Saturday, 22 December 2012

Chistmas wishes

Wishing all our readers a very , very, happy Christmas
from everyone at UKCPS!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

New Local Group - Derbyshire

My sincerest apologies to Eleni - I originally had her down as based in Nottinghamshire!! The original post is amended:-

Eleni Mcloughlin is in the process of forming a UKCPS Local Group in the Derby area, and was holding a preliminary meeting at her home on 12 December 2012.

For further details, contact Eleni on:

[PS  I will be taking over the co-ordination of UKCPS Local Groups from Pauline Longley, -- so if you have need of a local group in your area let me know and I'll d what I can to assist --or if you already have one, send me information about your activities and I'll blog the details: or via this blog:]


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Pencils for sale!

This from Karen Coulson:

Hi Everyone

I have been sorting out and have a few bundles of coloured pencils I no longer want.
My son is going to Kenya in July to refurbish ( build) a school and each pupil has to raise £1650. as part of his fundraising effort we are clearing out and "car booting".
These pencils are far too good to car boot, and probably wouldnt be appreciated anyway.
So, i have...
33 assorted colours prismacolor pencils
48 assorted colours Karisma pencils
40 assorted colours Karisma aquarelle pencils
59 assorted colours Stabilo aquatico pencils
88 assorted colours Lyra Rembrandt pencils
97 assorted colours Lyra Rembrandt aquarell pencils.
these are all sets or part of sets I have bought to try over the years before settling on my favourites that I use now. Most are virtually full length, although afew are 3/4 size.

Any reasonable donation considered, i was thinking about 25p + per pencil?? plus cost of postage, would rather send by special delivery, so they are trackable.
So please get in touch via email if you are interested in any of them.

Visitors Choice at Nuneaton

The most popular picture chosen by the visitors to this year's  UKCPS Open Exhibition at Nuneaton Art Gallery (it closed on 25th November) was this beautifully detailed drawing entitled "The Red Lion", by Berkshire artist, Morryce Maddams. Well done, Morryce!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Julie Ann Maguire - "Best of British"

The following press release comes from Michael Maguire regarding the latest achievements of his his wife Julie, to whom I offer sincerest congratulations!

New UKCPS member wins “Best of British” Competition

This highly successful jubilee year has inspired many talented individuals to
participate in art competitions and exhibitions across the length and breadth of the
country and Britain has been at the heart of their themes.

 New UKCPS member, Julie Ann Maguire became a prizewinner in October 2012 when her cp rendering of “Jubilee in isolation” won first place in the leisure category of the Best of British
competition held by the Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines.

Julie, a part-time working mum and full-time housewife, is also a student of the
London Art College and has recently gained a distinction in their portraiture
certificate course. Her husband, Michael describes her as an “emerging talent”. He
says “She has the potential to achieve great things in the art world. She doesn’t
realise just how much talent she has. She’s been drawing since her late teens and
never had the opportunity or income to follow a traditional academic route. She’s
always put the family first so attending a local art college was never an option. LAC
provides an alternative in distance learning using the latest web technology for the
submission of assignments and is backed up by quality tutors and a thriving online
forum.” Julie has enrolled on the coloured pencil certificate course with London Art
College intending to make cp her preferred media as an artist.

Julie is looking forward to her membership with UKCPS. She has lots of ideas
and hopes to enter future exhibitions with the focus on gradually developing her work
towards signature status. Her reward for winning the Leisure Painter competition was
a commemorative wooden box of pencils, worth £500, provided by Derwent. This
takes pride of place in Julie’s household along with a canvas print of her artwork and
the winning image will also feature in the January issue of the magazine.

Michael Maguire
Tuesday 20 November 2012
photographic jpg

Friday, 9 November 2012

UKCPS at the NEC

Herewith, some photos taken at the UKCPS stand after the opening of Art Materials Live at the NEC yesterday (8th November).

Hon Sec, Will Johnson (the big fella!)
Many thanks to Lyn Goodwin for sending them!

TP Editor, Malcolm Cudmore

Lyn Goodwin (& yours truly)
Suzy Herbert (just get that smile!)
Local Groups Co-ordinator, Pauline Longley

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Wildlife Artist of the Year - competition

This has come from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (via Pauline Longley - thanks Pauline!)
Dear Artist
Have you considered entering the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 – It is a great competition with some fantastic prizes, as well as the knowledge you are also helping fund some very worthwhile conservation projects.
Follow the link and see what you think.
Should you need any further information do please let me know.
Nina Neve
WAY Coordinator
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Saba House, 7 Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8JU
Tel +44 (0) 1483 272323 Fax +44 (0) 1483 443859
Join us for some great events for wildlife this autumn!
The DSWF annual RGS lecture ‘Healing Without Harm’ on October 18th - Cranleigh Christmas Sales Dayon November 10th and our
fabulous ‘Night Safari’ Black Tie Dinner at the Dorchester on November 23rd
See our full list of events by clicking here

Monday, 5 November 2012

A Major New Competition - Derwent

Derwent Art Prize 2013
Call For Entries
Rewarding excellence through showcasing the very best international works created in pencil, The Cumberland Pencil Company is delighted to announce their inaugural Derwent Art Prize.

 It is an open submission opportunity for British and international artists, offering prizes of up to £8,750.

Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of selectors: Yvonne Crossley (Director
of The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire); Fisun Güner (journalist and freelance visual arts
writer); and Professor Stephen Farthing RA (artist and Rootstein Hopkins Research
Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London).

'We are delighted to be invited to select works for this inaugural year of the Derwent Art
Prize. We look forward to seeing a high standard of entries and hope to bring together an
exhibition which showcases the very best works created in pencil, from both British and
international artists.'

An exhibition of selected works will be held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in
London SW1 from 16-21 September 2013 and all selected artists will be featured on
the Derwent Art Prize website.

 The Derwent Art Prize 2013 exhibition will then tour to venues across the UK, including the Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria.

The Prize is open to all living British and international artists over the age of 18 years old on 1st July 2013. Artists can submit up to 6 pieces of work, created with any charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencils on any 2 or 3 dimensional support. The maximum size of work is 182cms in its greatest dimension.

