Previous Meetings

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10 Colored Pencil Hints and How-To’s

Our January meeting will welcome in the New Year for colored pencil artists by presenting some long awaited “Hints and How To’s”! This valuable information will help you to expand your foundation for your colored pencil en-deavors. Hand outs will be given to all who attend. There is an abundance of information to share and experience. Don’t miss the fun, join us every second Saturday in Pa-cific Beach!!

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Annual December Christmas Celebration and Potluck

We always enjoy this meeting. It has food everyone gets to share and gift giving!! Yup, every single attendee will get an artful gift this year. Also a great time to connect with other like minded colored pencil folks and create community.

Anything you would like to share for potluck is fine, hot or cold, it is up to you. This is an excellent opportunity to show off your culinary expertise. Plus the perfect time to invite a friend or acquaintance to our group and introduce them to all our warm hearted and talented colored pencil peeps.

Looking forward to seeing ALL of you at our Annual December Christmas Celebration and Potluck. A party is just not a party without you!!

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Hints and How To's

For our November meeting our President, Karen and our VP, Blade will be offering some hints and how to’s pertaining to colored pencil. Examples will be shown from past projects. And best of all!! You will be given a hand out! We have much to share with you and know this will enhance your colored pencil experience.

For more details see the newsletter.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Pacific Beach Library Gallery

THIS MONTH AT THE MEETING (in the Gallery at the Pacific Beach Library):

We have a FREE framing workshop at our meeting this month. Please make sure to take this opportunity to get your work framed. We will want to make the best impression for the show and proper framing and matting can have a huge impact on your work. If your work is larger, you may want to bring a piece of mat-board too. They sell mat-board at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Pacific Beach Library Gallery

THIS MONTH AT THE MEETING (in the Gallery at the Pacific Beach Library):

This month we want to support our members in preparing for our chapter’s upcoming show in November, and through December, at the Kearny Mesa/ Serra Mesa Library. It is our goal to give you all the help you need to enable you to participate in this opportunity to letyour work shine for all to see!

Saturday, August 10, 2019
First Meeting in Pacific Beach Library

This month we want to support our members in preparing for our
chapter’s upcoming show in November, and through December, at
the Kearny Mesa/ Serra Mesa Library. It is our goal to give you all the
help you need to enable you to participate in this opportunity to let
your work shine for all to see!

Bring in your project, and/or your ideas for one, and if you need help
brain-storming, we are here for you! We are even planning on
offering assistance with framing for your piece in October. All
members are encouraged to join in with our group. If you’ve never
put your work into a show, this is a great way to get started. You will
have the full support of our group to help you along the way.

REMEMBER: This is our first month at the Pacific Beach Taylor
Branch Library. This month ONLY, we will be meeting from
12-2:30pm, next month back to our regular time

Remember to bring in what you are working on, or any pieces that
you have recently completed for our Gallery Share, and optional
Critique, segment of the meeting. We all love to see what everyone is
doing and the group feedback can be so helpful in giving your piece
that extra polish!

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Colored Pencil Techniques: Metal

From Our President

A friendly reminder this is our last month at Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library. We have enjoyed our time here and appreciated all the fun shows. Rosa Kwon has been a very accommodating head librarian, but we must move forward and grow. Pacific Beach is an opportunity for more exposure and greater chances to grow our group! It is always a joy to welcome new members with their fresh enthusiasm and ideas to share. Join us in looking forward to this move and inviting new prospective members!!

There are just a few kinks to work out concerning the move. A prior library reservation necessitates a change in time for our August meeting which will be held from 12:00-2:30pm on August 10, 2019, at the Pacific Beach library.

This month (July) we will be watching a dvd by Janie Gildow entitled “Colored Pencil Techniques: Metal” followed in August with the chance to practice what we learned in a mini workshop. A supply list for this mini workshop will follow in the August newsletter.

With new beginnings, hopefully you are working on new projects for our November-December show. This show was previously scheduled and will be held at the Serra Mesa/Kearney Mesa Library. Thank you all for your patience as we transition meeting places.

I am so looking forward to seeing all your new projects this month! Peace and pencils,


Saturday, June 8, 2019
New Apps

Wow, there are so many apps out there today that can support artists with their artwork.

Stephanie is so excited to share with us some of the apps she uses! How many of you take photos with your phone? There is so much more to learn about transforming those photos into great references. You’re just a few steps away from an award winning piece. You may want to take notes too!!

As usual, we will be having Show & Tell. Bring in your art work for
critique, if wanted. Bring it in 'cause everyone wants to see it :)

We will also be doing the drawing for the Annual Award Show Raffle
of "Yuugen", donated by Blade. This is exciting. Only one winner, and
it may be YOU!

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Presented by Blade

This will be a very exciting meeting! We all have so much to share and talk about. Let's talk about our beautiful and impressive chapter show currently displayed at the Taylor Gallery located at the Pacific Beach Library. Beautiful show gang!! We will hand out some judge critiques too.

We would also like to share our experiences gathered at the Denise
Howard workshop, "Textures in Nature with Colored Pencils." Please bring
in your examples of textures you practiced from the workshop and we will
all share.

Chapter changes require your input. Every member counts! Please be
present to offer your opinions and votes.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

There will be no meeting at our usual location at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library.

We will all be at the Pacific Beach Library, Taylor Gallery, participating in the Denise Howard Workshop, “Textures in Nature with Colored Pencil”.

If you have not paid or signed up you still have time, please contact Blade 619 266-0671 Looking forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to attend our next regular meeting in May when
we will share our work and how we have implemented the
lessons learned from the workshop.

Saturday, March 9, 2019; 10 am - 12:30 pm
Odorless Mineral Spirits (Oms) Mini Workshop, presented by Blade

There are many different tools that may be used to get different effects and texture with colored pencils. Orderless mineral spirits, or OMS, is a tool that can be used to blend, blur, defuse, or create drama, just for a few examples. Your artist imagination is the limit.

I do not use all tools for every project. OMS may use be used on just a small portion or on all but a small portion. Each project is different.

This month we will all discover properties of OMS together. DC 202 will provide a little project, paper, tools needed and lots of information. My preference are Prismacolor Premium Pencils for most of my projects and find they work well with OMS. We will be working on a leaf.

Please bring your pencils and include some greens, yellow ochre, tuscan red, along with some basic colors and black and white. Include your usual tools and consider a lamp.

Let's have fun! Questions, contact Blade.

Saturday, February 9, 2019; 10 am - 12:30 pm
Plagiarism and Ramifications

First, we are planning on showing a DVD of the winners of the CPSA Annual Award Show of 2018. After the viewing we will open the floor for discussion of the show.

Karen and Blade will be sharing information about the use of reference photos for your work. There is a difference between reference photos and plagiarism.

At the meeting you will find plenty of support for you and your art piece for our annual award show. All you have to do is ask and you shall receive, happily!

Saturday, January 12, 2019; 10 am - 12:30 pm
Different Strokes and Project Help

Yes, how you use your pencil to make strokes does matter to achieve what you desire. We are going to talk about different pencil strokes and how you can utilize the to your advantage.

We really want to support you to get your project ready for our annual award show. The Taylor Gallery is a beautiful place to have a show and your art will look just lovely there. This is why we wan to give you a jump start on your way to having a fine project finished by the time the show arrives in April. We will aso be breaking into groups and offering suggestions, support or whatever you need to get you on track for showing.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10 am - 12:30 pm

Yup, it is that time of the year! We will be enjoying our CPSA DC202 Annual Potluck and Party. We look forward to party-ing with you all! If you have not come to a meeting lately, come join in the camaraderie. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to reconnect. This is also a good time to introduce CPSA to a friend that may have an interest in colored pencils. We are planning raffle gifts for all and lots of joy, food and laughter!

Saturday, November 11, 2018, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Design Your Name Tag 

We will be showing a DVD of the winners from the CPSA Inter-national Convention and Show 2018. You will be amazed at the images!! Is this really colored pencils? Unbelievable!!

Also, please bring your pencils and be ready to design your name tag. Yup, our new Prez wants to get to know you better and that means wearing your name tag. It will be a fun project designing a name tag that reflects your personality. Bring all the other tools you need to make your name tag stand out!

