Thursday, 23 May 2013

Wirral CP Group

Just in case any of my readers are planning to be visiting the Wirral this coming weekend (They are commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic on the River Mersey -- loads of warships in the docks to photograph!), you may wish to spend the afternoon of Saturday 25th in the company of the Wirral group.

1pm to 4pm at St Chad's Church Hall, Roslin Road, Irby, Wirral, CH61 3UH.

It's International Nerds Day - otherwise known as Geek Pride Day - (It's true! Honest!), so I shall be awarding a prize to the picture voted the most Nerdy!

Contact me on: 0151 670 1680 or email: for information or directions.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Victoria Parsons - BBC Wildlife Artist Competition

Regular readers may have seen my post of 18 April 2013 regarding Victoria Parsons being chosen as a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year completion [if not - read it now!].

Congratulations then to Victoria:-

Just a quick email to let you know the Coloured Pencil Painting of the Wolves that was in the finals for The Wildlife Artist of the Year received a Commendation in the World Mammal Category. I am so thrilled especially as its a coloured pencil work !!! I have added the image as you requested last time we spoke. I hope it will be of interest to the other coloured pencil members.

On the 4th August, Victoria will be running a Workshop at The Anglian Wolf Centre in Bedfordshire. The day course is entitled "Art and Photography Day", and will be run by Victoria and a very talented Cambridge Photographer, Jim Gintner. As well as tuition in all types of coloured pencil techniques and the techniques of Photography, the day will include a walk with one of the female wolves in the pack. This is a rare opportunity to get in close contact with these beautiful, graceful animals. There will be unlimited photo opportunities throughout the day. The cost of the day will be £50.00. All the proceeds from this workshop will go to wolf conservation.
For further details of the Workshop,  Victoria can be contacted by email,, or phone 01788 822938.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

2013 Open Exhibition Judges

The annual UKCPS Open Exhibition takes place at the Patchings Art Centre, 1st September to 6th October 2013

The names of the three judges choosing the pictures to be on display at this year's Exhibition have now been announced, and they are:

Liz Wood from Patchings Art Centre
John Hope-Hawkins of the Society for All Artists [SAA]
Lesley Crawford - founder member of UKCPS
The exhibition awards judge will be Nottinghamshire artist, Stephen Ashurst
And, as a reminder........

Workshops at the UKCPS Exhibition

In conjunction with their Open International Exhibition 2013 the UK Coloured Pencil

Society is supporting a series of workshops in coloured pencil techniques. These will be

held at Patchings Art Centre (address below).

The workshops cost £49.50 for the day and run from 10.30am to 4pm with an hour for

lunch. All materials are provided. There is a cafe on site or you can bring a packed lunch.

Tea and coffee provided during the morning and afternoon.

1 Sept. - Sue Vize - Botanical

21 Sept. - Karen Coulson - Fur and Feathers

22 Sept. - Jonathan Newey - Animal Portraiture

Details and Aplication Forms can also be found at
Please send your application form and remittance to Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road,
Calverton, Nottinghamshire, NG14 6NU       Tel: 0115 965 3479

Or contact Patchings by phone to book your place.
And - furthermore!
Why not visit the UKCPS stand at this year's Patchings Art Festival, 6th to 9th June 2013!  You can meet some of the people who make your society happen!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

New Local group - North Yorkshire

UKCPS Signature Member, Lesley Sharman, has been in touch to tell about a new Local Group recently formed in the Ripon area of North Yorkshire:

We've now had a first meeting and have set up a group. It all went swimmingly. Everybody got on well together, and are very keen.

There are six of us at present: one's not yet a UKCPS member but is an excellent CP artist and I expect she will join soon.

We've called ourselves the UKCPS Dales Group.
We've arranged to meet on the last Monday of the month, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at my house for the foreseeable future.

For more information about the Dales Group, contact Lesley direct on: 
01765 601868

[If any other members have news items about their local group - please let me know and I'll publicise it!  send to: ]


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