Deadline for Entries: Monday 1st July 2013
Entry is online at:
For further enquiries please contact the competition organisers, Parker Harris, on:
Tel. + 44 (0) 1372 462190

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Robin Borrett

The following from UKCPS Silver member, Robin Borrett: --

Compendium of Drawing Techniques by Donna Krizek
"I'm delighted that this publication features some of my work, but I would like to congratulate UKCPS members Angela Cater, Richard Childs, and Graham Brace, and any other coloured pencil artist featured in this book.
Good news for our society!"

Well done to you too, Robin!

Irina Garmashova-Cawton

News snippet

Coming soon to  Artists and Illustrators magazine:

Featured Artist –
Irina Garmashova-Cawton A member of the UK Colour Pencil Society, our new Portfolio Plus Featured Artist is Irina Garmashova-Cawton, whose work features in the November 2012 issue of Artists & Illustrators

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pencils for sale!

The following has been sent by Sheila Bamsey, a former member of UKCPS:

I used to belong to the UKPS until last year, I also have painted with many mediums in the past. But have now decided that I will not be doing so in future and am trying to depose of materials.
The reason for contacting you is this :- Do you have contact with any members who live in Devon would like to buy a number of boxes of coloured pencils (some little used)? They would need to collect them from me (Ashburton). They would need to pay a acceptable offer for them they are all top quality, obviously they would need to feel they are getting a bargain. They would need to pay by cheque to?:- Help for Heroes.

If you know any Devon members who might be interested please let know, telephone:- 01364 652820.
Best wishes
Sheila Bamsey

Friday, 19 October 2012

Award for Pencil Museum

The Cumberland Pencil Museum as been a regular venue for the UKCPS "World of Colour Pencils" exhibition held in the spring of each year, so it is nice to hear that they themselves have won a coveted award.  Congratulations from UKCPS!
The team at the Cumberland Pencil Museum are delighted to have received a Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Award from Visit Britain.  Commenting on the Award, Alex Farthing, the Museum Manager, said "I am delighted for the team that we have received this Award as it recognises all their hard work constantly improving the visitor experience and ensuring we offer outstanding Customer Service at all times. The team always go that extra mile for our customers and this is reflected in some of the lovely comments we have received in our Visitors Book and on our feedback forms.  Also, this year  we have  further enhanced the visitor experience with the addition of an interactive video in our WW2 exhibition and a dressing up area for children which all help to bring our stories to life".
The Pencil Museum was only awarded the Quality Rose marquee after it had been rigorously mystery shopped by one of Visit Britain’s independent assessors.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Local group - Bawtry, Sth Yorks

News from UKCPS member, Sue Woffinden, regarding her local group:

Known as the Three Counties Botanical Art Group,  we meet every Wednesday morning 9.30 - 12.30 at The New Hall, Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

 We are a small group who meet to do botanical art, no tutor, but we do help each other if we can. We are looking for new members to swell the numbers!

  We are having an exhibition in the Bawtry Library for the full month of November. If you would like to join us either call in on a Wednesday morning or contact Sue Woffinden on 07941 509871.

Friday, 12 October 2012


Judith Crown has sent in these links to competitions: this is the one that will be starting on November 1st and is obviously a lot to do with certain zoo/wildlife animals. If you like drawing elephants, giraffes etc, look at the present link now and follow up in November. is a postcard competition that has a link from Painters-online. I have got a postcard via S.A.E. and am using coloured pencil. It is not the best tooth, but is o.k. for cp and is soft and smooth for fine details. This has plenty of time as it closes on December 1st.

Good luck

Best wishes


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Lin Goodwin @ Bedworth Arts Centre

An update on the info given below --- The exhibition is a SOLO event by Lin herself! - and it will run from 5th November to 30 November 2012

UKCPS member, Lin Goodwin, is one of a number of artists exhibiting colour pencil works at Bedworth Arts Centre during the whole of November.

For further information, contact Bedworth Arts Centre, High Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV12 8NF. Tel 024 76643255 Email

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Open Exhibition pictures

 The following from Liz Ridley, the society website organiser:

Hello everyone

You can now see the winning pictures and link to full slideshow of the whole exhibition at the website from the link below:

I still need to update the homepage and create some links but thought you would like a quick preview. Should be all complete in a day or so.

 Liz Ridley


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

AGM Rogues Gallery

The Chair in full flow!
The UKCPS is such a scattered group of enthusiasts that few are able to attend the AGM unless it is actually held within their region of the UK.

Consequently, many members would not recognise an Exec Committee member even if they fell over one!

Here then, are those Exec members who faced the members present at the AGM in Nuneaton on 6th October last:

(L to Rt) Pauline Longley [Local Groups], Malcolm Cudmore [Editor- Talking Point], Will Johnson [Secretary & Membership], Barbara Murray [Chair], Liz Ridley [Treasurer & Website], Pat Heffer [President].  (I'm missing 'cos I'm behind the camera!).

Missing Exec members are: Bev Lewis [Newsletter & publicity design], Sarah Longrigg [Yahoo Groups Forum].

Be advised that, in the course of the next year, some of the Exec members are liable to undertake different functions from those listed.  (follow this Blog or read about it in Talking Point or the Newsletter!)

Members present - too many to name!
And here are those members who managed to attend!

Monday, 8 October 2012


I thought readers might like to read a comment sent by Graham Brace, one of the three independant judges who chose the entries for this year's exhibition :

"What a treat in Nuneaton on Saturday night! Three gallery rooms filled with a stunning array of work...not to mention a sumptuous buffet!

First of all I would like to congratulate all concerned in bringing this exhibition to fruition and to the gallery staff in hanging it so superbly.

As one of the three initial judges, seeing all the entries originally online, on-screen was impressive enough...but there is no substitute for seeing them 'in the flesh', mounted and framed. It added another dimension and I was 'blown away' by the overall high standard of draughtsmanship, composition and sheer technical skill demonstrated in the use of the medium. This exhibition is a superb demonstration of how far CP art has come and no-one in their right mind (in the art 'establishment') on seeing this could possibly dismiss the CP medium as inconsequential, infantile, inferior or unacceptable. This show is a triumph!"

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2013 -- Early warning!!

The 2012 Exhibtion hasn't opened yet [SEE MY TWO PREVIOUS POSTS FOR NEWS], but members (and other potential exhibitiors!) need to be aware of the following:

The UKCP Open International Exhibition 2013 is being held at Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham, for a 5 week period from the 31st August to 6th October 2013. This is earlier than usual due to limited availability, so please bear in mind that we will be asking for your entry forms earlier too.