Lastly, please bring in your “Black Paper Project”, from last month. You all had such a great start, we can hardly wait to see the finished product.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Working on Black Paper, Part 2
Mini Workshop: Black Paper Adventure

Look forward to a fun time.

Award winning artist, Blade, is presenting this
workshop to show how easily colored pencils render
on black paper. You will learn basic techniques used
to apply colored pencil to black paper. Hopefully you
will experience how much faster colored pencil on
black paper can be! There will be paper and a project
provided just for you.

Things you will need to bring: Prismacolor Premium colored pencils work best for this project or whatever creamier pencils you have. I do not know what colors exactly, but be sure to include: white, green(light, medium, dark), indigo blue and some pastel colors of yellow, blue, pink, or lavender. This will be a loose project, so any colors can work. Bring ALL your pencils if you wish along with the usual tools: pencil sharpener, kneadable eraser, soft brush, etc.. You may want to bring a light, as the library lighting has much to be desired.

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 am - 1pm
Working on Black Paper, Part 1

This month, a video will be viewed that stars Gary Green demonstrating techniques for working on black paper. Mr. Green produces a piece that renders a gloxinia, that’s a flower, while demonstrating the techniques he favors for use on black paper.

This is actually the first part of a two meeting series on black paper techniques. In October, Blade will be sharing her favored techniques for working on black paper. This will be a hands on demonstration so everyone will have the opportunity to try their hand at producing work on black paper.

This two part series promises to be a learning experience you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10 am - 1pm

Lots of changes happening in our chapter. To celebrate
these changes we will be having a Tea Party. We would
rather like it to be a social occasion, getting to know other
members and their work. We want to take this time to honor
Bobbie Bradford and all the hard work she has contributed
to keep our chapter going. It is also an opportunity to
welcome in Karen Jones as our new President. She will
begin her post in September.

Be sure to bring an art piece you are currently working on along with all your supplies. We will work on our projects as we sip tea or coffee and finger food provided by your Board of Directors. Learn from your fellow artists, everyone has something to offer.

This will be a really fun event and
productive, too! As always we will
enjoy Show &Tell.

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 am - 1pm

By the time our meeting happens, our annual show will
already be up on the walls of the library Community Room
where we meet. It will be fun as well as a learning
experience to look the show over and talk about a few
pieces. We may decide to make this our Show and Tell
portion of the meeting.

Also, bring an art piece you are currently working on along with all your supplies. We want to have a working meeting where we can also walk around and look at other member’s work and ask questions. It is always a win-win to have a melding of ideas and perspectives from other like minded artists.

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 am - 1pm
Framing Workshop

Great opportunity to learn easy framing techniques and get a piece complete, including wire, so that it is ready to hang on the wall or gallery!! Also, there will be a FREE DRAWING for two tickets to the San Diego County Fair!!


FEE: Only $20 for members and $25 for non members
For more information download the flyer.

May 12, 2018
Techniques DVD by JANIE GILDOW and MORE...

Yes, we will be showing a great DVD called Colored Pencil Techniques: Glass with Janie Gildow. Capture the look of real glass as you follow Janie’s colored pencil tips and demos of a variety of clear and colored glass objects. You will learn lessons on reflection and distortion, as well as layering, trans-parency, values, application and more. A wonderful supporter of the colored pencil and longtime member of CPSA. She has won many awards. Janie is a formidable teacher and gives lots of useful tips.

We would also like you to bring in the project you are working on for our annual show, here at the library, coming up in July. This is a great time to get support from other members.

April 14, 2018

What a great idea! We are asking our seasoned members to share their creative process with you. Panel includes: Bobbie Bradford, Carolyn Kenny, Aida Masliah, and Blade. Each one will share how they get inspired and proceed with a project. You will then have an opportunity to ask questions and perhaps get a little advice. We want to help you along on your journey.

We would also like you to bring in the project you are working on for our annual show, here at the library, coming up in July. This is a great time to get support from other members.

Remember it takes a village to raise an artist, or in our case a helpful supportive chapter of CPSA.

March 10, 2018
with Carolyn Kenny

This month Carolyn Kenny will be presenting a mini workshop focusing on textures & values. This is a hands-on experience. We will make a values chart and practice strokes that create texture. Carolyn will have examples of various objects for use to draw texture and background texture as well.

Please bring your colored pencils plus ALL the usual tools needed include a graphite 2B and H&B (if you have them). If not 2B is good. Bring paper or we will provide some too.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Invite your friends too! You may want to bring a portable light source.

February 10, 2018
CPSA 25th Annual International Exhibition Winners DVD Showing and more...

Yes, we are showing the winners during our meeting. You have got to see these incredible pieces of colored pencil art!! You will be blown away… and hopefully inspired!

Our Prez Bobbie will also be giving a short presentation about how easy it is to enter the fair. The staff at the fair are extremely supportive and will gladly hold your hand through the entire process. You can do it!! Enter the fair!

January 13, 2018 -- 12 Frequent Beginner Challenges

FREE Mini Workshop presented by Blade

After much research, experience and discussion with other col-ored pencil artists, I have put together a presentation. Everyone can learn from this mini workshop. I, myself learned a lot doing the research to come up with this list. This will be a fun hands on experience. There will be a handout and examples to coincide with the list of 12.

Please bring a good selection of your colored pencils, preferably Prismacolor Premier or whatever you use. Include in your selec-tion: red, green, blue, orange, purple, yellow. These colors will be used to create a black. You will also need the usual tools.

Graphite Pencil: 2B or 3B
Pencil Sharpener
*You may want to bring a lamp.

This little gem will include lots of suggestions on how to get started on a project and how to keep going once you’ve started. Paper will be provided. Don’t miss out!!

December 9, 2017 -- Holiday Potluck & Party

Ho, ho, ho! It is December once again. We will be enjoying our CPSA DC202 Annual Potluck and Party. Delight us with your presence and food contribution. If you have not come to a meet-ing lately, come join in the camaraderie. This is a great time to reconnect. This is also a good time to introduce CPSA to a friend that may have an interest in colored pencils. We are planning raffle gifts for all and lots of joy, food and laughter.

November Meeting- Cancelled
December 9, 2017 -- Holiday Potluck at Library

This month our meeting falls on Veteran’s Day. All libraries will be closed. We have decided, rather than try to meet somewhere else, to just be BLACK for the month of November this year. As always, if you have any questions or need help, the board is available to support you. A list of board members and their emails is on page 5 of this publication.

However, we would like to remind all that for December we will having our CPSA DC202 Annual Potluck and Party. So plan ahead and delight us with your food contribution. It is always lots of fun and raffle gifts for all.

October Meeting- Saturday, October 14, 2017

So you have made a beautiful piece of art that you want to share with the world. What now?

Perhaps you want to enter your art image in a juried show, or you are a member of the district chapter and want to display it on our website. Did you know our chapter has it’s very own Web Master, Greg Holtz? For our October meeting Greg has agreed to present us with information about the requirements for entering a show. He will go over the information for different shows and point out how the requirements may vary. Then he will show you the step by step process to prepare your digital art images for any submission or entry. This informative presentation will cover needed info about format, dimensions and size. He will have a handout for you too!

Greg will demonstrate with a Windows computer. The principles apply to all computers, but if you have specific questions about using an Apple computer, you may contact him before the meet-ing. He will need to know what operating system version your computer is running, and what software you are using if any.

After his talk he will be glad to load any of your images onto our website or answer any of your digital image questions.

September Meeting- Saturday September 9, 2017

Vera Curnow, CPSA founder, is creating a “2018 Founder’s Challenge: Once Around the Color Wheel.” She is asking us to create a colored pencil drawing using just 3 primary colors; True Blue 903, Magenta 930 and Canary Yellow 916, Prismacolor brand. For best results use Prismacolor ONLY and specifically these colors. It would be helpful to read Mike Pease’s article on page 18 of CPSA, “To The Point”, June 2017. Mike works with just these 3 colors only to create colorful landscapes and tells you how.

At our September meeting Bobbie Bradford and Kathy Lally, our new Vice-president, will be presenting a fun “Mini Workshop” to introduce you to this exciting learning experience.

Please bring in the usual colored pencil tools along with the 3 Prismacolor pencils. Paper will be provided. You may want to bring in a lamp too.

