AmyWelcome to the Colored Pencil Painters Guild (CPPG) and thank you for visiting. As our name implies we are a group of artists who are interested in colored pencil as a primary art medium. Our membership consists of a full range of skill levels from beginner to accomplished published artists. As a group we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience and take pleasure supporting each other’s efforts. 

We extend an open invitation to you to join us at any of our meetings or other events. Check out the About Us link for more information regarding the organization. Contact numbers can be found at the Contact Us link.

Our organization grows each month and we are looking forward to meeting you. In the meantime remember your art makes the world a more beautiful place.

Amy W. Ottilige
President, CPPG


miller-neceMelissa Miller Nece, President of the Colored Pencil Society of America will be attending our February 8, 2017 monthly meeting.

Melissa Miller Nece is known internationally as a colored pencil artist. Her enthusiasm and humor have made her a favorite speaker for arts groups, and she has inspired many others to try colored pencils through her classes and workshops. She has been on the Advisory Council for Prismacolor, and her drawings have also been used in advertising and promotional materials for Derwent pencils and Legion Paper. She wrote a step-by-step article on a technique she developed that was published in the fall of 2012 in The Artist’s Magazine.

Melissa is a Ten Year Merit Signature Member of and Ways and Means Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America, and Past President of CPSA District Chapter 113. She is also a Signature Member and Board member of the Miniature Artists of America, member and past board member of both the Miniature Art Society of Florida and the Professional Association of Visual Artists, and a member of the Florida Artists Group. She twice received grants from the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department (formerly Pinellas County Arts Council), in 2000 and 2008.

Melissa has a BFA from Lake Erie College and has been teaching drawing, colored pencil, and oil and acrylic painting at the Dunedin Fine Art Center since 1990. She has also taught college level graphic design and worked in commercial art. An award winner in international and regional shows, she has in turn served as a juror or judge for numerous shows and competitions. Her artwork is in many corporate and private collections. It has also been featured in CPSA Signature Showcase, Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, Creative Colored Pencil PortraitsThe Best of Colored Pencil Volumes 2, 3, and 5, Creative Colored Pencil, Portrait InspirationsThe Best of Portrait Painting and American Artist and Drawing Highlights magazines. 


These colored pencil works won ribbons at The Villages art shows during 2016. Note that these are only thumbnails. Move your cursor to the image to view the painter, title and ribbon or click to enlarge and view in its entirety.

LAKE MIONA Fall 2016

December 2016 Photos
Photos of the December meeting.
Fall Festival Photographs
Photos of the 2016 Fall Festival.
November 9 Meeting Photos
Photos of the November meeting.
October 12 Meeting Photos
Photos of the critique session.
Our guest speaker at the September meeting was Alex Maher, Senior Character Artist with the Disney Design Group. Alex is an artist, sculptor, and designer. The club also celebrated their 5th birthday with a catered breakfast.
AUGUST 10 Meeting - PHOTOS
 Dennis Kaminski, proprietor of DK Art Supply and Custom Framing in Leesburg was our guest speaker at the August meeting.
July 13 Meeting - PHOTOS
Leslie Joy presented multiple tips on photographing. These are some scenes from the meeting.
Frank Zampardi  demonstrated reverse painting on black paper. I  These are some scenes from the meeting.
May 2016 Judged Show PHOTOS
These are photos taken during the reception at the May 22 CPPG Judged Show.
The MAY 11, 2016  meeting featured a showcase of new colored pencil artists. To offer all an opportunity to learn, each entry in the Emerging Artists Exhibit was critiqued by  experienced colored pencil artists.  These are some scenes from the meeting.
The APRIL 13 2016  provided an opportunity to have your unfinished or completed paintings critiqued by experienced colored pencil artists.
These are photographs of the 2016 Spring Jubilee. Click on any image to enlarge it.
EARS Trip Photos
Here are several photos from the field trip to Endangered Animal Rescue Center (EARS). If you benefited from the trip, consider making a contribution to this worthwhile organization. Their website is Instructions for donating can be found there.Click on an image to enlarge it.