As a result we have also brought the members Keswick 'World of Colour Pencils' exhibition forward by a month to April. Hoping this gives you plenty of time to produce some more stunning work.

Assistant Exhibitions Co-ordinator

Also, if there is anyone living in the Nottingham area that would like to help with the Patchings exhibition we would be delighted to hear from you. You will not be expected to do this alone but would be be part of an exhibition team.

Nuneaton - Evening parking

Further to my earlier post regarding the AGM, etc. at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.

The Ropewalk car park closes at 7pm, so is not suitable for those attending the  exhibition Preview Night from 6.30 onwards.

With regards to parking near to the  Art Gallery for the Preview Night, the closest two options are the car park outside the museum itself the address for which is, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU. Please note there are limited spaces available at this parking site. (only 20 , I think!)

The alternative option is to park at the Riverside car park located just behind the Nuneaton Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5AA. which [I think] is free as well in the evenings!

Monday, 1 October 2012

AGM Reminder

This is just a quick note to remind all UKCPS members that the society Annual General Meeting takes place at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU on this coming Saturday, 6th October 2012, from 11.30.

The meeting will be followed by a society buffet lunch (please contact Barbara Murray at: to book a place).

It is also the opening day of the UKCPS Open International Exhibition (official preview that night from 6.30 onwards), so AGM attendees will be able to view all the wonderful works submitted by members.

There is limited car parking at the Musuem, but there is a large multi-storey across the road (the Ropewalk Shopping Centre) - note that it closes at 7pm according to the website!

Some of the people who make the society HAPPEN! - come and say hello!
I look forward to meeting people!  Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself  -  to me - and to other members of the society!

Alan (McMahon)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Art Materials Live - Birnmingham NEC

This has come from Will Johnson, Secretary to the society:--

Dear Member,

As you may already know, the UKCPS runs a stand at the NEC each year in
the Art Materials Live show held in November. We have several people
demonstrating their Coloured Pencil skills, and we try to sell a few
items to make a bit of money for the society, including new memberships.
It is a great way to meet old friends and to make new ones. If you have
been before you will know we used to have a hands on area for people to
try out coloured pencils, however the organisers have asked us not to
run the participation section of the stand this year.

I am writing to ask if you could volunteer some of your time to
help. The show runs from Thursday 8th November to Sunday 11th November
from 9:30 until 5:30 (5:00 on Sunday). A free entry pass will be
available for all volunteers that enables entry not only to Art
Materials Live, but also to the sister shows “Crafts For Christmas “and

If you could see your way clear to helping, or think you might be able
to help, please let me know by emailling me at: and I will let you
have more details.

Will Johnson

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Chippenham Local Group

This from Val Wilson in Chippenham, Wiltshire :-

'The Colour Ring' Pencil Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at the Beacon Centre (Methodist Church Hall), Sheldon Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, from 10am to 12pm. Most of us are newcomers to CP, but there are several more experienced members who are willing and able to share their expertise. It's a very informal group so please feel free to drop in for coffee and see what we do!

Val Wilson

Contact is via Pauline Longley at: 

Rushden & Wellingborough Local Group

The following has come from Mavis Bailey in Northamptonshire :-

Just to let you know that the Pencil Circle that I run as part of this group will be re-starting this month.  First meeting Thursday 20th September, 9.30 am,  at my house in Rushden.

First and third  Thursday of each month thereafter.

I should have some spare places this year, so anyone enquiring can be directed to me.

Best wishes
Mavis Bailey


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Try Colour Pencils - Wirral

Brenda Chappell

Yours truly is hosting another 'Try Colour Pencils' day on Saturday, 29th September 2012, at St Chads Church Hall, Roslin Road, Irby, Wirral, CH61 3UH.  The day is suited to both beginners and those with some experience of CP.

Registration is from 9.30 am, and then the morning will feature a demonstration  of Caran D'Ache pencils and paints by Manchester artist, Brenda Chappell, followed by an afternoon colour pencil workshop.

A4 cartridge (200gsm) is provided, but bring your own colour pencils (of any type).  The workshop will feature a simple step-by-step drawing for those who are new to CP, but feel free to bring your own photos or reference material if you have a project to work on.

Coffee, tea, etc. is provided, but bring your own lunch.  COST: £8 (UKCPS Members), £10 (Non-members).

To book a place,  email me:

Alan McMahon

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Robin Borrett - Local Group picture

Robin Borrett's Local group in East Leake have yet again produced a composite picture in aid of charity.  "Quorn and Woodhouse Station" was completed by his  Monday am and the Wednesday pm colour pencil groups.                                               The station is part of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. The Great Central is a preserved line running from Loughborough to North Leicester. Plans are already underway to connect to Ruddington nr Nottingham, this means that trains will again run through East Leake.

Robin has said:

"We shall be giving the picture to the railway. There are 30 separate pieces making up a 1.3m x 1m finished artwork. Everyone found this subject a little different to the old masters that we had tackled before. As in previous years the picture was displayed at our annual exhibition, raising funds for Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes."

Saturday, 1 September 2012

UKCPS Exhibition - Post 3

The successful artists for the exhibition will shortly be receiving the details of how to arrange for delivery of  their works to the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery for the afternoon of Monday 1st October (hand-in day!), and the arrangements for removal of unsold works afterwards.

Be aware that the exhibition will be held in two seperate rooms of the gallery - and each has its own requirements for hanging! - so read the instructions carefully!!

However, - if you wish to view the arrangements online then you can download .pdf versions of the instructions via the UKCPS website:

Members should also note that the Society AGM is being held in the Gallery at 11.30 am on 6th October 2012 (the opening day of the exhibition) and will be followed by a members buffet lunch. PLEASE CONTACT Barbara Murray, ( if you intend to attend so that she is aware of numbers for the buffet.  If you have items for inclusion in the agenda, please contact the Secretary, Will Johnson, via

Sunday, 26 August 2012

UKCPS Open Exhibition - Post 2

Pauline Longley, who is organising the volunteers for the exhibition, has asked me to post an urgent request for volunteer demonstrators (2 or 3 required) for  2nd & 3rd November, plus we need help  for the 'Have -a - Go' table on  the exhibition opening day (6th October) and other days.  You don't need a lot of experience for the 'Have-a-Go' -- just a freindly attitude and ready smile to encourage visitors to possibly join the society.  Even a couple of hours as a volunteer will allow others to take a break!