August Meeting- Saturday August 12, 2017

August will be a fun and informative meeting. We will start out with a viewing of the winners from the CPSA 24th Annual International Exhibition 2016. It is always amazing to see what other members have accomplished with colored pencils. During this showing we will be selling raffle tickets.

Our stash for the RAFFLE consists of such lovely items as; Logan Mat Cutter, Ampersand Pastel Board, Pad of Fabriano Paper, Faber Castell Artist Pens, Electric Pencil Sharpener, CPSA Pencil Easel, and much, much more.

Blade will be conducting a short survey to get information from members. and of course we will all enjoy our sharing wall.

July Meeting- Saturday July 8, 2017

This month we get to work together as a group and hang our own show! Be sure to bring in your finished pieces of art for “The Karen Rhiner Project 2”. We will also be planning our Reception for this show on Sunday, July 9, 2017. There will be a finger foods sign-up sheet.

Let’s put our “team hats” on and get this done with fun, creativity and plenty of camaraderie.

There will be mingling, and since we cannot all participate in the hang-ing of the show, bring in a current project you are working on and spend some work time at the meeting. Ask questions, get feedback!

June Meeting- Saturday June 10, 2017
***CHANGED LOCATION: This month only***
Mission Valley Library

Presentation & Discussion: Lightfastness & Wax Bloom

We are meeting at the Mission Valley Branch Library.

There will be a presentation and discussion about topics of concern such as: lightfastness, wax bloom and prevention of these devastating afflictions for colored pencil artists.

For more info see the June 2017 newsletter or the Calendar page.

May Meeting- Saturday May 13, 2017
MINI WORKSHOP: The Impressed Line

We consider ‘the impressed line’ to be just another tool available to the colored pencil artist to render a white line on white paper. This technique of creating a little gully in the white paper surface is called ‘the impressed line’.

The technique is done by placing tracing paper over your project and using a sharp pointed, hard graphite pencil or ball point pen to compress the paper tooth. Take care not to tear through the tracing paper. Our group will be using a stylus to make our lines directly on paper. Not only does this method create texture but highlights too! These lines can be used for whiskers, leaf veins, stitching, wrinkles, and more. Also to indicate movement as in water or wind storms as seen in Raul Colon’s work.

Please bring pencils (Prismacolor or soft core pencils work best here) and all your usual tools (for list of necessary tools see “Blade’s Blurb” on page 4 of this newsletter). Bobbie and Blade will supply demonstration, paper, stylus and handout.

April Meeting- Saturday April 8, 2017

This is a fortuitous month for you! As members of this chapter you will have the great fortune of writing your art biography and artist statement. Our board members, Vicky DeLong and Blade, will be talking about the difference between an Art Biog- raphy and Artist Statement. These are important pieces of infor- mation for you to have and create as part of your portfolio.

We would like everyone to have the desire to show in at least one colored pencil show. Perhaps you are not interested in showing or selling your work. No worries, you can come along for the ride. All members are featured in the newsletter under the “Getting to Know You” section on page 3. We do this to share information and build community. You can use your bio here too.

Our chapter also has “Chapter Albums”. Inside you will find Art Biographies and Artist Statements from our current members.

We are here to help and working together we will create beauti- ful bios and artist statements that you can be proud of. Best of all you will be prepared for anything your future brings. Welcome to our chapter, join in, contribute. You are important to us!

We will provide paper, pen and examples. PLEASE BRING your
colored pencils and supplies needed for name tag.

March Meeting- Saturday March 11, 2017

Our March meeting will be dedicated to giving everyone support on your Karen Pro-ject 2. We will break up in groups and brainstorm ideas. Time to share any themes you have already come up with and most of all we will be bonding. Have fun, I am sure that is what Karen would want for us! There are still plenty of parts available!

Bobbie will be bring in:

  1. Karen's magnetic plastic and scissors for cutting it.
  2. Neutral pH or acid free, archival glues (containers available).
  3. An assortment of cradle boards.

ALL these items are first come/first serve.

Remember, you will have until our July 2017 show date, here at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
ICARUS BOARD with Ester Roi

Ester Roi comes back to San Diego for a refresher presentation of her innovative techniques. She is the inventor of the Icarus Board, a portable, electrically-heated board that softens and eases the blending and manipulation of wax-based drawing media like colored pencils, artist crayons, and oil pastels.

Ester will explain the difference between a drawing and a paint-ing board and will demonstrate fundamental applications of vari-ous mediums and substrates. Five separate Icarus Board sta-tions will be set up in the room and all supplies will be provided. Everyone will have a chance to practice the techniques shown.

Individual hand-outs will include: a technique overview, a list of Ester’s favorite materials, Icarus Board brochures and special rebate coupons for all attendees.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Facebook for Artists

We would like to extend a warm welcome to one of our newest members Cecilia Kinzie. She is a beginning colored pencil artist, filled with enthusiasm for our favorite medium, colored pencils.

Confused by Facebook? Cecilia will explain the ins and outs of Facebook and how easy it is to be a part of this ever expanding social media. She will demonstrate the basics of how to get on Facebook and create an account. Later talking about how to use it to promote your own art and expand your audience. She will also give us a few tips on how to stay up to date with our group's activities through our very own CPSA Chapter 202 FB page.

This is sure to be a fun and exciting meeting, offering lots of in-formation and personal expansion. See you there!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It has finally arrived…our “Annual Potluck & Party”, bring food! Please bring your special dish to share and enjoy with others. This is a party, so there will be fun and celebration!!! Lots of free stuff and a gift drawing. You are sure to take home some art supplies and much more! Joy to the peeps!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

We are going to recap our information presented by our president, Bobbie Bradford, CPSA, presented at our October meeting. A short presentation of the means an artist uses to organize the elements within a work of art. Examples will be shown for each element, to demonstrate how to incorporate these principles into your compositions.

November meeting will be the first of several meetings centering on our Karen Rhiner Project 2. For our “newbies”, Karen spent many years creating her version of Colored Pencil art. She bequeathed all items from her studio split between West Cost Drawing Group and our chapter. Karen passed in 2015, a happy artist. To honor her we have created this group project.

Upon arriving at our meeting this month, you will find waiting for you, all sorts of pieces of Karen’s passion. You may take, at least one piece, for your Karen Project 2, integrating it into something new. You have “carte blanche’, go for it.

We are giving you a Member’s Only, (free) “Karen Project 2” exhibition, here in our meeting room, of the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library, July/August 2017.

Saturday, September 8, 2016

One of the elements of composition is movement. In the case of art, movement is referring to creating a more emotional, inspiring, exciting, even interactive, piece of art. It is important to be aware that you can take your viewer on a journey through your art. This could mean the difference between someone looking at your col-ored pencil painting once or wanting to see it over, and over again.

Our dear president, Bobbie Bradford, CPSA, will be presenting information about creating movement in your art piece using color as well as object placement. Even the smallest element can create movement in a piece. She will bring examples and give suggestions on how to incorporate these elements into your com-positions. Don’t miss it, lots of good info!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Work and Mingle

You are invited to bring a project to work on. Be sure you bring all the supplies you need. This will give you a chance to talk to others, get some tips and see what everyone is up to. Should be fun and interactive.

PLEASE bring your “Black Paper” project from August meeting. We would like to put them all up for show and tell. This will be a great example of our group’s diversity.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

White pencil on Black paper sampleBlade has been presenting CP workshops for about 5 years at local art stores. She also gives private lessons one on one. “I consider myself a color pencil techniques teacher. Students do get to take advantage of my 40 plus years of art learning. I love to watch new artists improve when they implement just a few new techniques. I never had a CP mentor. I am a self taught colored pencil artist. As my stu-dents grow, I grow. It is a win win situation.”

Our little project will be on black paper. This will be fun and fast! We will supply a piece of black Stonehenge paper and a photo “go by”. You will need to bring all the usual tools needed for a project: sharpener, eraser, duster, blender, and any other items you usually use. You will also need 1 or 2 white pencils. We will be using only white pencil for this project. Enjoy!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Barbara Rogers, CPSA, will be giving an informative talk and presentation about the line of products offered by Caran d’Ache. She is a long-time member of CPSA and the California Art club. There will be product samples for those who attend the meeting, as well as a door prize for one lucky attendee. Barbara is asking members to bring, a brush or two. Our chapter will provide paper and water cups. She is looking forward to our time together, as are we.

