Thursday, October 21, 2021

York Art Association 50th Juried Exhibit

 Thanks to the York Art Association, I am well on my way to showing my colored pencil paintings.



Two of my colored pencil paintings were juried into their 50th Juried Exhibit. I am very excited, as they will be very different from the normal art exhibited in their gallery; the oil, acrylic, watercolor, even pastel paintings, rarely is there a colored pencil. This is the start of my "Grant Journey" 

Opening Reception: 
Sunday, 10/31 from 2–4pm
York Art Association
220 South Marshall Street
York, PA 17402

717-755-0028


Friday, October 15, 2021

Colored Pencil Grant Journey

 

The colored pencil is a relatively new art medium, only making it's appearance in the early 20th century. It is still struggling to be recognized as a fine art medium.

Pigment is the operative word here. It is what makes the colored pencil a fine art medium. Acrylics, oil paints, watercolors, pastels, all art mediums have pigments. The technique used in colored pencils; layering and blending, also qualify this tool to be included in the fine art family.

The wooden case protects a narrow pigmented core. This core is made of either wax-based or oil-based pigment, additives and binding agents. The concentration of the pigment will determine the grade of the pencil. A higher pigment concentration will result in a professional grade  pencil, lower concentration will be a student grade.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Professional Artist Development Grant



Join me on my "Grant" Journey. 
Six months, ending March 31, 2022
My Grant proposal is all about my colored pencil art. I have a history of acrylic painting, watercolor, collage, mixed media, abstract and representational. Lately I have concentrated on colored pencils. The fact that I currently am without a studio inspired my Grant proposal.

I have broke down my Grant Journey into four parts:


PART 1

It all begins with the Studio and the supplies. I am in the process of down-sizing and moving, to where is still an unknown. So I need a portable studio, one that may be utilized in a home, an RV, a condo, on the back porch, you get the picture. Colored Pencils are the perfect medium for this scenario. They are clean, portable, and require very little supplies.

Shopping is the next step, oh how I love to shop for art supplies! A portable easel is the first purchase. It can be used on any surface in any location. It has a drawer to carry a limited amount of supplies. Then I added a storage cart, on wheels, to move to any location if necessary. And of course, new pencils. I researched which pencil colors had the best lightfastness quality and I created my new and improved pencil palette.


PART 2

My colored pencil "body of work". I love doing colored pencil art but I didn't think it was taken seriously by galleries and critics. So I  created in other mediums that I thought were more acceptable. On this Grant Journey I will focus just on colored pencils. Improving my skills and learning new techniques. I will create as many new and awesome colored pencil paintings as time allows.

PART 3

This is the most challenging part of my Journey, changing the art society's opinion of colored pencil art. Helping them realize that the Coloring Book Craze (CBC) is a separate genre completely. I hope to infiltrate a few galleries and exhibits to expose the public to this new genre of Colored Pencil Fine Art. Not only creating an appreciating new audience but also a few artist converts!

PART 4

Documenting the Grant Journey. Not only do I have to submit a final report to The Cultural Alliance, I will document this process for inclusion in a self-published book. This book will include basic colored pencil instruction and samples. Of course I will use my own art to illustrate this book. Ultimately, I hope this book will encourage more artists to try colored pencil art. The more artists painting with colored pencils, the better chance we have to change the opinions of society.

Monday, October 4, 2021

I am a Cultural Alliance Grant Winner!

Congratulations to me! I have been awarded the 4th quarter "Artist Professional Development Grant" from York, PA's Cultural Alliance. I have six months to complete my project. My 1st goal is to set up a portable studio. Due to downsizing and moving, I no longer have a dedicated studio. My 2nd goal is to spend the next six months creating colored pencil paintings. A perfect portable medium requiring little space or mess. My ultimate goal is to share these paintings and hopefully make people realize that colored pencils are an accepted fine art medium. 

Cultural Alliance of York PA

https://www.culturalyork.org/artist-grant-awardees-announced/

Artist Grant Awardees Announced

The Cultural Alliance of York County is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the Artist Professional Development Grant. This grant provides financial resources to creatives in York County to do the work they are passionate about, and take the next step in their practice or career.

The recipients of the Artist Professional Development Grant in the 4th Quarter of 2021 are:

  • Judy Grupp – For the creation of a portable home studio as a covid-friendly adaptation to her practice and create a body of work and art show to boost the visibility of colored-pencil artists.
  • Annelise Vuono –To purchase high quality, art-related merchandise and booth rental  business space in shops to bolster income from her art while transitioning to running her creative business full-time.




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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Colored Pencil Art

 FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS


The first in my new "Duct Tape" series.
I figured if they could make art
with a banana, I could use Peas!
I used Prismacolor pencils, 
on vellum bristol board, 
burnished with a colorless blender, 

 


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Queen's Croquet

 The Queen's Croquet




While we were in Wonderland, it just seemed right to draw the Queen of Hearts. I played croquet when I was young, so I was always drawn to the Queens croquet - the flamingo mallet and the hedgehog balls! As for the look on the Queen's face, I can imagine her saying, "Off with their heads!"

This colored pencil painting is 20 x 16" on
300lb Bristol board paper.




Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fuchsia Flower

 The Pink Fuchsia


Another chapter of
"Fun With Colored Pencils."
Nature not only offers gobs of colors,
it offers shapes , every shape imaginable.
Shapes you will encounter in all your drawings.
Ever have trouble drawing the ruffles in a dress or the folds of a tablecloth?
Practice with the fuchsia.



Friday, August 20, 2021

I am not a Butterfly



"I AM NOT A BUTTERFLY", 
SAID THE MOTH



"NEITHER AM I"


Another chapter of "Fun With Colored Pencils".

If you are looking for color, 
lots of color, 
check out nature's insects. 
It's a smorgasboard!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Wonderland Adventure

 Alice's Wonderland Adventure


Colored pencils having the time of their life in the 

whimsical wonderful world of Alice, 

the Cheshire Cat, and the White Rabbit.





Thursday, August 12, 2021

the Story Vest Activities

 Illustrating "the Story Vest"

Some people save their family memories in photo albums, scrapbooks, framed pictures on the wall . . . but Grandpa RagBag saves his memories with old ties that Grandma has sewed into a vest. In this book Grandpa shares these stories with you.

In addition to the illustrated picture book, Grandma RagBag has included some fun activities for the readers. The first is paper dolls, dolls of each character and their favorite costume,

The critters that go with each paper doll



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

the Story Vest Activities

 Illustrating "the Story Vest"

Some people save their family memories in photo albums, scrapbooks, framed pictures on the wall . . . but Grandpa RagBag saves his memories with old ties that Grandma has sewed into a vest. In this book Grandpa shares these stories with you.

In addition to the illustrated picture book, Grandma RagBag has included some fun activities for the readers. The first is paper dolls, dolls of each character and their favorite costume,

Abby loves horses



York Art Association 50th Juried Exhibit

 Thanks to the York Art Association, I am well on my way to showing my colored pencil paintings. Two of my colored pencil paintings were jur...