Also - a reminder that the society's AGM takes place at the gallery from 11.30 am on 6th October, and is followed by a buffet lunch to which members are invited.  Please attend the AGM if you can as, amongst other important issues, we need to re-organise the current Executive Committee, and the input of members is important!

Please contact Pauline at:


2012 Open Exhibition - Post 1

Congratulations to all the successful artists exhibiting at this year's UKCPS Open Exhibition (Nuneaton Art Gallery & Museum, 6th October to 25th November).

The more discerning of you will note the absence in the list of yours truly, thereby proving the impartiality of the judges who stubbonly refused to accept my generous offer of a monetary gift [exit one editor stamping his feet and sucking his thumb]

UKCPS Winning Artists – Nuneaton 2012

Val Barr                                   Elizabeth Barton
Alexandra Bastien                   Karen Berisford
Nicolson Brooks                      Tiffany Budd
Julie Burdon-Stone                  Jean Canter
J Y Chang                                 Lindsey Clark
Kate Clarke                              Sue Clinker
Karen Coulson                          Beverley Courtney
Jackie Cox                                Shianne de Klerk
Harsa Dhokia                            C Gale Dickinson
Roy Eaton                                June Lesley Fox
Chris Francis                           Elissa Frohlich
Irina Garmashova-Cawton       Jo Goudie
Amber Halsall                         Angela Hammond
Debra Hanley                          Pat Heffer
Judith Heilbronn-Crown          Suzy Herbert
Deborah Holman                     Cathy Holtom
Denise Howard                        Betsy Jones
Bev Lewis                                Roger Lewis
Pauline Longley                       Morryce James Maddams
Jean-Baptiste Morlot                Barbara Murray
Karen Musgrave Hill               Jonathan Newey
Kris Owen                                 Eva Oxberry
Victoria Parsons                       Rachel Pesterfield
Janie Pirie                                 Susan Poole
Pamela Preller                           Vivienne Priest
David Pritchard                         Marion Ramsden
Glyn Rand                                 David Sandell
Lesley Sharman                        Janet Suffield
Claudia Tann                            Alison Tomlinson
Liedia van de Mortel                Ranjini Venkatachari
Maria Villioti                            Jane Wilkes
Glynis Wilson                           Lesley Woodhouse


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Isobel Buckley - Ken Bromley Winner!!

Many congrats to UKCPS member, Isobel Buckley for winning this year's Ken Bromley Cover Picture Competition.

Isobel's picture of a sleeping Lion will appear on the new catalogue for Ken Bromley Art materials.

Isobel is quoted:
"I have always had a passion for art since I was a little girl and I was very fortunate to have parents who encouraged me with this. Even as a child I loved painting and drawing and always liked producing pictures which captured detail. I followed this love of art to University where I studied Fine Art with American Studies. After University I spent a few years concentrating on studying to become a teacher and for a Master of Arts in Education. It was then my Mum who encouraged me back into art and thanks to her I found I had a passion for wildlife and animal art. It began when she introduced me to an artist called Vic Bearcroft who I found inspirational. After attending a workshop he was running I was hooked on drawing animals and pastels. It was actually during this workshop held at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent that I had an opportunity to look around and take photographs of the big cats there. The piece ‘Sleeping Lion’ was actually inspired from one of the photographs I took there after watching the lions devour their lunch and then turn very sleepy.
Shortly after this I decided to explore some other mediums and discovered coloured pencils, and I haven’t looked back! While I have different brands of coloured pencils, my absolute favourites are Prismacolour which I find produce a lovely buttery consistency. I spend many hours building up layers of colours to produce pictures which contain those details which I find myself compelled to achieve. I find they are a wonderful medium for drawing animals, and a lot of people are amazed to find out that coloured pencils can achieve such alluring effects.
While I spend a lot of my time teaching and with my family, I spend a vast amount of my spare time drawing and painting. I have recently updated my website and I have created a Facebook page I am currently in the process of producing my first set of prints to sell and other examples of my artwork can be found on these pages. I am also planning to continue to produce lots more pictures of animals as beautiful as the lion in the future.
I consider myself very lucky to be blessed with such a wonderful passion, and I’m honestly stunned and over the moon that so many people voted for my picture, so a very big thank you to them."

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Barbara Murray - & the Derwent Blog

The current edition of the Derwent company's own Blog, 'Love Pencils',  has a big feature written by (and about) the UKCPS Chair, Barbara Murray, and her 26 years with the company.

There is a link to the Derwent website down and to the right under 'Links to Sponsors'.
The blog addresss for Love Pencils is
The URL for the article is

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Local members in N.East England

UKCPS member Michael Turner, from County Durham, would like to meet other colour pencil artists on an occasional basis in the north-east of England. He is a recently retired Civil Servant and has just taken up colour pencil art. He would be willing to arrange venues at varied locations from Tyneside to South Yorkshire with the view to inviting demonstrators and artists to run workshops. If you are interested either as a student or tutor please let Pauline Longley ( UKCPS Local Groups Co-ordinator) know and she will ask him to phone you. Unfortunately Peter is not on email.

Pauline can be contacted on:

Saturday, 4 August 2012

'Best of British' - Competion

Belated congratulations to UKCPS overseas member, Maria Villioti, for her winning entry to the Derwent 'Best of British' drawing competion.

Maria's entry [45 cm x 61 cm) is entitled "Raining in London" and was completed using Caran D'Ache 'Luminance' pencils on Ampersand pastelboard.

You can view more of Maria's work via her blogspot:  .

Note the 'gr' - Maria is a Greek member!  eu'ye! Maria

Sunday, 29 July 2012

'The Artist' magazine

The August edition of 'The Artist' magazine (in the shops now!) features a fine article about the UKCPS, its aims, and its membership.