“Surf at Sunrise” B. Rogers

Immediately after the meeting, we will be taking Barbara, our guest out to lunch. All members are invited to join in the fun.

At the meeting

Barbara Rogers, Caran d'Ache rep, gave us a wonderful talk at our last meeting. In addition to telling us about her quality product and demonstrating the use of her pencils, she gave us some free samples to try and we got to admire some of her beautiful artwork. Thank you, Barbara, for a very informative presentation.

For more details, see the Facebook page


Saturday, June 11, 2016
DURA-LAR (Grafix; archival, polyester product)

Bobbie Bradford will bring several examples of what can be achieved on Dura-Lar. We will provide at least 2 pieces of two sided Dura-Lar. You will see how using a second sheet of Dura-Lar can create depth and distance. A line draw-ing of a leaf or tree branch of Japanese maple will be provided to you. There will be frottage boards giving you the opportunity to create wonderful textures.

You need to bring soft leaded colored pencils (Prismacolor, Caran d’ Ache, Faber Castell, etc), scotch tape or sticky putty to pull up color (not erasers), a pencil sharpener. Also a smooth board to place under your Dura-Lar.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

We will be happily working on our DC 202 project for 2016 CPSA con-vention. Here we will show all the other chapters how talented and down right good the colored pencil artists in San Diego have become.

We are rendering images of San Diego, in colored pencil, 4” x 6”. Bring your own art supplies. Several work surfaces will be offered or bring your own. We will have our display unit at the meeting.

Deadline for submission is July 9, 2016 Our project will be transported to the hospitality Suite at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Connie Grace will present some fun with complimentary colors. We will follow up after the March program on ‘Color Theory’ by doing a mini workshop using only complementary colors plus black, white and gray. The drawing you will work on, will be pro-vided for you. You will need to bring the following:

Two complementary colored pencils, such as:

Also bring:

I found that the following Prismacolor pencil pairs work well:

If you don't have these particular colors bring whatever you have that's close. I suggest; don't bring indigo blue, olive green, or Tuscan red. The two pencils used, when applied over one an-other at the same intensity, should gray out or brown out.

Also bring the usual paraphernalia, eraser, sharpener, etc. It will be lots of fun, as you will complete the small drawing using only these colors and then we will compare results.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Mini Workshop: COLOR THEORY

Lynda Davis Jeha introduces color combining using a limited palette to give you a solid foundation in the complexity of mixing colors. Exercises will cover the color wheel, various color schemes, and the four properties of color. This will help us to un-derstand the language of color on a deeper level and use color relationships in practical applications.

Please bring your colored pencils, sharpeners and any others supplies needed to explore with colored pencils. We will gladly supply the paper.

We are happy to present Lynda Davis Jeha visiting us from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Lynda says, “A hallmark of my work is my fascination with color. I pay close attention to how colors vi-brate together. I use color and design elements to create depth, energy and light in my paintings. Some of my paintings are care-fully conceived, while others are more spontaneous, but the com-mon thread to all of my work is a bold exploration of various color schemes and the ability to push color past traditional limits. In April 2011, one of Davis Jeha’s painting, “Bach Symphony,” was on exhibit at the prestigious San Diego Art Institute Mu-seum of the Living Artist’s 51st Interna-tional Exhibition. She was selected along with 75 other artists from around the world.

Please check out her website for her complete bio and background:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February is a great month to socialize and network. We will be working on our own projects and gathering information from other members. Use this opportunity for free tutoring if you need help! Be sure to bring a project, pencils, sharpeners, lamps and any-thing else you may need to get down and work.

We will also be viewing the DVD of the “EXPLORE THIS! 11” competition results. You will be blown away, far, far away!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

We will begin our new year by stretching the boundaries of our colored pencil. Today colored pencil artist enjoy the medium in many different ways.

Prez Bobbie Bradford will be sharing techniques for using water soluble pencils and the best paper for this project.
Blade, our newsletter editor, will share about the many different solvents available and the tools needed to use them. She will discuss how they work with colored pencil and why you may want to incorporate their use in your work.

You will be given paper and supplies to experiment. Please bring any colored pencils you may have, wax, oil or water soluble. Let us explore this together and create some fun!

We will also be showing a DVD of the CPSA Exhibitions of 2015.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It has finally arrived… our “Annual Potluck & Party” Please bring your special dish to share and enjoy with others. This is a party, so there will be a gift drawing and fun for all! Let’s celebrate our group!!!


Meetings will resume in January 2016.

No October 2015 Meeting

Balboa Park - Past, Present and Future

We thought it best to put our energies into sitting Gallery 21 for our “rrrrreally BIG” show and providing demonstrations on the patio in Spanish Village this month. All members are invited to participate in the volunteering, whether you are in the show or not. You are part of our group and we would love to have your support sitting the gallery or at the demos.

YES, we are excited about showing our work in Gallery 21, but more so, this is an opportunity to introduce people to the local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. We have been working towards this mass publicity for many months. That is why we created new brochures and business cards. In-creased membership would help us have a larger pool of volunteers and more sharing of art ideas.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Work Together, Right Now!

We plan to use this “meeting time” to get together and concentrate on our projects for the October show.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Suede Board Mini Workshop with Lori Sutherland

Lori Sutherland is a local, award winning artist who is known for her colorful and detailed colored pencil art. Lori is also skilled at pastels and acrylic paintings. She acquired some mentoring for her work, but is a pure natural talent, and continues to grow with each completed project. Lori has been juried into many art walks and galleries throughout San Diego county. She has just moved into her new art studio in Ramona, where she is now able to hold art classes for adults and kids. Be sure to check out her website:

We will be doing a bird of paradise on suede board. The suede board, transfer paper, and the stencil will be supplied.

Your Supply List:

Optional for Experimentation on Suede Board:

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Framing Matters

Lois Adler–Roussell has been framing her own work for over 40 years. Earning a Master’s in Printmaking at college, supported her in learning to frame her prints for competitions. Lois states that she worked at a frame shop for 4 years at one time in her life. In her short presentation she will show work that is framed the correct and incorrect way. She plans to bring in some of the tools of the trade: frames, mat samples and a mat cutter. Be ready to explore and learn.


If you plan to enter any of your colored pencil pieces in a show, framing is very important. Some judges are sticklers about the professional presentation of your art.

There is a good article about this very issue by Ann Kullberg. She posted it on her blog in 2013. You can go to her website and read the entire article : Ann's CP News & Stuff! > Judge not, lest ye be judged...Unless they ask nicely! Here is an excerpt:

Don't over-do the framing and mat. If you can't cut a really, really straight mat, then leave it to the professionals. Keep it sim-ple and try like heck to enhance the image without calling too much attention to the mat and frame. Don't overwhelm your art with a lot of fancy framing. Your framer will try to talk you into that...but remember that that's their business and of course they want to sell you elaborate framing. It's great for their bottom line, but might not be so great for yours!

In this article there is also feedback from other artist sharing their experiences with framing and judging. Very interesting, check it out, click on Ann’s blue link.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Try Colored Pencil on Polyester Film

Our June meeting will feature drawing on plastic! Katherine Miller will share her techniques for working on polyester film.

Each participant will work on a small sheet of Dura-Lar polyester film (matte finish on both sides; .005, or 5 mils thick). Plan for a 4” x 5” image on your sheet, so you have room to record and test colors in the margins. Katherine will provide a simple image to experiment on. You can bring your own image or “wing it”. We will lightly trace the image through the film. Your finished image will be a mirror image of your initial image.

We will use both sides of the film to develop a sense of depth. We can apply layers and textures and remove color.

Katherine prefers Prismacolor (or other soft wax-based) pencils when using polyester film. Please bring what pencils you have and project supplies. We will have ample supplies to share.

May 9, 2015
Field Trip to Balboa Park

We will meet about 8:40am in our Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library parking lot and will provide drivers. We plan to leave the library at 9:00am sharp.

Studio 21 doesn’t open until 11am, for those arriving early, you’re invited to the Timken Museum of Art opening at 10am. Jack Evans, a Docent at the Timken, will host a short tour of the museum with a sampling of paintings. We will head over to Studio 21, in Spanish Village Art Center (SVAC), in time to arrive by 11am. There you will find our president Bobbie Bradford and the newly installed exhibition Contemporary French Ceramics. We will have a short meeting, on the patio, and discuss our October show. You’ll have plenty of time to check out “The Patio’s” many activi-ties and draw-able scenes.

