October 2016
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Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

President - Virginia Belser, Vice-President - Kim Gates Flick, Secretary - Peggy Klinger, 
Treasurer – Susan McCartney, Newsletter Editor – Jill Foster, Resource Officer  – Jill Foster
To promote fellowship among members,
To raise public awareness of pastel as an artistic medium,
To enhance creative painting with pastels,
To offer educational activities that foster growth among members

Letter from the Editor

I have a free one year Pastel Journal subscription to give away.   If you would like to receive the Pastel Journal for one year, please send me your  full name and complete mailing address, with zip code.  First email gets the prize! ;put pastel journal in the subject line.  I also am giving away two free one year subscriptions for Southern Living.  If interested, send me an email with your name and complete mailing address.  Put southern living in the subject line.  First come, first served.

The slideshow theme on the website for November/December is Winter Holidays.  So if you have any paintings depicting holidays from November through December, please send them to Anna now and indicate "slideshow" in the subject line.  The theme for Jan/Feb is Snow/Winter.  Be sure that your jpegs are at least 600-800 pixels in height.  

The newsletter could be much better if our members would be willing to send contributions.  At the August meeting, it was suggested that I give some examples and ideas of what might be put in the newsletter..   See some specific ideas below:  I hope to be hearing from many of you soon!

-send in comments on or source of recommended articles
-offer to write a monthly column
-send in snippets of information learned from a workshop or from reading
-comments about a workshop 
-new art/pastel things you've seen or used
-pastel paintings you've enjoyed
-workshop write ups...either from ours or some other
-anything related to the business of being a pastel artist.
-relevant show entries you've heard about
-shows you've been accepted into/honors you've received
-pastel related news and events, such as paint outs, openings of exhibits
  featuring pastel painting/pastel artists, etc.
-links to relevant blogs and articles they'd like to share
-info on relevant books and other publications 

Remember to pay your dues at the November 13th meeting and definitely before December 31, 2016. Dues are currently $30.  Make your checks out to "CPPS".  If you can't attend the meeting, mail your checks to: CPPS,  P.O. Box 246, Lemont, PA, 16851.

Reminder: News deadline is the last Saturday of the month. 

Quotes of the Month

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul
Vincent van Gogh

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

And just for fun...

October's Party 
By: George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."


Thoughts from the Studio

Painting Supports - Boards and Paper

From Pamela Johnson:
As for papers, I use the Uart brand 400. I like it so far but I would like to try some more papers. I like the idea that Dakota Pastels has samples to buy and try out. I did this with their soft pastels samplers and it was helpful to see the different brands. I haven't tried any of the sand paper boards yet. I like the Uart brand because I can do a watercolor wash under painting with my pastels.

From Virginia Belser:
I prefer Richeson Premium Pastel,  a highly textured paper that I tape to a white canvas. The canvas provides a bit of give and bounce. Between the very textured paper and the give in the canvas I am able to put many layers of pastel on the paper- sometimes it even appears that I was working in oil!    In terms of color of the paper, I love a toned paper for its ability to peek through and inform the painting.  Alas, the current choice of toned papers don't have as fine a grit as the white Premium Pastel. So, I am currently using the white.

Kitty Wallis has returned with a toned paper close to Belgian Mist but I have found it to be somewhat erratic in terms of grit consistency.  I was just getting ready to order some toned Pastel Primer to put on white media board and see how that goes as I love the effect of a tone 

From Kim Flick:
Hello CPPS:
My favorite support is the pastel panels by Savoir Faire that can be bought through Rochester fine art store. (ie.this is multimedia artboard with a pumice primer coating)
As a mixed-media artist, I find them wonderfully adaptable to anything I want to throw at it.  It holds up well to underpaintings and even collage paper for a textural surface treatment.  Also, I think the finished result is less fragile than paper -as the pastel seems to stick to it better than some others I have used.

From Jill Foster:
I've been experimenting with many different supports for years.  Below are just a few that I've used.

I have used multimedia artboard as a support for many years and really love it.  I have worked on it without first applying a pumice surface  and it worked well.  Of course, not as many layers of pastel can be built up without the gripping surface of the pumice grit.  I've textured the board with a pumice primer made by Art Spectrum.  I prefer using the clear rather than the toned as  I usually create an underpainting first and then coat that with the primer.   The multimedia board now comes with a pumice coating already applied and that's even better!  The one downside to the artboard is that it is brittle and the corners chip off easily so it requires careful handling.

I also use a lot of Art Spectrum paper.  This is a paper from Australia.  It has a grit surface as well as being tinted with a variety of colors.  The company has two different packet choices:  warm colors or cool colors.  It comes in a 9x12 and a 20x28 sheet. There is also a 28x40 size available, but the color choice is limited.  Some of the paper is now being mounted on a board, which consists of two pieces of watercolor paper laminated together..

Canson paper is fine, too.  It comes in a variety of colors and I think it can still  be purchased locally at Michael's .  It may be less costly than other supports.  Now it can be purchased already mounted on a board and that increases the price . Fabriano Tiziano paper is very similar to Mi Teintes by Canson

La Carte paper by Sennelier is composed of vegetable fiber and one cannot use water on its surface. Alcohol is OK.  Don't work on it in misty conditions or sneeze while working on it as dots of bare space will be left and they will be hard to cover with pastel.

