Saturday, November 29, 2008

17th Annual CPSA Exhibition - It’s Time to Prepare Your Entry! - Deadline March 31, 2009

We are excited to announce that the Prospectus for this year’s exhibition has been mailed and is also available at the cpsa website ( The exhibition and convention will be in Atlanta, Georgia this year. The dates of the exhibition are July 9 through August 29, 2009. Convention week is July 27 - August 1. The other important date to remember is the entry deadline of March 31, 2009.

This year we will again be using the CaFE™ system for digital entries. All entries must be via a digital file submitted to the website. You can find information both on the site (available Tuesday, Dec 2nd) and on our website. And if you have further questions, contact emails are listed in the downloadable prospectus available at the following link:

The prospectus has details about the Exhibition, the convention hotel (Marriott Atlanta Gwinnett Place) and convention activities. These will be outlined further in later blog entries.

We are looking forward to seeing the entries for this year. There are always so many beautiful and expressive pieces entered and each year is a new experience. If you’ve never been to one of our conventions, we encourage you to come and share. The colored pencil art is wonderful to see “in person” and the member meeting includes the unique experience of seeing ALL of the entries to the show. It is very much a learning experience to see what the juror had to choose from--a difficult and challenging job to be sure.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Don't be one of those who suffer regret for not entering the Explore This! 5 exhibition. This is the first year that it will be an on line show -- no shipping costs! The show will also be viewable from anywhere in the world through the website. The artwork must be predominantly colored pencil pigment; however, it can be 2D, 3D collage -- time to put your imagination to work.

Entry is through the website and must be done via digital entry. Most artists are finding that digital entry is a great way to go. Please see the prospectus and entry qualifications by visiting the website. Also, we have helpful documents at our website which are linked from the following page: Juror for this show is Gwen Chanzit, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why Do Art? - Explore This! 5 - CP Magazine Article - Book by CPSA Member

For those of you who may be still considering what to enter in the Explore This! 5 exhibition, consider the following thoughts from our Product Research Director, Betsy Holster. Betsy, in addition to being on the National Board of CPSA, is a professor of art at California State at Fullerton. She is also an award winning artist. Her entry in the Explore This! 4 show is shown here. "Overpass/Underpass Covered" is colored pencil and Xerox transfer, 15 x 22-1/2"

Betsy Holster, CPSA – Product Research Director
Reprinted with permission from To The Point – Spring 2005

Why do we do art? The immediate and common answer often is “because we have to.” Many people express the idea that they just couldn’t imagine their lives without art. Most of us in CPSA would categorize ourselves in this way.

The deeper answer requires us to closely examine what it is that art does for us – what function does it fulfill? This is a question that is often bypassed. For many, enjoyment sometimes seems to be enough; why look further when you know that the pleasure you feel in the process of creating works seems to say it all?

So what difference does it make if we question our art ‘motives’? Do we really need to know why we feel compelled to create art? Why bother to inquire? One of the main reasons this personal interrogation is important and useful is that when we know what we expect art to do for us, we can focus on those art activities that will get us there. It’s a simple idea but one that can make a huge difference in our personal satisfaction level.

There are a variety of different things that art can ‘do’ for us. Some of these include the following:

· Art can create a system of goals and successes – progress benchmarks – that give a sense of satisfaction.

· Art can allow for a meditative process of close observation.

· Art provides a platform for communication on many levels.

· Art creates links to cultures around the world – a way to study our differences and similarities.

· The examination of art places us within a continuum of historic visual expression.

· Being fully engaged in art forces us to ask questions, solve problems, and intellectually challenge ourselves.

Even within these areas we can investigate what we as individuals want art to do for us.

Not all of us will be interested in all of these areas – and that is what makes this examination of our expectations regarding art so valuable. If we know what we need, and what we want, we enhance the likelihood that we will put ourselves in situations where we will meet these important needs.

