“To the Point” is a magazine published twice-yearly by Colored Pencil Society of America. I cannot let the current issue go by without (ahem!) pointing to the cover which has my “Step by Step” drawing on it. The drawing is there because it won CPSA’s Explore This! 11 Online annual competition in January.
Inside this issue is an essay I wrote called “The Importance of Backgrounds” which I have retyped onto one of the permanent pages of this blog.
I would recommend to every artist who uses coloured pencils to consider joining CPSA. Have a look at their website – www.cpsa.org
I joined CPSA a couple of years ago. The initial reason I signed up was to get my hands on their CPSA Lightfastness Test Results Workbook. CPSA continually test pencil brands so that they can report to members which pencils perform best in terms of colour longevity. For several years I thought ALL pencils were lightfast. It was a shock to learn that some are and some aren’t. It was essential, once the bliss of my ignorance was dispelled, to learn which pencils to avoid. (What coloured pencil manufacturers call lightfast ain’t necessarily so!)
Since I joined CPSA I have enjoyed participating in competitions, learning about new products, reading what other artists have written and of course looking at all the other coloured pencil art. I even like the advertisements because they are always relevant to my art practice. (The other day I ordered a set of Caran d’Ache New Museum Aquarelle Pencils from U.K. I blame the pretty ad in the magazine. To quote Krusty the Clown, “I’m not made of stone!”)
It is just great to be part of an international coloured pencil community. I may live in the most isolated city in the world but thanks to social media, coloured pencil Facebook groups and CPSA, I’m as close to the action as anyone else.
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