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The Blank Canvas | Betsy Schoettlin, Guest Blogger

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”
Paul Cezanne

I’ve been buying art supplies for 30 years. Canvasses, canvas pads, tracing paper, acrylics, oils, mediums, brushes, pencils, pastels, graphite paper, smudge sticks, big easels, small easels, table easels, outdoor easels, the list goes on and on. I can’t even imagine how much money I have spent on my passion for painting.

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And, up until now, I’d never touched a canvas with a brush. Or with anything else. For 30 years I have been buying and storing and then giving away, or otherwise disposing of, my art supplies without a single drawing or painting to show for it. One time I managed to get a sketch onto a canvas but was so dissatisfied with it that I erased it.

I’m not normally a fearful person. I regularly do things that are outside of my comfort zone, that stretch me beyond what I think I am truly capable of both physically and emotionally. Except painting. And yet, I keep buying art supplies.

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In my mind, I have all sorts of reasons why I haven’t been able to paint. But the real reason is because I am afraid. Not that other people would see what I painted and be unimpressed. I am afraid that, if I actually put brush to canvas, I will know, finally, whether or not I can paint. So much better to not have tried, to be ready to try, to have the option to try, to not know.

And then I found a few painting apps and a real hold-in-your-hand-with-a-brush-end “paintbrush” for my iPad. In the digital world I could “paint” right on top of a photo or a drawing. The iPad felt like sort of like a canvas. I could hold it in my lap. And I could “undo” my mistakes. It was nearly free, no wasted oils or embarrassing failed canvasses. No struggling to get a sketch onto the canvas. I started painting on my iPad and it was amazing and fabulous. I experimented and played, and erased and deleted and started again. And again, and again. And every now and then, something came out pretty well. SO exciting. And there was no pressure, it was just playing. But I still didn’t paint.

Last spring I placed a big order at Rex Art for more art supplies. Again. Gorgeous, silky oils in beautiful little wooden boxes, luscious hand rolled pastels and some new paintbrushes (you can never have too many). I arranged them in a stately old bookcase, with the brushes artfully placed in a vintage pitcher. They looked fabulous. But I still didn’t paint.

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Art supplies arranged on shelf. So pretty & pristine.

Have you ever jumped into a freezing cold lake or off of a high dive or cliff? You stand there, looking down, knowing you can do it, watching your 10 year old niece do it over and over, and yet every fiber of your being is focused on preventing you from jumping. So, for just a second, the blink of an eye, you shut down your brain, create a blank space, stop thinking, grab hold of a bit of faith, and step into the abyss. And when you hit the water you sink and it’s cold and you’re not sure if you can get back to the surface in time to breathe and then you do. And the water is viciously cold, but it’s a different kind of cold than you thought, bracing, exhilarating, survivable. And you did it.

A few weeks ago, I got a postcard from our local art center. I went to the website and I stood there on the cliff, staring down into the icy water as I had so very many times before. And I stepped off. I signed up for “Dare to Try: A Painting Workshop for the Complete Novice”. That was Monday, September 16th. The class started on Tuesday, the 17th. Which really wasn’t a problem because, hey, I already had a crap load of art supplies, beautifully arranged in my bookcase.

To be continued……

Rex Art Celebrates 60 Years in Business! | Save 50% to 60% Off on Daler-Rowney Artist Watercolor and Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes!

2010 marks the 60th year of business for Rex Art, and our 15th anniversary of being the world’s first on-line art supplier. Four generations of family members have worked at Rex, and it is been our pleasure to assist our customers over the course of our history.

What better way to celebrate our anniversary then to give our favorite customers some amazing specials? This time around we are featuring Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolors at up to 50% off! Could there be a better way to start spring than to start the Spring watercolor season with an amazing deal for artist quality Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolors?

Celebrating Rex Art's 60th Anniversary - Save up to 50% off on Daler Rowney Artist Watercolors!

Celebrating Rex Art's 60th Anniversary - Save up to 50% off on Daler Rowney Artist Watercolors!

We are also offering Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes at 50 – 60% off, and they are the perfect pairing with artist’s watercolors. Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes are the original white sable brushes, and often imitated but never duplicated. They have a unique blend of synthetic filaments that deliver all the benefits of pure red sable brushes for point and spring back at a fraction of the cost. Robert Simmons doesn’t just talk about quality, but back it up with an incredible lifetime warranty. If your Robert Simmons White Sable brush should ever fail to satisfy you can send it back to Robert Simmons for replacement. No other brush manufacturer that we have ever carried at Rex offers better quality, and the warranty to back it up!