Ampersand Pastelbord is great for plein air painting.  It has a nice marble dust surface on an eighth inch hardboard.  Because it's so sturdy, framing is simplified.

Kitty Wallis paper is loved by many artists, but I find it to be too coarse for my taste and would rather use a finer grit like that found on Rtistx board..  WWW..RTISTX.COM  (The other papers I mentioned can be purchased from art stores like Rochester Art Supply.  We have their catalog listed under Resouces on our website.)

Next month we are asking members to tell us about their favorite brand of pastels and why they love to use them.

New Member

We are pleased to welcome Diane Harkleroad from Johnstown to the Society.

Diane Harkleroad started painting in pastels about 2 1/2 years ago with her good friend, teacher and mentor Kay Witt. Before painting in pastel, she started with oil around 5 years ago. Pastels is now her medium of choice. 

Artist Spotlight

Jeanne McKinney's paiinting "River Rebirth" was accepted into the Degas Pastel Society Sixteenth Biennial National Exhibition at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 1 through October 28th, 2016.

Jeanne's paintings "Coastal Impressions" and "Wreck of The Sheridan" were accepted into the Biennial 2016 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA from October 28, 2016 to January 28, 2017.

 Jeanne McKinney would like to invite all the members of our Society to view her work in a 5 Artists Juried Invitational Exhibition at the Art Association of Harrisburg at 21 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA. The show includes new landscapes as well as pieces painted on Monhegan Island, Maine.
The opening reception of this Juried 5 Artist Invitational Exhibition is October 21, 2016 from 5 to 8pm.

The Exhibition runs from October 21 to November 23, 2016.

The Gallery hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:30am - 9pm
Friday: 9:30 - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 2 - 5pm

Susan Nicholas Gephart​ won an Honorable Mention for her pastel, 'Changing Light', 11x16,  painted in the Adirondack  Mountains this past June, ​during the Plein Air Magazine Publishers Invitational.

Susan Nicholas Gephart has 16 pastels and oils on display at State College Framing Company and Gallery-

Current News

International Paint Out Wrap Up

Although the weather started out a bit doubtful Friday morning, the International Plein Air Paint Out attracted several painters over the course of three days (September 9, 10, 11) to Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden. Its scenery ranges from rolling hills to weathered barns to meandering paths, Rhoneymeade provided an array of inspiration. Participating painters were from both within and outside of CPPS .

Request from Nominating Committee

Want to help plan fun and engaging educational opportunities for our pastel society members?  The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates interested in serving on the Education Committee.  Anne Kenyon will be the first committee member to rotate off of the committee.  The term on the Education Committee is three years, and you will be serving this year with Kathleen Muffie-Witt and Debbie Decker.  More details about the committee can be found under the Resources tab on the CPPS website,  If interested, please contact Alice Kelsey at or Jennifer Shuey at jennifershueyart@gmail.comby October 30.  Thank you Anne for sharing your great ideas, expertise, and time to help enrich our members’ experience!

IAPS Convention

Registration for  rooms at the 2017 IAPS Convention is now open. The Hotel Albuquerque, where the Convention is held, will limit reservations to two rooms per person. The Best Western, located one block from the Convention, has a free shuttle from the airport, and a complementary shuttle van to the Convention. For more information about phone numbers and alternative accommodation options, go to  We look forward to seeing you at the Convention in 2017!! 

The Registration for the 2017 IAPS Convention in Albuquerque will open on October 11, 2017 at noon Eastern Time.  For a preview of the Convention, go to

Note:  I just received word from IAPS that the two hotels mentioned are almost filled.  I was sent  alternate options for housing during the convention.  If you are planning to attend, please contact me for that information. 
Note: The Central PA Pastel Society is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) so therefore, any CPPS member is eligible to register and attend this convention.

Docent Choice at the Palmer Museum

On Sunday Dec 4th at 2:00, Anne Kenyon and Susan McCartney will be giving a Docent Choice Tour called "Pastels and more..." at the Palmer Museum on Penn State campus.  This will be a chance for folks who missed the first presentation to see some of the Palmer's collection of pastels.

Future Workshops

2017 Workshop

Bill Hosner 2017 Workshop

William Truman Hosner, guest artist
"Concepts for Painting the Figure in Outdoor Spaces"
August 1/2/3. 2017
Windmere Hall
State College, PA

Members $500. Non Members $530 (includes CPPS membership).
(Price of workshop does not include the model fee)
$ 100 deposit due 1/15/17.
Minimum # 10 participants

The registration form will be posted October 1st.on the website.

Meeting Date

November 13 at 1:30 pm
Best Western Plus
Premiere Drive
State College, PA

Art Shows to Enter

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc. - Deadline October 3.   women artists only.  Online entry  Download prospectus at: www,        

Pastel Society of America - Deadline June 13, 2017 - Prospectus at www.pastelsocietyof    
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