Friday, 1 July 2011


The deadline for entries into the 10th International Annual Exhibition of the UKCPS was extended to 2 July 2011 when Hobbycraft recently agreed to promote the exhibition throughout their stores.  From a purely selfish point I'm really pleased about the extension as my trapped nerve problem meant I hadn't been able to produce anything to submit to the judges this year - whether or not my work gets accepted I've entered every year since being 'introduced' to coloured pencils in 2006.     Feeling much more human the last week or so I've been able to re-work a couple of cp practice pictures and complete a head study of one of the giraffes I photographed at Fuerteventura zoo last month.    So, fingers crossed!!

I hope lots of you coloured pencil artists have also submitted work to the exhibition as its going to be the biggest and best yet.  The venue is Central Hall, Westminster and the exhibition runs from 19 September to 1 October.    If you haven't submitted works but would like to see what can be achieved with this versatile medium why not have a day out in London to view the exhibition - or book yourself on to one of the workshops.

The UKCPS will be staging two exhibitions during the event - its Annual Open International Exhibition for works completed totally in coloured pencil and a separate exhibition  for works showing innovative and imaginative use of coloured pencil  with other  media (the main medium must still be coloured pencil).   Throughout the event there will be demonstrations, 'Have a Go' area, silent auction and Children's trail, together with the best series of  coloured pencil workshops ever held in Europe – details and booking at

This isn't one I submitted to the exhibition, but I was sorting through old photos and came across a folder containing about 50 photos I took of two beautiful Vizslas I was commissioned to draw as a 40th birthday present.  This is Tisca completed in coloured pencil.

I'm currently working on a 'human' portrait in coloured pencil but I haven't asked for permission to show progress pics so can't post at the moment.


Anonymous said...

Good to see you back Sue and hope the trapped nerve problem is getting better. Beautiful work as always.

Lene said...

Lovely portrait, especially the head is great! Hope we'll "meet" at the UKCPS exhibition ;)

Jennifer Rose said...

i keep meaning to draw something to submit, but always forget until its days before its due lol oops maybe next year (even tho i always say that lol)

vizslas are such cool dogs, i love how their coats can shine in the sun sometimes, like gold :)

artbyakiko said...

What a beautiful portrait! His (her) eyes are full of emotions. Gorgeous work!!

Kendra said...

Glad you are back! Best of luck with your entries and hope you make it into the UKCPS exhibit. Very nice portrait of Tisca.

sue said...

Thanks Vic. Feeling 100% better now. Hope you are 'pain free' also. Helps to have some warm sunshine doesn't it?

Thanks Lene. Which picture/s did you enter?

Jennifer, I know exactly what you mean ... this year I'd intended to enter a couple of wildlife art pictures into exhibitions ..... but life got in the way (again)! Will do better next year!

Thank you Akiko and Kendra - your comments are very much appreciated :o)