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration! Take up to 60% off Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes!

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration! Take up to 60% off Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes!

Lastly, as if 50% off on Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolors and 60% off Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes were not great enough deals at Rex Art, if you purchase $150 or more of any combination of Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolors and Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes you can receive a free Daler-Rowney Artist Watercolor set. Simply, add this coupon to your cart to also receive one of the following Daler-Rowney watercolor sets for FREE while supplies last:

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration! - Get a FREE Daler-Rowney Artist Watercolor set!

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration! - Get a FREE Daler-Rowney Artist Watercolor set!

Any of these sets are valued at $23.95 and one is yours for free if you purchase $150 or more of any combination of Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolors and Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes. Just click below to add the coupon to your cart or enter the following in your cart:

Coupon Code: 1268425259
FREE Daler-Rowney Watercolor Set with the purchase of $150. See Details. Restrictions Apply. While Supplies Last.

As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support and 60 great years! We look forward to the next 60!

Rex Art Celebrates 60 Years in Business! | Save 60% Off!

2010 marks the 60th year of business for Rex Art, and our 15th anniversary of being the world’s first on-line art supplier. Four generations of family members have worked at Rex, and it is been our pleasure to assist our customers over the course of our history.

What better way to celebrate our anniversary then to give our favorite customers some amazing specials? With that thought in mind, and it being our 60th year of business we have some amazing 60% off promotions to kick off the celebration.

First up, is you can save 60% off our selection of Isabey Brushes.

Celebrating Rex Art's 60th Anniversary - Take 60% of Isabey Isacryl Finest Acrylic and Oil Brushes

Celebrating Rex Art's 60th Anniversary - Take 60% off Isabey Isacryl Finest Acrylic and Oil Brushes

The Isabey Isacryl Synthetic Brushes are one of the finest handmade synthetic brushes available. A special mix of thick synthetic fibers replicates the finest natural hairs with the durability of a synthetic. Ideal for oil paint and heavy body acrylics. They feature:

  • Incredible feel and spring for unparalleled precision
  • Random mix of up to 7 different fibers and diameters resulting in superior performance.
  • Finely tapered hairs interlock keeping a perfect sharp point or edge
  • Special fiber resists splaying when used with solvents
  • Keeps its tight shape longer than other synthetics
  • Long handled

Also available at an amazing Rex Art 60th anniversary special 60% off promotion are the Robert Simmons Sienna long handled and short handled brushes.

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration!  Take 60% off Robert Simmons Sienna Brushes!

Rex Art 60th Anniversary Celebration! Take 60% off Robert Simmons Sienna Brushes!

Robert Simmons Sienna long and short handled brushes are made to perform at professional artist standards and feature a lifetime factory warranty. The brush itself is composed of high quality, state of the art, synthetic filaments resulting in a rich mixture with a smooth, soft feel which returns to a point or sharp edge every time. This luxurious blend allows for control in painting but with enough resilience to perform perfectly every time.

As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support and 60 great years! We look forward to the next 60!

Rex Art – Princeton Brush Closeout – Save 60% off list!

Rex Art - Princeton Brush Closeout - Save 60% off List!

Rex Art - Princeton Brush Closeout - Save 60% off List!


Rex Art is closing out all our Princeton brushes at a great savings of 60% off list! Take advantage of this special while supplies are available. Once the brush has been removed from our site it is gone for good at those prices. We have many styles to choose from Red Sable to synthetic mongoose. Check them out below. Enjoy the additional savings from Rex! Thank you as always for supporting our family.

Save 60% off Princeton Red Sable Long Handle from Rex!

Save 60% off Princeton Red Sable Long Handle from Rex!

Save 60% off list for Princeton Finest Natural Bristle Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list for Princeton Finest Natural Bristle Brushes!

Save 60% off List on Princeton Miniature Detail Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off List on Princeton Miniature Detail Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Mongoose Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Mongoose Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Sable Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Sable Oil & Acrylic Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Sable Watercolor Brushes at Rex!

Save 60% off list on Princeton Synthetic Sable Watercolor Brushes at Rex!

New Product Highlight – Silver Brushes

New Silver Brushes from Rex Art

New Silver Brushes from Rex Art

Last year we started carrying the Silver Brush line, and based on a lot of positive feedback from our customers we have expanded our range of offerings from Silver Brush.  We now carry five new ranges in Silver Brush:

Each of these unique series of brushes have a particular application, and should make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection of brushes.