This is one of the strengths of our society. Our members will be found along a fascinating and varied continuum of wants and needs. And the CPSA provides a variety of venues to explore these ideas, from the international/national level with the annual convention, exhibits, workshops, and TTP, to the local/regional level, with chapter meetings, newsletters, workshops and other activities, all the way to the individual level where conversations between people who “like to do art” can be a strong component of what is needed to satisfy our art needs. I invite you all to join in this rewarding exploration.


Magazine Article Featuring CPSA Member

Don't miss the article in the November 2008 issue of The Artist's Magazine written by Gary Greene, CPSA entitled "Uptight is All Right." This article is a great reference for types of colored pencils and styles of application. Also, there may be some of you who have not heard that Gary is our first recipient of the 15 year Merit Recognition. This means that he has had his artwork accepted into 15 of the 16 Annual Exhibitions -- no small feat! Congratulations, Gary.


New CP Book by CPSA Member

Jonathan Newey, has a new book available entitled Drawing with Coloured Pencils. It is published by New Holland Publishers and is available through Jonathan is a founding member of the UKCPS and is a new member of CPSA.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

End of 16th Annual Exhibition - Order your DVD of the Show

A group of hardy volunteers met with the storage/shipper this past week at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the gallery for the 16th Annual Show, and removed the artwork from the walls for shipping back to the artists. While we were loading the artwork people were still stopping by to take a last look at the art. And one of the employees of the WSCTC asked if we would be showing again soon! He said he had enjoyed viewing the show more than any other. There were 8 pieces of art sold--congratulations to those artists.

If you missed the show, or if you just want to review it at your leisure, reserve your DVD now. The DVD features the images from the 2008 16th Annual International Exhibition and all award winners will be noted. The DVD can be viewed on your computer (if you have DVD installed) or through your TV or other DVD monitor. You can order by check or online through PayPal. Click here for ordering information.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Featured Colored Pencil Artists

If you subscribe to the International Artist magazine, you have already celebrated the colored pencil pieces that have won top prizes in the recent Challenge No. 47 Still Life and Florals. Second prize was awarded to Kristen Doty of Washington State for her striking "Quill and Soul." Third prize was awarded to Naomi Aho of Maine, entitled "Sanctuary VII" and Cecile Baird, CPSA, Ohio is a Finalist with her "Orange Delight." Another Finalist is Susan Tait Porcaro of Connecticut with "Fragrant Promises." Congratulations to each of you and we are proud to claim each of these artists as members of CPSA.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Update on Orphan Works Act

Forwarded from Illustrators Partnership

SEPT 27 Yesterday, in a cynical move, the sponsors of the Senate Orphan Works Act passed their controversial bill by a controversial practice known as hotlining.

With lawmakers scrambling to raise 700 billion dollars to bail out businesses that are "too big to fail," the Senate passed a bill that would force small copyright holders to subsidize big internet interests such as Google, which has already said it plans to use millions of the images this bill will orphan.

With the meltdown on Wall Street, this is no time for Congress to concentrate our nation's copyright wealth in the hands of a few privately owned corporate databases. The contents of these databases would be more valuable than secure banking information. Yet this bill would compel creators to risk their own intellectual property to supply content to these corporate business models. That means it would be our assets at risk in the event of their failure or mismanagement.

As David Rhodes, President of the School of Visual Arts has said, the Orphan Works bill would socialize the expense of copyright protection while privatizing the profit of creative endeavors. Copyright owners neither want nor need this legislation. It will do great harm to small businesses. We already have a banking crisis. Congress should not lay the groundwork for a copyright crisis.

--Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Illustrators' Partnership


We MUST try to stop the House Judiciary Committee from folding their bill (HR5889) and adopting the Senate version.

If you've done it before, do it again!

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Thanks to all of you who heeded the call to action yesterday.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Are You Aware of the Orphan Works Act? Be Informed!

Forwarded from the Illustrators’ Partnership of America:

Orphan Works: Responses to the House Judiciary Committee

If you've written Congress about the Orphan Works bill, you may have received a reply based on talking points supplied by the House Judiciary Committee. Recently, a Congressman asked us to respond to them in detail. On September 1, we did. We've posted our replies on our blog:

The Committee's statements are taken verbatim from their talking points. Our responses have been filed with the Small Business Administration for distribution to members of Congress. Artists are free to use any of our responses in their own letters to lawmakers.

