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:


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