Why, you ask, are we doing this?

The theme of our 23th Annual Exhibition is Balboa Park. We urge you to bring your camera, sketch book, pencils, water, and maybe a folding chair. Lunches too!

Then find your favorite subject, and draw Balboa Park!!

This is your jump start for October 6th, 2015, when we will be accepting your fabulous colored pencil artworks for our show “Color in the Park: Balboa Park - Past, Present & Future”. Let’s create community and do what we do best...draw and paint with colored pencils.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Karen Rhiner & Crazy Drawing

Karen Rhiner is one of our beloved members and an award-winning colored pencil artist who enjoys painting the world from a slightly differ-ent angle. Read about Karen and how she “got hooked” on colored pencils. Get more info and see her work at


Karen says she will lead (or maybe drag) us through this one!
They say drawing is 90 per cent looking and 10 per cent drawing. Will it help us see?

1. Your sense of humor. Can you laugh at yourself? Do you mind if other people laugh at you?
2. Paper. A sketchbook or pile of paper that you don’t mind messing up.
3. Pencil. Graphite (2B or darker) or colored pencils or a ball point pen or markers or (if you’re really brave) a big, black sharpie.

Saturday, Saturday, March 14, 2015
Carolyn Kenny, CPSA and Lois Adler-Roussell

Carolyn and Lois will be doing a talk on values and textures. They will have handouts about values and textures, and demonstrate how to be successful in the use of crosshatching. Learn how to do honeycomb crosshatching, contour crosshatching, and right angle crosshatching. Learn how you, too, can use this technique to create innovative textures.

Plan to bring your art supplies - colored pencils and your favorite paper, including toned paper, sharpeners, erasers, etc.

AND REMEMBER to bring any work you are in the midst of – or have completed – to share at our “Show and Tell” session.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ester Roi CPSA, CPX
Icarus Innovation

Forget all the rules you learned and be a colored pencil rebel! Ester Roi will introduce her latest addition to the Icarus board family, The Icarus Painting Board, and will highlight its innovative design and appli-- cations. She will show you how she breaks all colored pencil rules. Prepare to let go of preconceptions about this medium and learn that fear has no room in the life of a creative artist. Ester will provide several Icarus boards and all the supplies necessary for hands-on testing.

For more info on Ester and the Icarus Board, see

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Transferring Images for a New Year

To kick off our first meeting we will have a short presentation by Blade, on the basics of how to get your image onto your surface. Blade will be presenting different methods used by artists throughout the ages to transfer or enlarge their images. In these modern time settings, the image on the surface can be simple and fast. This frees one up so the more creative process can begin.

Next Deb Gargula and Blade will be talking about our up-coming show “Color in the Park”: Balboa Park – Past, Present and Future”, in Balboa Park in October. They will be present-ing details about what is happening, and our responsibilities. Opportunities will be offered as to how you can participate; contribute. As a team, we can attain our dreams.

We will have our “Show & Tell”. We welcome members who seek input or seek suggestions on how to enhance your current artworks.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bring your favorite dishes to share.

The program will be a showing of CPSA's DVD on the 2014 CPSA International Exhibition.

Deb Gargula will be there to talk about our One +1+ One Event for 2015. She will have information to hand out at the meeting and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

We will also be discussing program ideas for next year with Lois Adler-Roussell and Robert Fisher, our new Vice Presidential team. Please come prepared with thoughts, ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm.

Don’t forget to bring your recent artwork to share. Please also bring back any books you have borrowed from our library. We will be donating two special books to the Serra Mesa Library.

Remember there will be no meeting and no newsletter in December.

There will also be no board meeting in November. That meeting date will be sent out sometime in December.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
and Working Meeting

After the election, we will have a "Working Meeting" Bring your current art piece or the one you are working on for our Annual Exhibition - Catch . . . The Color – at Gallery 21.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clay Demo by Vicky DeLong, Clay Artist

Experiment by drawing on a smooth clay tile surface with various types of colored pencils.

Bring with you:

  1. Colored Pencils – a variety of brands if you have them.
  2. Drawing ideas – What you would like to draw on your surface.
  3. Workable Fixative.
  4. Remember to also bring pencil sharpener.


6” square clay tiles – smooth surface - $3.00 for each tile.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
National Convention Report
& Inspiration Round-table

National Convention Report

The National Convention will be held in Daytona Beach at the end of July. At least Bobbie Bradford and Nancy Dobbs will be attending.

This will also be a working meeting. Bring your own work in progress and your pencils, share what you’re doing and see what others are doing and how they do it. You might also consider it as a head start for anything you are doing for December’s Dog Show exhibit. We’re thinking there might be a raffle/give away at this meeting. Lots to do. Lots to hear about. You don’t want to miss it.

Beginnings: Your Inspiration and Your Process

How do you start a new project? What inspires you?

Do you carefully plan every step, or do you jump in and just start creating? Do other artists or teachers influence you, or are you a trail blazer going where no artist has gone before? Do you use photo or sketches, or do you work directly from some image in your mind? How traditional are you? How much do you depend on modern technologies?

Our very own Blade will begin a round table discussion on how she gets inspired and how she proceeds when starting a new project. Then we would like to hear about your inspiration and your process of beginning your art projects.

Saturday, July 12, 2014.
A Field Trip to Presidio Park.

Bring drawing supplies, a chair, water; whatever you think you’ll need to do some outside drawing. Parking is easily available as are picnic tables.

... our July Meeting will be a Field Trip to Presidio Park, so bring your drawing supplies, a camera, a chair, water, etc. We chose this site because of its historic value (thinking of the Balboa Park Centennial in 2015). Also, the noteworthy Father Junipero Serra’s Museum, built in 1929, is at the Presidio. You’ll find easy parking, picnic tables, and, as usual, great plantings to get your creative juices flowing. We will hold our open Board meeting (about 12 noon) directly after our Members’ Meeting. Bring your lunch and join us. We’d love your input.

Presidio Park is located on Presidio Drive, off of Taylor Street (Old Town), in San Diego. I suggest that you “Google” the Juniper Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive, and it will give you directions into the parking lot we suggest you park in.

See you there!

Happy Drawing,

Bobbie [President, CPSA DC202]

June Meeting – Saturday, June 14, 2014
Creativity Workshop with Karen Rhiner

Our own Karen Rhiner will be helping us to boost our creativity as she talks about “various facets of the art planet and where creativity fits in”.

Bring a small sketchbook and at least one graphite pencil plus any other pencils you like – colored or otherwise.

May Meeting – Saturday, May 10, 2014 Going to the Dogs

Keeping in mind that the Dog Gone Gallery 21 Exhibition is coming up in December, the program for this month’s meeting will be the showing of a DVD by Lee Hammond. Ms. Hammond is a realistic artist who will demonstrate to us, by way of her DVD, how to draw dogs. We will then be given time to use his information to practice drawing “man’s best friend”. We suggest that you bring some pictures of your favorite “best friend” to use while practicing. We are then, of course, looking forward to some great Colored Pencil paintings for the Exhibition in December!

April Meeting – Saturday, April 12, 2014
How Did You Do That???

We’re going to have a working meeting!! Everyone bring a project you are working on and the supplies you are using to complete that project. Then come to the meeting prepared to work on your project and share your techniques with everyone, get help if you need it, and check out what everyone else is doing. Hopefully, we can all learn something new or share something with others so that they go home having learned something, too!

If you’ve discovered a new product, bring that to share, too.

Saturday February 8, 2014
Janie Gildow Metal DVD

WE have a DVD on how to do metals by Janie Gildow we will be showing. Hand-outs with the list of colors for three different types of pencils will be given out.

Saturday February 8, 2014
Field Trip to the Timkin Museum, Balboa Park

Jack Evans is a current Docent at the museum; he is giving our group a "special" tour of the Timkin Collection. It should be very interesting and a lot of fun. Admission is free.

