October 2017
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Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

President - Virginia Belser,  Secretary - Peggy Klinger, 
Treasurer – Anne Kenyon, 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

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

Remember to pay your dues at the November 12th meeting and definitely before December 31, 2017. 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. 

The picture above reminds of the first 2 stanzas of this poem.

October's Party 
By George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by the 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.

Current News

State College Framing and Gallery
Member Show Information for October

Reception:  Sunday, October 8th, 2017  from 1 pm to 4 pm  

Show:  October 2nd through October 27th

Pick-Up: October 28th during store hours 10am - 5pm



by Stacy Mayou
Goal Setting for Artists

The buzz of summer has quieted and the craziness of the holidays hasn’t begun yet, allowing a brief opportunity to reflect and look forward. October is the perfect month to take a look at artistic goals in order to be ready for the new year and the CPPS January Daily Painting Challenge! We all have life goals, and mixed somewhere in with those life goals are artistic goals. Unfortunately, we don’t often stop and look at artistic goals in relationship to, or independent of life goals, but we should.

Whether you want to sell as many paintings as Picasso or just paint because you love to paint, you have artistic aspirations. Setting goals for your artistic endeavors can be tricky, and these goals can be hard to measure.  This can lead to not setting them at all, or to creating unrealistic goals that can weight you down.

To begin it may help to answer these three questions:
  1. Who do I want to be as an artist?
  2. What kind of work do I want to create?
  3. What do I want to achieve with my art?
These ‘big picture’ questions will help you connect your artistic goals to your life goals and define your objective. Once you have an objective you can set goals to help you reach it. 

An effective tool for goal setting is the SMART goal template. SMART goals are designed to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely goals to be reviewed and adjusted as needed.
  • Specific: Instead of just saying “I want to be a better painter”, think about what you mean when you say that. Do you want learn a new technique, improve your rendering skills, or paint more often?  All of these are specific goals.
  • Measurable: This is where artistic goals get tricky. It is difficult to measure learning a new technique or improving drawing skills on a spreadsheet, but you can measure how many classes you have taken focused on your new technique or how often you draw or paint.
  • Attainable: Having your goals be within reach is extremely important in order for you to continue to work toward your goals. This is the how part of your goal; where and when to practice new technique, carrying a sketchbook, or painting 3 times a week.
  • Relevant: In order for goals to be relevant they need to begin at the place you are in your creative journey. In short, does this goal relate to where you are and what you can do today?
  • Timely: Goals need to have a time limit. As an artist you know there is no finish line, but you can put time limits on your goals. As for learning a new technique, you can assign 3 months and at the end of 3 months look at what has been accomplished.  Are you where you hoped to be? You can draw the same object you started with and compare the two, or count your paintings to see if you did 3 a week.

There you go, one goal set. Goals are like promises; keep your promise to yourself. Look at your goals once a week and see if you are on track.  Be honest with yourself. 

It is recommended to have 3-5 SMART goals.  More than that is overwhelming, and less isn’t pushing you forward enough. If you need to, stagger your timeline so your goals are manageable. Be flexible with your goals, they will and should change. Small adjustments can be made or goals can be replaced with new more relevant ones.

Be a Better Artist - How to set and keep creative goals.
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Thank you for reading and I would love to hear from you. Was this column useful?  Do you have any suggestions for future columns?  Please write me at .


Artist Spotlight

by Marianne Fyda

Once again, I had a painting accepted into the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society of America, "Enduring Brilliance", a national art show.   
The event is held at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in NYC in the historic Tilden Mansion.

The PSA received 1,298 submissions and only 178 paintings were selected for this exhibition. My painting, "Amaryllis with Juan Gris", was selected.  I did not win a prize but getting into the show was enough for me!