The magazine is always a good one to read, and this issue also features:
  • Mariusz Kaldowski finds painting inspiration to paint in his garden
  • Paint your own holiday postcard with Martin Taylor
  • Jake Winkle advises on shadow colour and simplification
  • Vivien Donald talks to artist Peter Messer
  • Read a guide to supports for pastels from Robert Dutton
  • Barry Herniman continues his pictuesque tour of the Wye Valley
  • Masterworks looks at The Cliffs at Étretat by Claude Monet
  • Jackie Simmonds reports on PanPastels
  • How to find the right colour with Tony Williams
  • Barry Freeman paints on the South Downs using water-mixable oils
  • Product report on Derwent Skintones Pastel Pencils by Ian Sidaway
  • Soraya French recommends earth colours
  • Jackie Simmonds reports on the growing trend - a painting a day
  • Masterclass with Charlotte Sorapure
  • Robin-Lee Hall advises on composition for portraiture
  • Oliver Lange reports on the ING Discerning Eye exhibition

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

NEWA - Nat. Exhibition of Wildlife Art

I made a quick visit to the NEWA exhibition at the Gordale Garden Centre, here on the Wirral, today.
It is good to see so many CP works having been accepted on show, with many of them by UKCPS members.

Congratulations then to members Alan Jones, Brian Ainsworth, Jo Goudie, Karen Coulson, David Pritchard, and Valerie Briggs.  Victoria Parsons had a 'colour crayon' picture listed in the catalogue, but that might have been CP in another name?

Congrats also to June Lesley Fox - but hers were all watercolours (nice ones though!)

The NEWA exhibition is one of the top wildlife exhibitions in the country with over 400 pictures in all media.  Well worth a visit if you can get to it before the close on Sunday next, 29th July.  Open 09.00 to 18.00, except Sunday closing at 17.00.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Judges for the UKCPS Open Exhibition

The following message has come from Barbara Murray, Chair of UKCPS: --

I thought you'd all like to know now that all the entries are in, who will
be selecting the pictures that go into the exhibition.

We're very lucky to have three fantastic judges to select this year's

They are:

Dr Sally Bulgin
Managing Director & Editor
"The Artist"

Graham Brace, founder member of the ukcps and great cp artist

Leah Lister, Marketing Manager at Derwent

Good luck to everyone. I hope your picture is selected.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Christ Church Arts Festival (and a holiday for me!)

If anyone is in the Birkenhead area this Saturday (14th), then I'd be pleased to meet you at the Arts Festival at Christ Church Hall in Bessborough Road, Oxton, Wirral.

One of a number of artists demonstrating, I will be doing a CP drawing from 1pm to 4pm.  The festival runs from Friday to Sunday, and includes an art exhibition by local artists, music, and poetry readings, especially with extracts from the works of Wilfred Owen who was a choirboy at Christ Church, Oxton, and whose father was a church warden.

From the Sunday onwards, I will be holidaying on the fair isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) for a week, so there will be no blog updates during that period  -  so if you have any news/views/adverts -- send them now so that I can get them posted.   (If anyone else is visiting Anglesey at the same time - let me know and we'll meet for coffee!)


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Beverley Courtney at the Blue Ginger Gallery

 Beverley Courtney is having an exhibition of pencil and coloured pencil works
throughout July and August 2012 at the Blue-Ginger Gallery in :-

Stiffords Bridge,

 WR13 5NW

Open Wednesday to Sun
day 10am to 5.30pm
contact for further information:
01886 880240

This gallery is famous locally for its reasonably-priced but delicious homecooked food, and its wide variety of exhibitions and displays, both indoor and outdoor art, and workshops.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Beverley Courtney at Ledbury

UKCPS member Beverley Courtney will be exhibiting with Artisans on Tour at the Trumpet Corner Art Studios & Tea Room, near Ledbury in Herefordshire, from June 29th till July 1st, alongside the Ledbury Poetry Festival. and

Beverley Courtney
B.A. (Hons) Art & Design
Animal Artist
07789 998 098
01684 566 805

Bev Lewis in Somerset

If anyone is in Somerset in the next week or two the might like to go and see Bev Lewis's lovely exhibition of animals at Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton. She is demonstrating CP on Saturday and Sunday lunch times. I'm sure she will be delighted to see you. The cafe is good too, and dogs are welcome if you want a walk in the lovely gardens. 

Saturday, 23 June 2012

11th International Open Exhibition

Just a reminder to members and non-members alike that the deadline for entries to the UKCPS 11th International Open Exhibition closes on two weeks today -- Saturday,  7th July 2012.

Entry forms for the exhibition, which runs from 6th October to 25th November 2012 at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, can be downloaded from the UKCPS website:  .

Please allow at least two days for delivery if sending a postal entry via Royal Mail.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Susan Goodall - SAA award

Good news for UKCPS member, Susan Goodall, who has been awarded a certificate for Best Professional Animal or Wildlife artist in the Society for All Artists [S.A.A] Artist of the Year Competition 2012.

Susan's picture (shown right) is entitled ' Wake Up'.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Lesley Sharman - workshop reminder

Lesley Sharman has been in touch to advise that she still has three places left on her forthcoming 'Portraits' workshop on 8th July 2012, details as follows:

"Realistic Portraits in Coloured Pencil"

An interesting and enjoyable day is promised, suitable for those with some experience of using coloured pencil. You will learn the secrets of rendering lifelike features, skin tones, hair, and achieving a good likeness.

Venue: The Workhouse Museum, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Sunday, 8th July 2012, 10am - 4pm

Cost £45 including lunch and refreshments.

If interested, please contact Lesley on 01765 601868 or email her on:

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Pencils for sale! + New UKCPS Blog

Lesley Crawford has sent in the following:

From Lesley Crawford, Founder member and silver signature member.
Due to arthritis in my fingers I am not using my pencils much so am selling them. Most have now gone, but I still have three sets for sale: A tin of 36 Derwent Studio pencils, some slightly used, - RRP £45, my price £30.
 A tin of 60 Staedler watercolour pencils, unused. RRP £51.00, my price £45.00
 36 Coloursoft, sharpened but hardly used, - RRP £48 - my price £36.00.
Contact: or via the blogmaster

All plus p&p. If you are interested I can either send you a Paypal invoice, or a cheque will be fine.

THE ABOVE ADVERT IS ALSO VIEWABLE ON OUR NEW BLOG PAGE - 'UKCPS AdsBlog' which can be accessed via: .  UKCPS AdsBlog is the place for all members to advertise CP items for sale, or CP items wanted.  Place your ads, or get more information, via: .

Thursday, 14 June 2012

British Greats Award

There is a competition being run to identify the 'greats' of Great Britain. Our friends at the Cumberland Pencil Company are one of the nominees, and are asking for YOUR vote.

