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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Great News! 2013 CPSA International & Signature Status

Hey again Y'all!

Great news update! My piece entitled “Soul Plexus – Tulips With Pearl Chakras” was juried into the 2013 CPSA International Exhibition at the City of Brea Gallery in Brea, CA., this year from July 31 to September 13, 2013! I will be receiving my “Signature Status” which allows me, as a colored pencil artist, to use the CPSA formally after my name. Needless to say, I'm VERY excited about this as it has been a goal since I joined CPSA in late 2007! :)

If you've been following the blog, you know that I have had a couple of setbacks in the jurying process when it comes to the CPSA International. The last couple of years, I pushed the limit of what might be palatable to the jurists and came away empty-handed because of it. So this year (or beginning right after last year's rejection), I focused on using a more palatable floral motif but put a different spin on it by creating a slight kaleidoscopic effect. By playing with one of my photos...cropping, duplicating, flipping, mirroring, improvising...I was able to create an interesting composite image that finally caught the eye of this year's judge. I had a feeling this one might do the trick and this would be my “3 out of 10” Signature year!

My next goal will be to receive my CPX which is the CPSA “Explore This” Signature Status. “Explore This” encompasses any colored pencil artwork that also includes some other medium which makes it ineligible for the 100% colored pencil International shows. Many CPSA artists work in other mediums so it's a great avenue to show off their mixed medium works. This will be a bit different for me as I have been focusing solely on colored pencil for their exhibitions for the past six years (maybe I did this a bit backward? LOL)! I am actually working on a piece right now which I hope to have juried into next year's “Explore This” online exhibit. Did I mention that it's an online exhibition? That sure will make it easier on the wallet as the shipping and traveling can really get expensive!

But, besides all that, let me just say that the quality of work in even this online exhibition is nothing short of mind-blowing. It's still not going to be an easy feat to make it in to the “Explore This” events. I'm never under any delusion of winning anything when it come to these big shows full of talent – I'm just so grateful that I get in every so often! If you don't believe me, just take a saunter through the pages of CPSA's website of past exhibitions, both the International and the “Explore This” shows.... It will make your jaw drop!

Prepare to have your mind blown that it's colored pencil....

Dream big! :)

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I am a self-employed graphic artist of 18+ years, working mainly in the print and specialty events areas of design.