Some excerpts:

• [T]his bill re-defines an "orphaned work" as any work by any author that any potential user ever finds hard to find. Sooner or later, that could be every work by every author. This bill will define millions of works as orphans on the premise that some may be.
• Why must an owner be "easily found" by parties other than those the owner chooses to do business with? Is there a national emergency in visual images that requires legislation to regulate this sector of the free market?
• There's no need for government intervention here. We're professionals. We're alive, working and managing our copyrights. We can be found. Our clients find us all the time. But that doesn't mean that anyone, anywhere can find us. And frankly, why should it? Basing a law on this questionable premise is not solving an orphaned work problem. It's legalizing the taking of private property.
• The argument that artists can always resolve orphan works disputes in court is a measure of the bill's most serious defect:  Any law that drives business decisions into the courts is bad for business and bad for the courts.
• We believe our work benefits the public by being published through the channels where we wish to publish it. The current copyright law works by giving us the incentive to keep doing this. 
• Authors' rights are exclusive. Public interest cannot compel creators to publish their work. So by what right of eminent domain can government give members of the public the right to publish their work for them?

    - Brad Holland, for the Illustrators' Partnership

For ongoing developments, go to the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works blog:

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Invitation for Explore This! 5 now available

Submit Entries - Sept 16 thru Nov 15, 2008
Entries accepted through

Beginning in 2009, the CPSA Explore This! exhibition will be a juried online show. This change is being made with the hope of allowing artists to display their work to a broader audience. We want to increase participation by encouraging the exploration of new materials and by appealing to artists who are not primarily colored pencil artists.

Instead of every other year, Explore This! will be held annually and acceptance into three shows within a 10 year period will earn a new signature designation, called CPX, for the artist. The winners of the top three awards will be invited to send their pieces for display in the CPSA International Exhibition that year. In addition, a full-color issue of To The Point will showcase the accepted entries.

The show specifications are also slightly different than before. Although 100% colored pencil works will still be allowed, there must be some element of the work which breaks the rules of the CPSA International Exhibition. You can do that in a number of ways, such as applying gesso or otherwise preparing the surface, cutting or tearing the paper (collage), going three-dimensional, or just by using one or more other art media (paint, ink, pastels).

So go wild and let your creative juices flow!! A sample of a creative entry for Explore This! 4 is shown above--colored pencil on a gourd!

Prospectus available at

Monday, September 1, 2008

Membership Renewal for 2009

If you are a member of CPSA you probably know that our membership year is from Nov 1 to Oct 31 of each year. We do, however, start "opening the doors" on Sept 1.

So if you are a renewing member or you have been considering joining CPSA this is the ideal time to send in your renewal or new application. You will be a member in good standing until October 31, 2009.

Please visit our website,, for a .pdf of our Membership Application. It can be used for new members or renewals or you can use our Pay on Line option. Links for both of these options are on the Membership Page

But just in case you might forget to renew, we will be mailing a Membership Renewal Card out in the next few weeks.

We have also changed one of our guidelines this year, you must renew by Dec 31 to be included in the next issue of our Membership Directory in the spring (2009/2010).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Featured Artist is Added to the CPSA Website

"Empty Nest" CIPPY Best of Show Award

Learn more about our very own member, Jeff George, CPSA, winner of the CIPPY Best of Show Award and Staedtler Award in the 16th Annual International Exhibition. In fact, Jeff's artwork has been recognized in a number of our exhibitions--and for good reason. More about Jeff

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Post Convention Notes

The 16th Annual Convention is now over, but the Exhibition continues at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, USA. The Exhibition will close on September 29, 2008. Hours at the gallery are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor atrium.

Visit to view the Award Winners Award Winners.


Big Draw 2 Winner!
Kristy Jordan of Florida

Silent Auction - Donations Garnering Top Three Bids
Cecile Baird
Elizabeth Patterson
Pat Averill