Silver Brush Ruby Satin Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Ruby Satin Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Ruby Satin Short Handled Brushes offers the control and feel of interlocked bristle, with more durability than natural hair. Ruby Satin brushes come in a wide variety of shapes for artists working in every medium. Artists can use Ruby Satin on rugged textured surfaces. Paint with confidence on wood, canvas, or tough fabrics like sweats, jeans or heavy cotton. With precise snap and fine control, Ruby Satin is a great alternative to more expensive natural hair. Ruby Satin offers superb color control with heavy body, tube, or jar acrylics, oils, gouache, encaustic or casein. Perfect for blending, double loading, layering and stroke work.

Silver Brush Silver Mop Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Silver Mop Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Silver Mop Brushes are made with ultra soft white and black goat hair and are ideal for color blending with oils or acrylics, or for background and sky washes in watercolors. Silver Brush black goat hair mops are artist favorites for dusting; used by conservators, ceramists and artists. These quality mops are the among the finest available.

Silver Brush Silverwhite Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Silverwhite Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Silverwhite Short Handled Brushes are Soft white synthetic brushes manufactured with three different diameter selected and blended tapered white taklon filaments to hold sharp flat edges and fine round needle points. The spring and color capacity duplicates the finest natural hair, at a fraction of the price. These multi-purpose brushes are suitable for water base media including acrylics, watercolor, gouache, inks, dyes & tempera. Silverwhite, fitted with short, polished, white tipped silver handles and seamless nickel ferrules are made in a broad family of sizes and shapes. They offer extraordinary value for crafters, watercolor and decorative artists, students, and hobbyists.

Silver Brush Sterling Studio Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Sterling Studio Short Handled Brushes from Rex Art

Silver Brush Sterling Studio Short Handled Brushes are Soft white synthetic brushes manufactured with three different diameter selected and blended tapered white taklon filaments to hold sharp flat edges and fine round needle points. The spring and color capacity duplicates the finest natural hair, at a fraction of the price. These multi-purpose brushes are suitable for water base media including acrylics, watercolor, gouache, inks, dyes & tempera.

Lastly, the Silver Brush Ultra Mini Golden Taklon Brushes are like precision jewels. These detail brushes are made with the artist in mind. They feature short handles with the Comfort Grip® design and compact ultra fine heads, making them perfect for tight work spaces. The Golden Taklon synthetic filament offers superb control with acrylics, gouache, watercolor, inks, enamels or oils. Artists can paint all day in complete control, without cramped fingers from tiny handles. Ultra Mini brushes are ideal for decorative painting, models, doll houses, miniature painting, decorative miniature birds and wildfowl art. Choose from twelve sizes and shapes. Precise filament golden Taklon hair is set into seamless nickel plated brass ferrules and mounted on iridescent pearl white Comfort Grip® handles.

We would love for you to give some of these new Silver Brushes a try, and please let us know what you think by posting your comments here or adding a review on the individual brush page. As an added bonus we are offering an additional 10% savings coupon on any open stock Silver Brushes from now until August 31. So try them out and save 46% off with the coupon! As always our family thanks you for supporting Rex Art! We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe July 4th!

Coupon Code: 1246476486 – Good Till August 31.
Save an EXTRA 10% OFF Open Stock Silver Brush Brushes from Rex Art!

Get a FREE Brush Case from Rex Art and Silver Brush!

Now through June 30, 2009 for any purchase over $50 of long handle or short handle Silver Brush sets we are including a free Silver Slim brush case with your order.

Free Silver Slim Brush Case for Silver Brush Orders over $50!

Free Silver Slim Brush Case for Silver Brush Orders over $50!

If your Silver Brush order happens to be greater than $100 we will upgrade your free Silver Slim brush case to the Grande version with an internal zipper! Remember all you need to do to receive your free Silver Slim brush case is to purchase over $50 of Silver Brushes and add the following coupon to your shopping cart.

Silver Brush Slim Case Coupon

If you are not familiar with Silver Brushes they might be worth checking out. Several touted professional artists make Silver Brush their brush of choice. In fact, the sets we offer are specially selected offerings of brushes that are chosen based on the artist’s feedback and actual usage. Lets say for instance you were interested in Burt Silverman, and wanted to use the same brushes he recommends for doing figure painting then you would select one of his sets. There are several professional artist’s sets available from Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, John Howard Sanden, Johnnie Liliedahl, Nelson Shanks, Bobbie Gray, Bill DeLoach, Peggy Harris, Susan Louise Moyer, Tom Jones, and many others. So take this opportunity to get professional artists brush palette and a free Silver Brush case for free!

Silver Brush Slim Case Coupon