Sometimes you are lucky. Last weekend I went to London with my friend Malin, for a couple of days, to find new inspiration. And we had the best weather, felt like midsummer in Italy. Aah, so nice! We went there especially to see ”The UKCPS 10th Annual Open International Exhibition”, by the UK Coloured Pencil Society. The exhibition moves around every year, and this year they celebrated that the society was founded ten years ago. It was held in the Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London, next to Westminster Abbey. 19th September to 1st October 2011.
I am always very excited when it comes to events like this, with sky high expectations, and because of that always a little disappointed after. This was no exception. It was a nice exhibition, with pictures mainly focused on animals, plants and portraits. And still life, buildings and landscapes. Sadly the hanging was very tight, with some of the best pictures too high up or low, or in a dark corner. And even thou the overall standard of course were very high there were also not so few pictures that I really didn´t like. But that mostly made me happy and released! I had expected every image to be absolutely unattainable in technique and perfection. That wasn´t the case. Puh!
More important it was nice to find many new great artist that I didn´t know of before, I will definitely look more at their websites. Some of my favorites were Ann James Massey (with a portrait in grey tones), Kate Clarke (with a very funny image called ”Bad hair day (after Rockwell)”), Janie Pirie (with beautiful berries), Karen Coulson (an interesting mix with graffiti), Malcolm Cudmore (a ”modern” twist combined with collage).
Some of the best animal artists, to my taste, was Carol Bramley, Sue Clinker, Diana Connor, Karen Coulson, Beverley Courtney and Pamela Preller. Prellers picture of a suricat (above in the middle) won one of the prizes for peoples vote.
And I think some of the best botanical artist were Brenda Green, Amber Halsall, Janie Pirie (the two nice berrie-pictures above) and Margaret Hall. And then, of course, there were Ann Swan, a queen of botanical images! I bought a new book by her that I hope will give me more knowledge in painting plants. (See below for a big picture by Ann Swan.) I like her work because there is also a design quality to it, the arrangement and layout of the plants is very good.
I would recommend every one interested in coloured pencils to visit the societies website. UKCPS