January 11, 2014
Colored Pencil on Travertine Tiles

Several of our members took a one-day workshop at the CPSA Convention in Brea 2013 by Arizona artist Elliot Everson, cpsa, cpx, they will bring their tiles to this meeting, and you will see the endless possibilities available. Also provided will be information and instructions on how to finish your project and frame your tiles. It is suggested you take a look at Elliot’s website, he has many examples of his exciting colored pencil art, on travertine tiles, and paper. Go to

Bring your favorite wax or oil based colored pencils, a kneaded and/or a Sukara eraser. Color may also be lifted by using tape. Our chapter is providing 40 slightly grouted, 6” by 6” tiles. Bring a simple sketch or line drawing of your favorite subject, you will transfer onto your tile, leaving approximately ½” border around the edges.

November Meeting- Saturday 11/9/2013
Let’s Celebrate!

Our annual potluck and party time will be held at this meeting! Please bring finger food to share and come ready for some fun and freebies!

Everyone who attends will receive a goodies bag with items we shared at the convention, plus some extra goodies too. There will also be a gift table that each member gets to choose something wonderful from! It will be Christmas in November!

October Meeting- Saturday 10/12/2013
Ester Roi and the Icarus Board

We will be featuring Ester Roi and her new work on the Icarus Board using canvas. This will be a hands on learning time and
Ester will bring her Icarus boards and the materials. She asks that you come with your excitement to learn something new! You can look at her work at

September Meeting- Saturday 9/14/2013

We will be hearing from the Del Mar Fair award winner for the Colored
Pencil piece,Theresa Tucker. She will bring the piece and explain her process to us.

Afterwards we willspend some time working on our “work in progress”.
We all like to have time together and share our ideas and new artwork while in process!

August Meeting- Saturday 8/10/2013
Share About the Convention...

The beginning of the meeting will be a time of sharing about what
we saw and what we learned at the Convention. All of those members who went to the Exhibit, all of those who attended workshops,
and all of those who had experiences with members from around
the country (and the world)! will have time to share with those of
you who were not able to attend.

After sharing about our Convention experiences we can share at
the Show and Tell wall. Please bring any work in progress or finished work you would like to share!

There will be a brief Board meeting after the member meeting.

July Meeting- Saturday 7/13/2013
It’s in the Bag!!

...Or it will be when we have helpful hands to make it so! We are
going to assemble the 250 gift bags from our chapter for the convention attendees. This will be your chance to help with our welcome of all of those who will travel to Brea and Southern Clifornia.

Many hands make light work and besides it will be fun to talk
while we do this!

When we finish we will do our Show and Tell wall and share the
beautiful artwork with each other.

All of you who still need to finalize plans to rideshare can do so at
this meeting.

BOD Meeting- we welcome members participation. We will meeting
after the member meeting in the Library room. Bring your lunch &

June Meeting- Saturday 6/15/2013 (one week late)
Member Share Meeting

Please bring a piece you want to share for our Show and Tell time. If you have a piece that you need input on from other artists, this is the time to ask the group for help and encouragement. We are going to expand this part of the program so each member can bring something they are working on and may be at an impasse with. Collectively, we have a lot to share in the way of experience and ideas, and this will be a time to take advantage of that ! If you have questions about composition, color choices, framing, titles, etc, Bring Them On!

May Meeting- Saturday 5/11/2013
Our very own Carolyn Kenny will present

If you have ever felt like you were “stuck in a rut,” come to your CPSA meeting and play, share and be inspired. We’ll have exercises and silliness to put you in a creative mood.

Bring all your drawing tools and colored pencils, crayons, paper and sharpeners. Who knows this maybe the start of something BIG!

“If we create from the heart, nearly everything works. If from the head, almost nothing.” Marc Chagall

April Meeting- Saturday 4/13/2013
Thumbs Up...Thumbs Down

This is going to be a members share and tell meeting about your favorite materials: paper, pencils etc and what you like about them. If you like you can bring art to show the results. On the other hand, if there are materials you absolutely don’t like, bring those too! We will be discussing the pros and cons alike. Maybe through this discussion, you will find a new way to use something you didn’t think you liked!

March Meeting- Saturday 3/9/2013
Working on Suedeboard Demo

Lori Sutherland is going to teach us techniques regarding working on suede board.She will supply the suede board.

Everyone should bring their pencils, usual supplies, and pastels if they have them. She will also bring a picture to draw or you can bring an animal pix of your own if you like. This will be more of a hands on demo!

February Meeting- Saturday 2/9/2013
Popcorn and an Art Show

Have you ever wondered what kind of work is submitted along with yours as entries into the ExploreThis! or International Shows? How about what was submitted this past year? Well, pull up a chair and have some popcorn and watch the show! This is a great way to see what is happening around the world in the art of Colored Pencil.

January Meeting- Saturday 1/12/2013

Guest Artist Mae Crauder-Davis

About the Artist (from her website) I began as a sketch artist with a #2 pencil on my school notebooks, as many of us did. As my powers of observation sharpened, I realized that my beloved sketch of a horse had backward knees, to my eternal embarrassment. A gift of oil paints from my father led me to explore color, and after many years of painting badly, I became a competent realistic oil painter, although I remained too traumatized to paint horses again, ever.

As I began to play with acrylic paints I realized that there was more to art than coloring within the lines of reality. I could create my own lines, and hence, my own reality. I developed techniques, through a series of happy accidents, to make my own materials for collages and works of mixed media. As time goes on, the media is getting more and more mixed, and the lines matter less and less.

Reality will take care of itself. Leave me alone. I am playing.
Please come prepared to listen and learn from Mae. At the end of her presentation, we will be raffling a piece of her work. You can see more about Mae by going to her website

November Meeting- Saturday (11/10/2012)

Prepare to Party! It’s November and that means our Annual Pot Luck and social gathering! Please come with finger food to share and get ready to have some fun! In addition we will be holding a raffle. Anyone wishing to donate items for the raffle table, just bring them with you.This is always a fun meeting!

October Meeting- Saturday (10/13/2012)

Our presenter this month is Internationally known Watercolor Artist Linda Doll, aws, nws She is a painter, digital photographer, graphic artist, instructor and juror. A teacher of workshops and seminars throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Bali, she is the President (2012-2014), a Past-President and Life Member of the National Watercolor Society, a Past Board Member and Juror of the American Watercolor Society, and a past Board Member of Watercolor West . She is a Life Honorary Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an Elected Life Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Her paintings and drawings are included in many books and have been used by several magazines for their covers. Linda is included in many of the Who’s Who Publications including Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who of American Women. You can see her work at

She will be critiquing one piece of work from each member during the meeting. This will be a great time to learn from her and each other!

September Meeting- Saturday (9/8/2012)

Our meeting this month is presented by Diane DeMers Chen She will be demonstrating collage ideas and how she does Zentangle style art.

All you need to bring is a listening ear and a desire to learn!

Diane has been a lifelong artist . In 1985 she enrolled in a Chinese Brush Painting class, which led to a year in Taiwan to study Chinese art, language and culture. More recently, she has become involved with mixed media art and Zentangle. To see her work you can visit her blog at

August Meeting- Saturday (8/11/2012)

We Welcome guest artist Carol Harlow to show us some pointers on composing a good still life. She will set up a still life before our meeting. We will have the opportunity to create a still life under

Carol’s guidance with items members have brought from home. A table will be available for these items. We will be using chairs and each member should bring a drawing board. We will not set as many tables in the usual arrangement. This will allow everyone to choose a view to draw from. We will be sketching only and making notes on what makes a good arrangement. Carol will set up a demo arrangement and then work with everyone to create a new arrangement following the demo the principles.

Info on Carol:

Carol taught high school art for 30 years. She has also taught community art, all media and art history. She has a Masters Degree in art. She is active with the Friends of the Library and is a docent of Mingei Museum.

July 14, 2012
Drawing Realistic Animals

At this months meeting we will be presenting a video program on Drawing Realistic Animals. We know many of you really enjoy drawing pet portraits and there is also the Foothills Wildlife Art Show coming up in the Fall. I’m sure we will get many good tips on improving our work! If you like you can bring photo references to begin a project after we view the video.


June 12, 2012
The Scribble -CP and the Expressive Line - John P. Smolko style.

Please come prepared with the following supplies:

John Smolko retired after 35 years of teaching art at Aurora High School in Aurora, Ohio. He is enjoying life as a fulltime artist and continues to be recognized for his unique colored pencil style. John has exhibited his works throughout the U.S. and has work in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Arts in Hinckley, Ohio. A CPSA Signature Member, John has been juried into several CPSA International Exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and continues to be a popular judge and instructor and offers coloreds pencil workshops nationally.

