member and Treasurer, Les Lamkin, is colored-pencil-painting, painting, painting away to produce work for his upcoming one-man show at the Old School House Gallery!

We now have the date for the reception: March 8th, 5-8pm.

Let's all make the greatest effort to be there and support Less and the Old School House!

New Mexico Orchid Guild, Call for Entries

The New Mexico Orchid Guild is pleased to announce its second annual art exhibit, to be held during our spring flower show May 3-5, 2013. We would like to invite you to exhibit one to three pieces of your artwork in this year’s show. Art will be hung in the Shark Reef restaurant for two weeks at the botanic garden. No entry fee is required.

Click here, or on the image, to download the Call for Entries PDF. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ATTENTION: Santa Fe Pencilers

Are there any colored pencil artists in Santa Fe who would like to get together to paint with pencils? (once a week? twice a month? whenever?)
Lally Barnes Freeman has a casita that she uses as her studio and would be interested in inviting 2-3 colored pencil artists to join her on a limited basis. Come share the comraderie of other colored pencil painters!

Contact Lally if you are interested.

Sunday, February 3, 2013


REMINDER: Masterworks!

Just a little reminder that Masterworks is right around the corner! 
One of the Jurors in the Miniature Division had to withdraw. Taking her place will be Nancy Woods Tabor, which means Nancy will not be eligible to enter the colored pencil division of the miniatures. 
We are going to need a LOT of quality entries in the Colored Pencil division, so DC219: get to work! And happy creating!!

Meeting Recap 1/26/13 - CPSA's 2012 Exhibitions Review

Artwork on display!
CPSA DC219 had a great 2013 kick-off meeting last week!

We began with our usual meeting updates from Prez Jeff:

• First on the list is our full 2013 Meeting Calendar! If you didn't get one at the meeting, check it out here

• Next month we'll be visiting Patrick Carr's Studio where we'll learn all about digital imaging capture and output!
• Get your influences in order! March is MUSE MONTH, bring  examples of your favorite inspirational artwork, artists, etc!
• We have several shows on the schedule this year. Get yourselves prepared for:

APR: Masterworks Miniatures!
SEP: St. Mark's On-the-Mesa
OCT: DC219 Annual Showa t The Old School House Gallery
TBD: we're in the process of organizing a State Wide Colored Pencil Show. Volunteers from our group will be getting this process going ASAP.

SPECIAL REQUEST: Audrey Mindard is doing an Artist Trading Card presentation for kids and is looking for examples she can include! The event is in June, so if you have any you could lend, please bring them to the March, April, or May meetings. Audrey will return all cards at the July meeting.


After all that excitement, Rex set us up to watch the CPSA's 2012 Show Exhibitions, including the International Exhibition and Explore This! —*including all the award winners! It was a great opportunity to see all the gorgeous works in those shows. Bonus: Rex shared photos from his last trip to the big Flea Market Show in Oregon. They were some really cool and inspiration shots, thanks so much Rex!

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