Monday, 29 August 2011

Brian Ainsworth - Ken Bromley Catalogue cover competition

Congratulations to UKCPS member, Brian Ainsworth, who was Runner-Up in the recent 'Ken Bromley Art Supplies' cover competition with his fine drawing of a Snow Leopard. [seen on right]

Brian's prize is £100 worth of Winsor & Newton goods.

Brian said "I was delighted to be a runner up, especially as the competition was decided by a people's vote. It is also pleasing that people can see
what can be produced with coloured pencils."

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Complete Colored Pencil Book - review

UKCPS Signature Member, Pauline Longley, [see other posts re Pauline], has read and hereby reviews the new version of  Bernard Paoulin's book: 'The Complete Colored Pencil Book' [see my post of 8th August] for fellow readers of this blog:

Title:  The Complete Colored Pencil Book
Author:  Bernard Aimé Poulin
Publisher:  North Light Books
Originally published in 1992
New Revised edition 2011
Bernard’s original book first inspired me to buy a complete set of artist coloured pencils and have a go. Ten years on I still enjoy browsing the pages for inspiration and marvel at his beautiful portrayal of children.  The new revised edition has a few picture changes and the layout a little more eye catching but the text information is much the same.
For those who don’t have a copy of the original, this book is ideally suited for the beginner as well as those with more experience.  It gives advice on types of pencil, drawing surfaces and useful tools as well as demonstration on techniques: layering, burnishing, creating darks and working from photographs.   There are examples of other coloured pencil artists work as well as plenty of Bernard’s own.
This is a book I would not be without.
Pauline Longley
August 2011

Karen Coulson - Open Studios

Signature member Karen Coulson, has passed on a bit of news regarding Open Studios in Hampshire:

Hi Everyone.
Just wanted to plug Open studios in Hampshire which started today and ends the 29th August.
There are a few of our members taking part.
Liz Diggins is sharing with me in Romsey and we close at the end of the day on the 26th in order to move to the Marwell Arts Market for the bank holiday weekend, but Julie Longdon is open until the 29th in Fareham.
Please call in for a cuppa and a chat if you are in the area.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Clevedon Art Club Exhibition

Any readers who may be holidaying near Bristol or Weston-Super-Mare during the next couple of weeks may like to visit the nearby coastal resort of Clevedon (just of Junction 20, M5 on the Bristol Channel).

The 55th annual exhibition of the Clevedon Art Club starts today until 27th August. It is held in the Science Atrium, Clevedon Community School, Valley Road, BS21 6AH, 5 minutes drive from J20 on the M5.

There are 322 pieces of art to a very high standard. The exhibition attracts professional artists as well as amateurs. It is an open, juried exhibition and worth a visit.

Four UKCPS members have a total of 6 CP pictures in the exhibition. Bev Lewis, and Pauline Longley (2 each), Diana Connor (1) and new member Jenny Campbell (1). Those of you who live in and around the Bristol area should go and have a look, and you might consider entering next year.

For those of you who don't know Clevedon, there is an historic Victorian Pier (several paintings of this in the exhibition), beautiful Georgian and Victorian houses, pebble beaches, interesting rocks and a lovely walk along the promenade. Two very good cafes over looking the pier, and views of Wales. Best seen when the tide is in, although the sea is rather muddy with silt!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Pauline Longley - Workshops

Those who read my post of 3rd August will be aware that UKCPS Signature Member, Pauline Longley, has an exhibition at the Lutyens Gallery, Hestercombe House, Near Taunton, until 21st August.
Subject to weather conditions, Pauline will be demonstrating at the exhibition on this forthcoming Sunday [14th august],  from 10.30 to 2.30. Pauline advises that those intending to come and meet her should contact her first via to confirm.

Regular readers will know that Pauline holds CP workshops at various times in the year.  The next workshops are due as follows:-
Sunday 4th September: at Mark village Hall, Vole road, Mark, Somerset, TA9 4NY. 10 am to 4pm. [4 places left as I write].
Saturday 10th September: at the Beacon Centre, Sheldon Road Methodist Church, Chippenham, Wilts. SN14 0DU. 10.30 to 4pm [8 places left as I write].
Both workshops are a bargain at £10 for UKCPS members, and £15 for non-members.
Get further details from Pauline direct on the email address above.

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Complete Colored Pencil Book -Bernard Poulin

Bernard Poulin, [See Blogpost: 22 Feb. 2011], the well known Canadian portrait artist, and one of the three judges for this year's UKCPS Open Exhibition, has revised and updated his book "The Complete Colored Pencil Book", the front cover of which is illustrated on the right.

I can commend this book both for beginners, and the more experienced CP artist, as it is a mine of good information.  Buy it from Amazon [£13.50, last time I looked] using the link on the UKCPS website, and UKCPS will get a commission on the sale! Go to:

PS.  I think I am right in saying that Bernard will be at the exhibition Preview.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Pauline Longley - Exhibition

UKCPS Signature Member, Pauline Longley, has an exhibition at the Lutyens Gallery, Hestercombe House, Near Taunton.  It is on now and until 21st August.
Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. In particular, Hestercombe's Formal Garden is a fine example of the world renowned partnership between plants-women, Gertrude Jekyll and architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens There is a good cafe, gift shop, lovely walks, and I know Pauline's work is excellent - so it is well worth a visit.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

10th Exhibition Workshops

If you are proposing to visit the society's 10th Exhibition at Westminster Hall in London (19th Sept to 1st October) why not take advantage of one of the excellent colour pencil workshops given by leading CP artists.
 See the list on the right, but contact the artist direct to book your place and receive full details.

Addenda - Exhibition Sponsors

Mia culpa, Mia Culpa!

In my post of 23 July last I forgot to include 'Hobbycraft', one of the UK's leading suppliers of art and craft materials, as being one of the Exhibition sponsors.  My apologies to them!


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