May 12, 2012
Zentangle Inspired Art

We will be discussing the Zentangle method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. The official website for Zentangles is The most complete collection of tangle patterns is available at

In this hands-on meeting the method will first be demonstrated with a short video, a few additional patterns will be demonstrated live, and we want everyone to make some Zentangle Inspired Art. We would also like to discuss the possibilities of incorportating repetitive patterns in colored pencil art.

The traditional Zentangle is done on a 3-1/2" square of relatively smooth printer paper. A similarly small piece of Bristol board, Stonehenge paper, or other drawing paper is suitable.

A Zentangles high contrast linear quality is usually achieved with a thin, archival, black ink pen like the Pigma Micron 01 by Sakura. Shading of the linear drawing is often done with a simple 2B pencil, and blending is often achieved using a blending stump.

Zentangle Inspired Art is not limited to the traditional tools, so people are encouraged to explore other media such as colored pencil.

Please Bring:

April Meeting- Saturday 4/14/2012

Working Meeting

This is our chance to spend some time together and finish our "Deck of Cards" for the Chapter Exhibit at the Convention! If you have finished cards, please bring them so Karen Rhiner can add our chapter logo to them! If you haven't yet finished, this is the time to do it! Bring your pencils and your imagination and come ready to have some fun! We still have cards that weren't chosen, so if you haven't picked a card, you still can!

March Meeting- Saturday 3/10/2012


-a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effect or images by rubbing lead, chalk, or colored pencil over a surface laid on a granular or relief-like surface. A rubbing.

Our President Bobbie, took a 1-day workshop sponsored by CPSA several years ago from Pat Barron, CPSA. Bobbie will demonstrate the same technique Pat uses in creating her wonderfully textured colored pencil images. She will provide the surface we will be using called Somerset Book, a paper used for printmaking.

Bobbie will bring supplies for all, including mat boards, premixed Gesso & Modeling Paste, and various items to create texture. Everyone will be able to make at least one “board”. While your boards are drying you can “play” with premade boards on two different surfaces Bobbie will bring.
Bring your favorite pencils, any textured surfaces you have,and ereasers,and pencil sharpeners. Prepare to have FUN!

February Meeting- Saturday 2/11/2012

The program for this month is a little different! We are going to share a DVD titled: Grant Fuller’s Drawing Workshop - Essential Techniques. Join us for lots of great information about our favorite subject: Drawing! This part of the program will take a little over an hour.

The rest of the program time will be devoted to the DRAW A CARD Project that our chapter is doing for the National Convention Hospitality table. Bring what you have started, or come and brainstorm ideas for the card you chose! You know what great ideas come from working as a group!

January 14, 2012
Preparing Your Digital Image
for Submission to a CPSA Exhibition

Greg Holtz will walk us through the process of preparing our images for the International Show.

If you plan on submitting your artwork to a CPSA Exhibition, you will need to create digital image files and upload them to the CAFE (Call For Entries) website.

His plan is to discuss image file preparation and submission as described in the CPSA Prospectus.

The CAFE website has descriptions for preparing image files. This will allow people to see how the file is manipulated to fit the specifications before they try doing it themselves.

Although most people think of using Photoshop or the less expensive program Photoshop Elements, there are free software packages that can do the job. These programs are recommended by the Cafe website.

Greg also offers to reformat images for people who bring him their large image files. This will work best if you are able to bring a USB flash drive with your images on them so he can save the formatted copies. If you bring a CD (or he runs out of time during the meeting) he can email you the formatted images later.

Meeting notes are available for download.

November 12, 2011
Annual Pot Luck Brunch Food, Glorious Food!

Our annual brunch blowout! Bring a dish to share. Make it something easy to eat with a fork or fingers --unless you plan to bring an omelet station with chef. Bring your appetite. Slurp! Plates, forks, spoons, beverages provided. There will even be napkins for those who suffer from being neat challenged, which includes most of us.

Also on the docket:


Bring cash for tickets. Bring your new or gently used art items that you don’t want and are willing to contribute to the chapter. Someone else will love them, and the chapter will benefit.


For next summer’s international convention, our chapter DC202’s project will be a deck of wacky playing cards. At the meeting, you’ll get to blindly pick a card and a piece of paper to draw it on. You’ll also get a list of specific instructions. Not to worry, these are oversized cards. There are 45 of us in the chapter and this deck has 54—yup, two jokers—so those who are having way too much fun with this can do more than one. But wait until January to make sure those who aren’t here in November get a chance first.

BRING your latest for our drag-and-brag gallery wall…if you still have room to lug in something else!

WEAR your name tag.

Oct. 8 and 9, 2011
Expand Your Options Workshop
presented by Betsy Holster
at Marina Village on Mission Bay

How to get there:

Marina Village map:
(This map is oriented facing west toward the water as if you were in the parking lot. You can see our room E-12 right off the parking lot.)

September 10, 2011

This month we'll have a chance to get some artwork done for a change….when we're not looking at what everyone else is doing, catching up on gossip, paying dues, signing up for the workshop, you know how it goes. But bring what you're working on and all your stuff anyway. Sometimes we learn a lot from seeing what other people are doing. It's a chance to get some questions answered, too.

August 13, 2011
Brain Strain (with a chuckle)

Bring your brain to this meeting. Yes, your brain has a part to play in your art. And it can be fun, so bring your laugh, too.

This month we'll delve a bit into how the creative brain works and do some crazy things with it. Karen Rhiner will be our facilitator, and we all know she has a screw loose. Be ready to work with other people and to write, scribble, and draw things in a sketchbook and report to the gathering and to loosen up the screws in your brain.

July 9, In Balboa Park

The library has pre-empted our meeting space for July, so we’re moving to the historic Marston House in Balboa Park for this month only.

June 11, 2011: TOOLS ROUND UP
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What materials and supplies do you use in your drawings that work well for you?  Which ones don’t?

Bring them to the meeting, and we’ll help each other out.  We’ll set them all up on a table or two, and we can share information.

Some things to bring:

Be prepared for people to try out your stuff, including paper and pencils.  If it plugs in, we can do that.

May 14, 2011: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor Pencils, by Carolyn Kenny

Our own Carolyn Kenny will give us a demonstration of how to use watercolor pencils.  Carolyn says they are great for backgrounds and for covering large areas at one time.  She also knows some great tricks that she’ll show us. She’ll bring some of her work in which she’s used watercolor pencils.

Carolyn has earned the right to use CPSA after her name because of all the international CPSA exhibitions her work has been in.

April 9, 2011: Kathleen McCord

Kathleen McCord is a children’s book illustrator extraordinaire who works largely in colored pencil. She has illustrated over 50 books for children and taught a course entitled "Illustrating Books for Children" at UCSD extension for 22 years.  Along with Bill Kelly (Brighton Press) and the late Barney Reid she helped found the San Diego Print Club, a gallery focusing on limited edition prints. She teaches art and design at Southwestern College and film studies at Miramar College. Kathi is a proud member of the West Coast Drawing Group.

She’ll show us some of her work and how she goes about developing her illustrations.  For a fun preview, take a look at this:

March 12, 2011: Your Camera, Your Photos
With Greg Holtz

Not everyone has an expensive camera, but knowing more about some basic concepts of photography can help artists capture an image to be used as a reference for an artwork.

Greg’s plan is to demonstrate as he sets up two photo-shoots: a portrait of an artist, and a table-top arrangement for a painting. The camera will be connected to a laptop and projector so everyone should be able to see the view through the camera lens. We will discuss lighting, backgrounds, and exposure using photographic terminology with definitions in a glossary handout. We will also discuss settings available on most cameras that will help capture the image desired.

If you wish to participate, bring your camera, the camera’s manual, and a tripod, if you have them. It might be fun to compare images of the same setup, if you are willing to have them posted on the website.

You can download a copy of the slideshow (PDF).

February 12, 2011: Working meeting.

Please bring your current project and art supplies.  If you are not working on a project, bring an idea and art supplies and we'll help you get started. This will be a good problem-solving session with one-on-one help.  Bring your questions!

