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Barbara Rogers wins Legion Paper award!

"Reflections" - drawn on  Stonehenge , 19" x 23" and done using an Icarus board with mostly Luminance pencils.

"Reflections" - drawn on Stonehenge, 19" x 23" and done using an Icarus board with mostly Luminance pencils.

In conjunction with the annual International Exhibition each year, Colored Pencil Society of America presents a fun-filled convention providing colored pencil artists the opportunity to network and become acquainted with other artists, attend workshops led by experienced and accomplished artists, win door prizes at the Art Gala, and enjoy a banquet to see in person the announcement and presentation of exhibition awards.

The CPSA International Exhibition is an annual juried gallery exhibition exclusively for works done in 100% colored pencil. It is held in a different city each year to provide more people the opportunity to enjoy colored pencil as a fine art medium. This year's exhibition was held at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland from June 10-August 6, 2017. The recognition levels included: diamond, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. One of this year's winners was Barbara Rogers, winning the Legion Paper award for Exceptional Merit.

"Reflections of San Francisco" hanging on display. 

"Reflections of San Francisco" hanging on display. 

Barbara Rogers has always had a lifelong passion for art and has been painting for sixteen years. Her work consists of oils, colored pencils and pastels. She's been exhibited locally and won numerous awards. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), as well as Oil Painters of America (OPA). We congratulate Barbara on her award!

A new experimental piece recently finished by Barbara on  Rising . 

A new experimental piece recently finished by Barbara on Rising


Colored Pencil Artwork by Andrew Purdy on Stonehenge

“Macelleria” 16” x 24” colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

“Macelleria” 16” x 24” colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

The image above is a butcher in Florence, Italy tending to customers inside the Grand Central Market near El Domo. It took Andrew 6-7 months to complete.

“Urban Patina” 24” x 16” colored pencils on Stonehenge paper

“Urban Patina” 24” x 16” colored pencils on Stonehenge paper

This is a building in San Francisco, CA up the street from the TransAmerica pyramid building (visible in the background). The unique green exterior of the  Sentinel Building is the home of Francis Ford Coppola’s "American Zoetrope Studios.” At street level is the Zoetrope Cafe. "I was drawn (no pun intended) to the weathered and worn look of this structure in direct contrast to its newer architectural neighbors. " -Andrew Purdy

Andrew took this photo atop a refurbished firetruck-turned tour vehicle, which afforded him an elevated vantage point of this spectacular building.  

The drawing took 12 months to complete.

The above image is the piece Andrew is currently working on. It is 12”x 18” and is of a twisted cypress tree at La Jolla Cove near San Diego, CA. The many shapes within the contorted branches of the tree are what originally attracted Andrew to this scene. 

"As you may conclude from these pieces that detail is the goal of my subject matter and Stonehenge has been the only substrate that cooperates completely with my application of fine details and heavy burnishing. I add the use of the Icarus Board during my process to aid in the blending steps.
Although I love Stonehenge paper, not much of its surface is left to be seen when I am done. And if the surface is to remain visible, it is as highlights."

Check  out more of Andrew Purdy's artwork here: AndrewPurdyArt.com