We will use Zoom for our meetings until the danger of COVID19 has passed. In addition to our regularly scheduled meetings on the second Saturday of odd numbered months, we have added a WIP meeting for the second Saturday of even numbered months. Chapter members will receive a Zoom email invitation link to all meetings. If you would like to invite a friend, let President Jan Fagan (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
August 8, 2020 at 11 am: Mid-Meeting Show & Tell Mixer! What piece/s of art have you recently completed or are working on? Do you need some help with a problem area, or suggestions for a title? Try to take either a picture or a scan of your work, and get the file onto your computer. Before the meeting, open up that image and minimize it. You will then be able to use the "Share Screen" function to fill up everyone's screen. This works better than holding the piece up to the computer camera. Even if it doesn't include colored pencil, we want to see it. Join us whether or not you have something to share; it's a fun get together. Chapter members will receive a Zoom meeting link via email.
September 12, 11 am: General meeting: PORTRAIT DRAWING led by David Kurle. Details TBA.
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.