January 8, 2011: Artist Clayton Llewelyn on drawing surface

Clayton Llewellyn has made a name for himself in San Diego as a popular adjunct professor of art at Cuyamaca. Southwestern, and Mira Costa Colleges and for his mind-boggling drawings. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.  Since then, he’s had several solo shows in San Diego, including one at the Earl and Birdie Taylor Library gallery in Pacific Beach and at Device Gallery downtown.  His latest foray is into the art of tattooing.

 In the past few years, he’s been altering his paper surfaces—using stains, rust, tea, coffee—and time.  He’ll tell us why and show us how.

In the meantime, go to find the thumbnail of one of his drawing on the home page, and you can click on his web site.

October 9, 2010: Pastel Artist Susan E. Roden

Pastel artist Susan E. Roden will do a Power Point presentation about the two weeks she spent as Artist in Residence in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, an honor she won in 2009.  She’ll talk about her landscapes and demonstrate one for us, plus she’ll bring along some of her actual landscapes for us to drool over.  If you are interested in color, this one’s for you!

Check out her web site for an advance peek:

Susan was as a professional middle eastern dancer with performances in the U.S., Mexico City, and Honduras for 18 years before getting her degree in art and working as an editorial graphic artist in Texas and New Mexico.  As she began to devote more and more time to her pastel works, she showed in more than 110 juried and invitational shows winning numerous awards, including the New York's Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Medal of Honor in 1994 and in 2002 a Merit Award at the Pastel Journal's Third Annual Pastel 100 in New Mexico.  Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Artist International Magazine in 2002 with an accompanying article on her technique.

Since she moved to San Diego in 1998, Susan has solely pursued her fine art. Her range is from the figurative to traditional landscapes and contemporary still lifes. In all she seeks to impact all with the beauty of life in all it's simplistic, expressive moods.  Susan is a member of the California Art Club and the Pastel Society of New Mexico with juried membership in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY and the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild.

September 11, 2010—Matting and Framing

Steve Bergstrom, owner of Frame It Yourself in Kearny Mesa, will demonstrate and talk about how to mat and frame your drawings. Blade, our vice president, will bring in one of her drawings which she and Steve will work on together to get ready for hanging. Steve will be able to answer your questions about how to select mats and frames.

Frame It Yourself is located at the intersection of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and 805. It offers a selection of mat boards and frame mouldings plus work stations for customers to assemble their own frames and save money. Bergstrom provides the mats, frames, and glass cut to size, or the customer can have Berstrom assemble the whole thing.

See his web site at

August 14, 2010—Crazy Drawing

They say that drawing is 80 percent looking, 20 percent drawing.  (Or 90-10, depending upon which they is talking.)  We’ll do some fun and nutsy exercises to prompt our eyes to really look.  This will not be a contest to see who can draw the best, because everything will look TERRIBLE!  Maybe it will be a contest to see which one of us can laugh the hardest at our own humble efforts—or do the best job of embarrassing our neighbor.  Karen Rhiner will lead us down this weird path.


We’re doing little drawings of plants (animals, too) indigenous to Southern California for our chapter’s display at the national convention at the end of the month.  Time to work on them at the meeting.  We’d like each member to provide two cards—with drawings on both sides. 

So, take a photo of something in your back yard or a nearby canyon, cut a piece of your favorite paper 2.5” x 3.5” (more available at meeting) and draw away.  Our distinguished President Bobbie Bradford will bring the cards that have already been done plus the branch they will hang on so we can see what’s up.  Each chapter will provide a display promoting its artists and section of the country for the convention’s hospitality room, and this will be ours.


Find out how everyone else does it!

Bring your current project plus whatever you need to work on it.

You’ll get a chance to:

Working meetings have been popular with members in the past, and new members have received lots of help and encouragement.

May 8, 2010
Free and Simple Digital Image Editing with Google's Picasa

edit and Share your photos

Greg Holtz, the DC202 webmaster, will discuss using Picasa, the free image-processing software from Google. This demonstration and talk will focus on using Picasa to do simple edits and send the digital files by email. Although this talk is designed for people with few computer skills, we will demonstrate how easy it is to post photos on the Internet to be shared with friends and family.

We will also briefly discuss marketing our artwork using social network services on the Internet. Examples of these social networks include photo sharing web sites, like PicasaWeb or flickr, or social networking sites, like Facebook or MySpace.

If you have tried Picasa or another image editing software and have questions, please contact Greg ( before the meeting and he will try to help.

For more information on Picasa see

To see the presentation, download the Acrobat file (925 KB).

April 10, 2010


Presenters will be Deb Gargula plus our chapter’s two CPSA Signature Members Bobbie Bradford and Carolyn Kenny.  Learn from the best.

Materials fee:  $10.  We will provide:

Please come prepared by bringing:

For more techniques and money saving suggestions see the flier (PDF file).

March 13, 2010

Burnishing Flower Petals and Creating Water Drops

Lori Sutherland, who has amazed us all with her incredible flower drawings will show us how she does it.


Lori will supply demo sheets and paper to draw on. 


Please bring your completed artists trading cards of Southern California flora or fauna to the next meeting.  It will be fun to see them all.  It’s also not too late to start on one if you haven’t already.

Each year, each chapter of CPSA presents some kind of a display in the hospitality room at the National Convention, which will be held in Los Gatos, California, this summer.  Prez Bobbie Bradford will attend and will haul our display with her.

Our project is artist trading cards with drawings of the flora (and fauna) of Southern California on them tied to a tree branch.

Cut a piece of paper 2.5” x 3.5”, the standard size for these art trading cards.  Find a plant that’s typical of our area and draw it on the card with colored pencils.  If you’d like, you may broaden it to include Southern California fauna.  (The cat people in this chapter pushed for this one, we think.)  Do one on each side of the card.  Easy!  The cards are small enough that you can experiment, and if you blow it, you haven’t lost much.  It’s a good time to try other kinds of papers, too.

February 13, 2010

“Working Meeting” on Artists Trading Cards.>

Every year the CPSA sets up a Hospitality Suite at the CPSA Annual International Exhibition & Convention.  All District Chapters are encouraged to present some kind of colored pencil display.  This year CPSA is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, which will be held in Los Gatos, California.  Our project will be Artist Trading Cards (ATC) with drawings of the flora and fauna of Southern California. We plan to secure the ATCs to a tree branch (eucalyptus).  We’re going to get you started at our February meeting . . . so bring your supplies and creativity.

Here’s what you do:

January 9, 2010

Mini workshop on color theory with Karen Rhiner

Down the COLOR THEORY Rabbit Hole

In this hands-on mini workshop, Karen Rhiner will lead us down the color theory rabbit hole and bring us back out mentally intact from the mad tea party, our pencils ready to do marvelous things with color and us all grinning like Chesire cats. If you’ve already studied color theory, this will be a good review—and keyed to our medium, not paint. If you understand what’s going on with color, you’ll be able to use it to your advantage. So bring your watch and don’t be late.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Party and Pot Luck

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shows us
How to Paint a Picture in an Hour

Sabato Fiorello has been a professional artist all his life. His first solo show was with the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in 1969. He has shown his work throughout the United States and Europe, and is represented in many private collections. In 1970 he became affiliated with the Orlando Gallery in Los Angeles and showed there until 1985. He made his living working with the film industry for over 24 years and, after retiring as a dialog editor, became a florist, working in some of the best restaurants in LA. He was a fine arts commissioner for West Hollywood until he moved to San Diego in 2001. He worked with Eleanor Antin on all of her projects as art director and set designer. He has been teaching at the Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender Center in Hillcrest for more than 4 years.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Icarus Technique
presented by Ester Roi

Ester, a member of our chapter, is the inventor and developer of the Icarus Drawing Board, a heated drawing board she uses to produce the beautiful flowers that we all ooh and ah over. It works by softening or melting wax-based media such as wax-based colored pencils, artist crayons and oil pastels.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a free, hands-on mini-workshop supervised by Ester and aided by her own personal video clips. There will be several Icarus Drawing Boards throughout the room so that everybody will have a chance to take turns and work with one.

Ester will provide most of the materials including pre-printed papers with outlines of progressive exercises, new media to test for a “surprise project,” and special tools to share. Hand-outs will include technique overview, list of Ester’s favorite materials, Icarus Drawing Board brochure, and a rebate coupon.

Please bring these supplies with you if you own them. Ester will have extras to share.

You can read more about the Icarus Drawing Board and see Ester’s work and the work of other artists who have used it at