Go to: and vote for a great British company!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Pencils for sale!

UKCPS member, Diana Lowe, has 43 slightly used Inktense pencils for sale at .50p each.

Diana can be contacted via:

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bev Lewis - exhibition

'Big Red' by Bev Lewis
Bev Lewis, UKCPS (Silver) member, will be holding an exhibition of her animal art at Hestercombe Gardens, Nr Taunton, Somerset, from Saturday 18th June until Sunday 8th July.

She will be drawing/demonstrating across lunchtimes on Saturdays and Sundays, so if you would like to come and see her working or if you have any questions about her art, please do come and see her. As the Gallery is next to the restaurant you can grab yourselves a delicious meal while you are there.

The lovely picture on the right is of one of her works - CP on draft paper.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Me - for a change

Just to add to the acceptance of CP works in galleries -

I've just received news in the midday post that my picture 'Oranges' has been accepted for display at the Wirral Summer Art Exhibition 2012, to be held at the Williamson Museum & Art Gallery, Birkenhead, from 30th June to 9th September.

It was completed using Derwent Coloursoft on Daler-Rowney Extra Smooth Cartridge paper.

Alan Jones @ Patchings

'Me Strong'
Congratulations also go to Alan Jones whose picture  of a baby gorilla has also been accepted at Patchings!  Alan is having a good year!

"Just thought I'd let you know my drawing of the baby gorilla
("Me Strong") has been accepted into the Patchings Art Festival! It was drawn with Derwent Studio & Coloursoft Pencils onto A3 cartridge. I am over the moon it has been accepted and was so excited I delivered it by hand!"

Isn't it good to see CP work getting into the popular exhibitions!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Sandra Dewsberry @ Patchings

'Stanage Edge - Derbyshire'
Congratulations to UKCPS member, Sandra Dewsberry, whose CP work entitled 'Stanage Edge' [See right] has been accepted for display at the 'Artist' and 'Leisure Painter' Patchings 2012 Exhibition.
Sandra, who is a member of Robin Borrett's East Leake local group, has commented:

"I'm very much an amateur, consider myself a beginner, and haven't done many pictures at all yet. I usually feel I haven't got a clue what I'm doing and the end result seems to come from nowhere, but I'm learning with each one and my desire to produce bright, colourful and detailed work is what motivates me to 'have a go'.

What I have done has been so well received it's made me sit up and think maybe I'm capable of more than I realise, and I'm chuffed to bits with people's responses to my work. I entered the competition just to see what (if anything) would happen really. It's the first one I've entered and I did it because I enjoy going to the Patchings Art Festival and had this mad dream that it would be amazing to actually - one day - have a picture on display there.  The picture is worked in Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Board."

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Karen Coulson @ Patchings

The Patchings Festival is on from 14th - 17th June, and is a favourite attraction for artists of all media and levels.

One of this year's added 'attractions' will be UKCPS Silver Member, Karen Coulson, who will be there for the four days demonstrating the recently introduced Derwent Artbar.

Karen wil be found either on the Derwent Stand or on the Paper House Stand.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Members Workshops @ Keswick

A quick reminder for anybody visiting the beautiful lakeland area this summer.  A number of our notable members will be conducting workshops and some free demonstations at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick during June/July:

Janie Pirie: Free demos - June 12th/13th - Botanical Art in Derwent Artists pencils.
                    Workshop - June 14th - Botanical blooms of early summer.

Jennie Hill: Free Demos - June 19th/20th - Inktense pencils & blocks
                   Workshop - June 21st - Exploring the coastal seascape and beneath.

Karen Coulson: Free demos - June 26th/27th - Birds in Inktense pencils & blocks
                          Workshop - June 28th - Crocus & Starling in Coloursoft & Inktense

Tiffany Budd:  Free demos - July 3rd/4th - Landscapes in Coloursoft pencils.
                        Workshop - July 5th - Landscape in Coloursoft pencils.

The free demonstrations last for an hour and are run throughout the day twixt 10 am and 4pm.  No prior booking is required. The workshops cost £40 and last all day 10.30 am to 4.30pm and must be pre-booked via 017687 73626.  Details via

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Visitors Choice at Keswick

Congratulations to Alan Jones,  whose picture  entitled 'Meggie' [see right] was voted most popular by visitors to the 2012 World of Colour Pencils' exhibition at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick.

See the UKCPS website ( for pictures of all the exhibition entrants and the main awards.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

New Local Group in Surrey

UKCPS member, Jill Richardson Jones, is forming a new local group based in Clandon Village hall, near Guildford, Surrey.

The group will meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of each month starting on 10th September 2012, meeting from 2pm to 4pm.

Jill says that once established, the group will be very happy to accomodate any colour pencil artists in the area.

Contact Jill via for further details.

Bev Lewis - New Derwent Paper

Congratulations to UKCPS Signature member, Bev Lewis, whose lovely picture of a Rhinoceros features on the front covers of the pads of  Derwent's newly launched range of watercolour papers.

Derwent have launched the paper as follows:-

Derwent launch new Watercolour Paper

Derwent’s new beautifully smooth natural wove Watercolour Paper has been especially developed for use with water-soluble pencils, but it can also team up with all types of water-soluble media; particularly Derwent’s new Artbar range and their Inktense Blocks. 

The superior smooth texture of the new Derwent Watercolour Paper makes it incredibly versatile;  it enhances your pencil work whether wet or dry, and is ideal for intricate watercolour paintings as well as even washes of colour, or a combination of the two!

The heavy weight 300gsm paper responds well to washes but Derwent recommend that the paper is stretched prior to use if a particularly large area is to be covered or a heavy wash used. 

The new Watercolour Paper is available in pads in the most popular sizes ranging from A2 to A5. Each pad contains 12 sheets of 300gsm, white, acid free watercolour paper and features a watercolour drawing of a Rhino by animal artist Bev Lewis (UKCPS) on the cover. Prices start at £5.99 for an A5 pad ranging to £22.99 for A2.  

For more information on Derwent’s new Watercolour Paper and their range of water-soluble drawing media visit

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

2012 NEWA call for entries

I know that some of our members have made good sales at the previous NEWA exhibitions.

The 2012 NEWA Exhibition (National Exhibition of Wildlife Art) takes place at the usual venue of the Gordale Garden Centre, Chester High Road, South Wirral, from 13th to 29th July.