My painting came about as a result of a happy accident.  The inspiration for my painting came from a Juan Gris painting, 'Still Life with Checkered Tablecloth'.  I saw this painting in an email, I loved it.  Later I saw the actual painting at the Met (see photo below) and I bought a print.  The print had a place of honor in my studio.  Months later, my very generous friend, Nina Turkin, gave me an amaryllis.  The amaryllis bloomed with huge red flowers.  I wanted to photograph the flowers, but I needed a background.  I placed the flowers in front of the poster and realized I was looking at something wonderful.  The painting came from that combination (see painting below), but I incorporated the artist's name and birthdate into the background as homage to Juan Gris.  (I also checked with an artist friend, Susan McCartney,  who is a docent a the Palmer Museum, to ask if using the Gris as the background for my painting was an acceptable thing to do and she assured me that it was fine.)  I hope that my painting will make others wish to see the original Juan Gris painting, too.

Note: Juan Gris was a student of Picasso in the era of cubism, a 'movement in modern art that emphasized the geometrical depiction of natural forms'.  Cubists did not show just one point of view but multiple views of the same object.
Marianne pictured with the original Juan Gris painting.
"Amaryllis with Juan Gris"
Marianne's painting using the Juan Gris painting as a background.
"Amaryllis with Juan Gris"
Marianne's painting using the Juan Gris painting as a background.

Thoughts from the Studio

Tips for using mauve from Karen Margulis' blog.
  • They are perfect for the dirt or colors under grass.
  • They are wonderful layered with greens in trees and shrubs. They add a bit of warmth and light and make the greens come alive.
  • They are perfect for dried grasses. I love them for fall landscapes but even a green meadow had dried grass!
  •  I love using them to build up the grays in the sky and clouds.

Future Workshops and Classes

"Thoughts of the Past", 16 X 20
by Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell selected for

September 20 (demonstration)
September 21, 22, 23 (workshop)
See more of  Lisa's work at


October Pastel PopUp Class

Kim Flick and Jill Foster, in conjunction with the Art Alliance, have scheduled a Pastel PopUp class for October 14, 2017  During the morning 3-hour session, participants will experiment with various brands of soft pastels using several different kinds of paper.

This quick overview of techniques would benefit people new to pastels.  Spread the word.  Tell your friends.  Come and enjoy the morning with us.

Pastel PopUp Class - Saturday, October 14th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Instructors - Kim Flick and Jill Foster
Location - Art Alliance, 818 Pike St., Lemont, PA
Registration/Fee - $30.   Call Art Alliance at 814-234-2740 or register online at 
          Painted on Multimedia Board                          Painted on Canson MiTeintes

A Pastel Premiere Primer
The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society

Kim Flick is designing an 8-week CPPS sponsored Pastel class that will start in January at the Art Alliance.  Every week through the winter schedule, a member from the Pastel Society will teach one 3-hour session based on their own strength and interest (landscape, portrait, underpainting, etc.) The Art Alliance is very excited about adding a pastel class to their art schedule.

At the present time, Kim is looking for artists from the Society who would be interested in teaching one of these sessions.  If you would like to be part of this exciting class, contact Kim at 

Registrations will be taken by the Art Alliance.  Keep watch on their website for days and times of the class, which have not yet been determined at this mailing.


Meeting Date

November 12 at 1:30 pm
Altoona, PA

The meeting will be held at SAMA Altoona located at 1210 11th Ave Altoona, PA 16601.  The meeting will be at 1:30 followed by the viewing of Deb Bunnell's show and Art In Common's "Artist In Our Midst" show. 
Here is a link for Deb's show

If you need a ride, contact Virginia Belser:

Art Shows to Enter

Artist's Magazine All Media Competition - deadline October 16 - information

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc. - For Women Only - deadline November 3, 2017 - prospectus at
 Check out.the OnlineJuriedShows website for many possibilities

Quote of the Month

"Most people want similar things --- to be treated with dignity, to spend quality time with friends and family, to be given the opportunity to thrive.  I've exhibited in foreign countries, and in each country there were universal connections made beyond the differences in language.  That is what art can do."

Rhoda Yanow, New Jersey Pastelist

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