Thursday, 26 January 2012

Try Coloured Pencils - on the Wirral

I posted a noatice of this event on 6th January last.  Please note that the event is now fully subscribed with 36 attending.  I am compiling a waiting list of those who wish to get first chance at a follow-up day to be held later.

Alan McMahon

Victoria Parsons - Artists & Illustrators Magazine

Congratulations to UKCPS member, Victoria Parsons, who is another of our members appearing in Artists & Illustrators magazine:  [SEE PREVIOUS POST RE: BEV LEWIS]

"I thought I would drop you a quick line to say that a drawing of mine has been selected to be featured on the Artist and Illustrators "Featured Collections" in their Animals and Wildlife Exhibition on line.
The image is of Cheza the wolf that was chosen by the public as being the best in show, in last years Annual Exhibition at Stamford".

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bev Lewis - A & I featured artist

UKCPS Silver Member, Bev Lewis, is the featured artist in the March edition of 'Artists & Illustrators' Magazine.

Bev writes:
"I was surprised and delighted to find myself as a featured artist in the Artists & Illustrators online portfolio gallery 'Portfolio Plus'. They asked if I would like to be one of their featured artists.., well would I? Of course I would.
They sent me a questionnaire to find out a little about me and my art and this is the result.
I am so pleased that they liked my work enough to feature it, and they also kindly put a link to UKCPS website. 'Big Red'  is featured in the January 2012 issue of A&I. This picture won a Highly Commended Award for the UKCPS 2009 exhibition."

Friday, 20 January 2012

NEWA - Nat. Exhibition of Wildlife Art

I am aware that a number of UKCPS members submit pictures to the annual NEWA exhibition at Gordale Nursery, on the Wirral.  The following statement has been issued by the organisers:

National Exhibition Wildlife Art 2012

NEWA has been running very successfully for many years, but the time has come to rethink the administration and financing of the exhibition. We have endeavoured to do this without changing the original concept, which was to keep the fees for the artists as low as possible, to bring examples of excellent wildlife art from amateur and professional artists to the north of England, and to raise awareness of the natural environment.

We hope that we have achieved this but we need your help.

Please fill in your Application Forms on line, if possible. This will greatly assist the admin team. It is very easy to follow the simple directions, but help is just a phone call away if needed. You will be sent an email as soon as you have submitted your form. This will give you your own personal number which you can enter in the specified box on the home page at any time, up to delivery, and change your forms. You will also be able to download your labels for pictures, labels for packaging, your receipt of pictures, invitations for your buyers and fliers to help advertise the exhibition. Payment does not necessarily have to be done online. We will also accept payment by cheque or card.

NEWA has not changed – we are still trying to show the best of your work to as many buyers as possible, but we are aiming to be more efficient in these challenging times.

To apply visit

From the NEWA team

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Society TREASURER required!!

This is a reminder to all UKCPS members that the society is in urgent need of a volunteer TREASURER, to enable our present Treasurer, Ann Roberts, to take a well-earned break from the job.

The successful applicant, who will become a member of the UKCPS Executive Committee, will need some experience in keeping club-type Income & Expenditure accounts, and be able to produce a Balance Sheet.
Because of the dispersed nature of the committee membership, most of the work of the Exec. Committee is carried out via the web, so access to the internet is required.  The committee does meet, (but infrequently), so UK residency is required.

Your Executive Committee are a friendly bunch of volunteers, so if you have some spare time available, why not join us and give some time to the society as the society's Treasurer?

For more information about the role of Treasurer, contact Barbara Murray, the UKCPS Chair, on or Ann Roberts on

Maria Villioti - New blog link

Maria Villioti, a UKCPS member in Greece, has a new blog.  See the link in 'Members Blogs' (scroll down the column on the right) entitled:

The link takes you to her home page which is set out in Greek, but there is a simple to use facility which translates the page into a number of languages.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Karen Coulson - Artist-in-Residence

Wildlife artist and UKCPS silver member, Karen Coulson, is Artist-in-Residence at 'Nature-in-Art' during this next week.  'Nature-in-Art' takes place in the village of  Twigworth, situated on the A38 in Gloucestershire.  Karen will be working on three different pictures from Tuesday 17 January until Sunday 22nd, and also hopes to have room for a 'Have-a-Go' table, space permitting.

The event, which features a wildlife photography exhibition, is open 10 am until 5pm, and costs £5.25 for adults, but there are concessions.  Nature-in-Art have a website:

Karen says "If you are visiting the Wildlife Photography exhibition or are local to the area please call in and say hello. I've not done anything quite like this before, so it would be lovely to see some friendly faces."

Thursday, 12 January 2012

New local group - Keswick area

Zoe Ginty, a UKCPS member, and one of the staff at the Pencil Museum in Keswick, has been in touch with news of a local coloured pencil group just starting in the Keswick (North Lakes) area :--

Hia everyone!
A new local pencil art group is starting up in Cumbria on Saturday 21st January. We have been lucky enough to have had lots of interest in our group, so will be holding it at the Quaker Meeting House (near Booths Supermarket) in Keswick rather than at the Pencil museum education room, as previously planned.
Free parking is available at the Pencil Museum, so please ask at the Museum reception and you will be given a parking permit for the session(10am to 2pm). It will take place on the third Saturday of each month, at the small cost of one pound per person.
Everyone is welcome,so please bring your pencils, paper and enthusiasm for a session of drawing, experimentation, show, tell and some demonstrating with like minded pencil art fans.
Look forward to meeting you !!
Please contact us for more details.....
Zoe Ginty (you may know me from the Pencil Museum) 07843416183 and Barbara Murray (our very own Chairman)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Leisure Painter - Simply The Best 2011 results

Congratulations to UKCPS members, Irina Garmashova-Cawton, and Judith Heilbronn-Crown, whose CP pictures are featured in the February edition of  'Leisure Painter' as winning entries in the Hobbycraft 'Simply The Best Competion 2011'.

 The pictures were on display at the recent Art Materials Live Show held at the NEC in November.

I should also mention that the February 'Leisure Painter' contains the 2nd part of a colour pencil article by Veronica Winters, featuring two seperate still-life execises using fruit.

Try Coloured Pencils - on the Wirral


Beginners and experienced CP users alike will be welcome to join me at St Chad’s Church Hall, Roslin Road, Irby, Wirral, CH62 3UH from 9.30 am to 4 pm on SATURDAY 25 February 2012, for a friendly day of coloured pencil demonstration, and ‘Have-a-Go’ workshop.
Our guest for the morning will be Brenda Chappell, a
well-known Manchester artist, who will be demonstrating
techniques using the famous Caran D’Ache range of pencils.
Brenda is a regular demonstrator at art societies throughout
north of England, at Art Materials Live in the NEC, and at
the Patchings Festival. A former textile designer, Brenda
now specialises in flower paintings, but also produces landscapes
and portraits.

Brenda will demonstrate the use of the Caran D’Ache excellent
‘Luminance’ pencils, their water-soluable pencils
and Neocolor II range, and other products from the Caran D’Ache range.

Dig out those old pencils you last used in school (or bring along last year’s birthday present), and
‘have a go’ with other pencil artists. Paper will be provided. Bring your own subject matter or use some of the photographs available.

and all this for £6 (MORNING ONLY) or £8 for FULL day!!!

Entry forms and further details available from me at:
Alan McMahon
32 Noctorum Dell
CH43 9UL

Tele: 0151 670 1680   Email:


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