If you are entering the exhibition this year your Application Forms need to have been received by post
or on the NEWA web page, with your fees by June 6th. [ ]
Payment by cheque can be sent now.
Payment by BACS can be done now
Payment by card can only be done between 1st June to 6th June.

  Contacting NEWA:         Tel: 07748533448 , Email:
Or write to: 11, Dibbins Hey, Poulton Lancelyn, Bebington, Wirral. CH63 9JU
Please remember to copy or print the Rules as they are removed from the NEWA web page after 6th June.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Visitors Choice at Irby, Wirral

'On Duty'
It's nice to see colour pencil works getting the awards - and this picture entitled 'On Duty' was voted the best picture from 250 entrants at the Irby Artists Association Spring Exhibition last Saturday.

The Artist? -- former 'Talking Point' editor, Ann Holden.

Ann has who unfortunately had to leave the society temporarily while she studies to qualify as a medical artist, but will no doubt return in due course.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

New Art Group in Chesterfield

There is a new art group in formed in Chesterfield.  No details yet, but get in touch with Pauline Longley and she will pass on the information.

More Workshops!

News of more workshops, this time from UKCPS member Lesley Sharman:

Venue: The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1LE

Saturday, 7th July, 10am - 4pm

This workshop is suitable for either beginners or those with some experience of the medium. You will learn all the techniques needed to produce realistic and detailed pictures using artists' quality materials.

Sunday, 8th July, 10am - 4pm

This workshop is suitable for those who know the basic techniques of using coloured pencils, and we will build on these to learn how to produce accurate and lifelike portraits.

The cost for each workshop is £45, including lunch and refreshments, or £80 for both days.

All materials will be provided: all  you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Places are limited to 10 on each course, and the first one is filling up fast. Please contact Lesley if you are interested, or if you have any questions.  

Lesley Sharman UKCPS
01765 601868

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

'Passion For Pencils'

It's not too early to book now for a joint workshop being run by Pauline Longley and Bev Lewis on Saturday 15th September, 10.30 to 3.30, at the Village Hall, Vole Road, Mark, Somerset.  The cost is only £10 for UKCPS members, and £15 for non-members.

Entitled 'Passion for Pencils', in additon to normal colour pencils the workshop will cover the use of pencils other than CP, for example: graphite, aquarelle, pastel pencils, and charcoal pencils.

Previous workshops run by Bev and Pauline have been booked-up fairly quickly, so don't leave it too late to book.  Contact Pauline at:

Local Group Winner

My apologies (and belated congratulations!) to Zoe Ginty - she won the award for the Best Entry from a Local Goup Member at the Keswick exhibition!!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

'World of Colour Pencils' Exhibition

You can now visit the UKCPS website ( to view all the entries and prize winners for the UKCPS 'World of Colour Pencils' exhibition, which opened last Sunday and is now on until the 26th May at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria.

Congratulations go to:

Irina Garmashova-Cawton for Best Picture in Show (sponsored by Derwent)
Linda Brand for Reserve Best in Show
Vivienne Priest for the Leisure Painter Best Newcomer Award (and our thanks to Leisure Painter Magazine for the award!),
and to Alan Jones and Pauline Longley for their Highly Commendeds.

The 'Visitors Choice' award will be announced at the end of the exhibiion once all the public votes have been counted.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Demonstrators Wanted!!

The society's International Open Exhibition at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, will be open to the public from 6th October to 25th November - a much longer period than we've had in previous years.

We not only want to show the visiting public the best of CP artwork on display, but we also want to encourage participation, and to inform visitors about CP techniques and materials.

We are therefore seeking volunteers amongst the membership who would be able to give up some of their spare time either to demonstrate CP techniques (and you get to show off your handiwork!), or to assist with have-a-go sessions. 

If you feel you would like to volunteer (in any capacity), please contact: Barbara Murray, 23 St Herbert Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DF.  Telephone: 07791451361. Email:

Sunday, 29 April 2012

UKCPS Exec Committee at Derwent

That bunch of rogues shown on the right is made up of some of the members of the UKCPS Executive Committee, (plus some of their partners), when they were guests of the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company at the factory in Lillyshall, near Workington, on Friday last.   The Exec. Comm. were invited to tour the factory as part of a two day visit to Keswick during which the committee met to conduct UKCPS business, and to set up the entries for the 'World of Colour Pencils' exhibition at the Cumberland Pencil Museum. (the results of which will follow in a further posting).
 (From L to Rt)
REAR: Will Johnson, Malcolm Cudmore, Pauline Longley, John Ridley, Suzy Herbert
FRONT: Paul Longley, Alan McMahon (me! -with silly grin),  Barbara Murray (UKCPSChair), Liz Ridley, Pat Heffer (UKCPS President), and John Heffer.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Jo Goudie at Keswick

UKCPS Silver member, Jo Goudie.  is a professional pencil artist, and will be running two colour pencil 'taster' sessions at the Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, on 22nd and 23rd May, plus a full day Derwent Coloursoft workshop on 24th May.
Those attending the workshop you will be experimenting with mixing Coloursoft and Derwent Studio Pencils on white paper as well as on coloured backgrounds to produce creative and striking bird portraits.

To book a place on the workshop, or for further details please call the Museum on 017687 73626.      

Sunday, 22 April 2012

World of Coloured Pencils

Readers are reminded that the Cumberland Pencil Museum, situated in the lovely lakeland town of Keswick, is host to the UKCPS  'World of Coloured Pencils' exhibition from next Sunday, 29th April, until Saturday 26th May.
Over and above the exhibition itself, The Museum, located at the former Derwent Cumberland Pencils factory, is always worth a visit to anyone with an interest in pencils, and there are usually some good bargains to be had in the museum shop.
The exhibition is located in the museum coffee shop, and will feature 24 pictures submitted by UKCPS members.
The exhibition is being set-up next Saturday (28th), ably assisted by various members of the UKCPS Executive (including Yours Truly) -- call in and say hello if you're in the vicinity!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Sue Clinker - Exhibition

UKCPS signature Member, Sue Clinker, has a one woman exhibition on at the Whitstable Framing Gallery, 9 Oxford Street, Whitstable for one week from Monday 16th April. It's a tiny gallery/window space with room for just about a dozen pictures, -- but it is on the main Whitstable street.

