Night Flight Colored Pencil accepted into the International Colored Pencil of America Exhibit in Atlanta July 2015
When you first start out as an artist your questions can pile up quickly. You may wonder where to turn for information about your chosen medium, where to find competitions or exhibits to enter, or where to find like-minded people. A professional organization can help you with all of these things.
Starting out as an artist almost two years ago, I was looking for a source of ongoing education, emotional support, professional guidance and critique and a place to share the work I'd been doing in colored pencils. I found all of those things and more in professional organizations.
I belong to two such groups which are supportive of pencil and colored pencil art. They are the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and the Pencil Art Society (PSA). The Colored Pencil Society of America is an international organization specifically fostering the art of colored pencil. It hosts the international colored pencil show at its annual convention in July as well as two online exhibitions. One of these is for only colored pencil art and the other is for colored pencil/mixed media art.
Along with its publications, the CPSA posts current information on pertinent products and reviews as well as maintaining a database on colorfast testing. The CPSA offers two signature status options. Members also have the opportunity to have a link to their website. There are many district chapters as part of the national organization which allows local artists the opportunity to meet and support one another.
In for the Landing Colored Pencil Accepted into the Pencil Art society International Exhibit Montreal 2014
The second organization I belong to has a bit broader focus which encompasses all pencil arts including graphite drawings. The Pencil Art Society is also an international organization but unlike the CPSA includes all of the pencil arts. The PSA also hosts an international competition, provides publications and links to members videos, books and classes. An artist can earn Signature Status by participation in international shows. An MPAS status can be applied for annually and includes juried art as well as background in teaching, published work etc.
If you are a colored pencil artist, these organizations are relatively inexpensive to join. Dues are paid annually for both groups. These professional organizations provide information and support that are invaluable. If you have any questions please click on the links, or contact me and I'll help direct you to the proper channel.
The Colored Pencil Society of America CPSA
The Pencil Art Society PSA
As a wildlife and children’s portrait artist, Sandy Brooks uses pencils and pastels to capture through art her awe for the untouched and untainted in today’s pressurized world. Her works express the innocent emotions of animals and children who explore the world as one with unlimited possibilities, unaware of the barriers that hold us back from our own happiness. Whether her subjects are humorous or striking or dramatic, the end result is always intimate and inspiring.