Next Meeting Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Time: 11 am until 2 pm
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004. Parking in garage below the museum. Bring your lunch and any artwork you are working on or have recently completed.
What: Viewing of the CPSA 2019 International Exhibition slides complete with discussion about the artwork.
What's all the buzz about colored pencil and the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA)?
No longer a sketching tool, the colored pencil has come into its own. Viewers of works in this medium frequently proclaim, “I can’t believe it’s colored pencil!” The wax or oil based pencil can achieve the painterly effects of oil, airbrush, watercolor or pastel. Colored pencils come in sets of up to 120 different colors. The colors are applied in layers - as opposed to being mixed on a palette with a brush - and being transparent, allow the previous layers to show through. The working surface becomes the palette. It is not unusual to apply as many as 15 layers in the mixing process. This, not surprisingly, can take a long time. While some artists work more quickly than others, some spend over 100 hours on a piece. It is also not unusual for artists to combine colored pencils with other mediums such as watercolor, ink or pastel.
In addition to standard drawing techniques, colored pencil artists employ a variety of techniques to get the results they want such as:
Light Touch: Applying pencils lightly, allowing the texture of the paper to show through.
Burnishing: The forceful flattening of the paper by pencil or tool to create a smooth, solid layer of color.
Impressed Line: An indentation of lines into the paper using a variety of sharp tools.
Scraffito: The intentional scraping off of color from the surface of the paper.
Frottage: The rubbing of pigment over a raised surface to create interesting patterns.
Solvents: Dissolving the binder in the pencils, allowing the colors to run together. Water soluble colored pencils are used for similar effect.
Founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of colored pencil art and artists, the international CPSA is comprised of 26 district chapters across the US, and numerous artists worldwide. The Seattle District Chapter 207, founded in 1991, is a supportive network of artists who participate in informative meetings and other activities. We meet on the 2nd Saturdays of odd numbered months. The chapter sponsors regional shows and has hosted the CPSA International Exhibition three times.
To check on what's happening at the national level go to cpsa.org.