Call-in if you're in the vicinity!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Local Group - Cheltenham area

UKCPS member Tim Hayward of Cheltenham, would like to start a CP group in his area.  His speciality is drawing miniatures,  but he would be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to meet on a regular basis.  Contact Pauline Longley in the first instance at and she will pass on your information to him.

Monday, 26 March 2012

New Local Group - South Suffolk

Elizabeth Lamb and Peter McGain have set up a new CP Group in East Bergholt. The group is meeting at the Old Hall Friary on the 1st Tuesday of each month starting at 10.30am. The meeting is informal and a donation of £1 is requested to cover heating. The venue is on a bus route and directions can be found at

East Bergholt is 10 miles north of Colchester and 8 miles south of Ipswich, on
the Essex/ Suffolk border. The nearest town, a few miles away is Manningtree, where there is also a station. East Bergholt is also the birth place of John Constable, and surrounded by beautiful countryside.

More details can be got from Elizabeth via her email address:

Sunday, 25 March 2012

UKCPS 11th Open Exhibition - call for entries

[editor's note:  My thanks to Maria Villioti for pointing out my silly error in originally numbering the exhibition as the 12th!!]

The 'Call for Entries' for the UKCPS 11th Open International Exhibition has been published and a copy is included in the new edition of 'Talking Point', (which all members should be receiving even as I write).  The closing date for entries is 7th July 2012.

The exhibition is open to all colour [or color!  :-)]  pencil artists, so non-members from the UK and abroad can obtain the document as a .pdf file by visiting the UKCPS website (, and then clicking on the 'Call For Entries' link in the right hand column of the home page.  Please read the conditions of entry carefully - the Society has set out its definition as to what is acceptable for exhibition as 'pure colour pencil', and what is defined as 'mixed media'.

This year's exhibition is being held at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU, between 6th October to 25th November 2012.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

John Hayes - In memorium

It was great sadness that we recently heard of the death of UKCPS member, John Hayes.  John had been a member since December 2006, and was particularly noted for his fine drawings of classic, vintage, and modern sports cars.   His skill in this subject had earned him the Associate membership of the Guild of Motoring Artists.  However, John's subjects covered a wide area, and in recent times he had produced some lovely pictures of preserved steam engines, of which 'The Mallard' [shown right] is one.
For the time being, you can still view John's website featuring many examples of his work via:
John's death is a sad loss to the society, and to the art world as a whole.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his family at this time.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Keswick Exhibition

Last reminder for UK members-- the deadline for Entries to the UKCPS 10th 'World Of Coloured Pencils' Exhibition at Keswick closes in two days on 10th March.  You can still get an entry in if you post 'First Class' or attach a photo of your entry to an email!!

Visit the UKCPS website for 'conditions of entry' and entry form:

Brian Ainsworth - Exeter Living Magazine

'Exeter Living' magazine features a very nice article about Devon artist (and UKCPS member), Brian Ainsworth, which includes photographs of some of his highly detailed wildlife portraits.
Brian was justifiably awarded the Faber-Castell prize, plus a 'Highly Commended' at the 2011 UKCPS Open Exhibition in London last year for two of his drawings.
You can view the magazine article via:

Friday, 2 March 2012

John Ruskin Prize - call for entries

The Campaign for Drawing (organisers of The Big Draw) has launched an exciting new arts prize in collaboration with The Guild of St George. The John Ruskin Prize invites everyone 18+ to submit artworks that take ‘A New Look At Nature’.

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested in entering for the prestigious John Ruskin Prize. The outright winner will be rewarded with £1000 plus opportunities to show their
work at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield and at Brantwood, the historic Lake District home of John Ruskin himself. Nine runners-up will also be invited to exhibit in the Brantwood show this autumn.

More information and entry forms can be found here:

Bryony Matthewman
John Ruskin Prize Coordinator

The Campaign for Drawing
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8351 1719

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Derwent 'Artbar'- new drawing product

Derwent have introduced a new product which may be of interest to those who like to use soluable pigments in their drawings, or want to try a new dry medium - I quote from their literature:

Derwent’s new Artbar is a water-soluble wax bar perfect for creating bold expressive marks and building up texture. The high wax content gives the Artbar a very smooth consistency and its unique triangular shape means you can make many more distinctive marks than you can with a traditional round block.
The new Derwent Artbar range recognises the role of tone within art and the comprehensive spectrum of 72 opaque colours is divided into 4 tonal groups, Brights, Pales, Earths and Darks. For easy colour selection the colours within each tonal group are positioned together in the tins.
The Artbar has been tested by our panel of professional artists and they found the new Derwent Artbar incredibly versatile, being able to use them dry and wet as well as being able create texture by building up layers of colour almost like paint...
Each Artbar is protected by a peelable silver wrapper which can be removed in sections thereby ensuring that both the Artbar and your hands are protected throughout the life of the bar. They are perfect for working ‘en plein air’ as they are easy to transport dry and will balance on a hand held sketchbook without falling off!
The new Derwent Artbar is available individually and in selections of 12, 24, 36 and 72. The 12 tin contains a set of basics which, in theory, can be used to create any colour you want. To help you understand the art of colour mixing a tutorial is available to download from

If any readers have had a chance to use them - why not leave a comment for other readers to see with your own opinion of their value?

Friday, 10 February 2012

Malcolm Cudmore - workshops

Malcolm Cudmore, the Editor of the UKCPS magazine, 'Talking Point' and a fine artist in his own right, has some workshops on offer.  He writes:-

"I'm delighted to be running three one-day courses on coloured pencil techniques here in Bungay. They will be at The Art Trading Company studio on Earsham Street and suitable for both beginners and improvers. I shall be sharing my own techniques for creating memorable images with coloured pencils as well as covering other useful art techniques that will help you develop your own work. Each day has a specific focus and will include opportunities to try out a range of high quality pencils and papers as well as work with your own favourite materials. The dates are:
  • Saturday 24th March - "Stone Walls, Bridges and Rural Architecture"
  • Saturday 23rd June - "Still Life"
  • Saturday 15th September - "Portraits"
Each day is 10.30am to 4.30pm and limited to 10 participants. Booking has already started and the first day is almost full already! The fee of £40 per person per day includes all tuition and free tea/coffee. Bring your own lunch! Further details are available from my website - from where you can download flyers for each course."  Visit:


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