Colored Pencil Society of America

Hello Fellow Artists! 🌻 👩🏻‍🎨

I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and are enjoying the great(Hot)weather! 

I’m headed off to Florida this week for the 30th Annual International Colored Pencil Society of America’s Exhibit & Convention.

(I know! That was a mouthful! 🤓 Ha Ha!) 

I’m the newly elected Chicago Chapter President, so it’s my first time going as a Board Member. I have to tell you; I’m going to learn a lot! I’m looking forward to the President’s Forum to meet other presidents and get some great info to bring back to you all!

What is the CPSA Exhibit & Convention you ask? Here’s a brief summary from the CPSA website: “This annual gallery exhibition takes place each summer and is exclusively for works done in 100% colored pencil. It offers over $15,000 in cash awards, including a prestigious Best of Show (CIPPY) Award. In addition to the gallery exhibition, the selected artwork and award winners are featured on the CPSA website and in the CPSA news magazine.”

The Colored Pencil artist community is such a great one with wonderful and talented artists. If you’d like more info on CPSA and find a local Chapter visit their website here.


I recently treated myself and purchased the full set of 100 Derwent Lightfast pencils. It was my 55th birthday, and after a year of battling the “Big C” I treated myself! Yay! 😃 💝

I just finished making a swatch chart for all 100 Lightfast pencils. 🤯 Click here to download: Derwent Lightfast 100 Color Chart

I suggest printing it out on thick bright white paper if you have it and if your printer can take a paper thicker than office paper.

Also, I got great feedback about offering a monthly membership so… stay tuned; I’m tuning up the platform, and membership will be available very soon! I’ll offer weekly colored pencil techniques and tips on blending, layering, and lots more! 

If you’d like to be notified when membership opens click here! Molly’s Art Academy get notified

Have a great weekend, I hope you get out and draw some beautiful flowers, birds, or your latest commission!

P.S. The 2022 Annual Colored Pencil Show hosted by our Chapter is coming up soon! The deadline for entry is August 31st.

The show is at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts from October 5th to October 31st. For more information and to sign up, visit our website here https://www.cpsadc103.org/this-that​


Leave a comment below and tell me what your challenges are with colored pencils! 💜

Thanks for reading and Happy Drawing!

-Molly🌻👩🏻‍🎨

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