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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……

Fredrix Cotton Canvas Rolls and Pro Series Canvases | Save More Now!

Save up to 58% on Selected=

Save up to 58% on Selected Fredrix Cotton Canvas Rolls from Rex Art!

We are having an amazing sale on some of our best selling Fredrix products! Save up to 58% on our most popular cotton canvas rolls from Fredrix. Need a 12oz heavy weight, acrylic primed canvas roll 96″ wide for your next mural? We’ve got it, right here! Maybe you would like a medium weight, cotton, in a 73″ width, primed and ready to paint? Check out the Fredrix Yankee rolls. Here at Rex we have a massive selection of canvas rolls from America’s finest and oldest provider of artist canvas, Fredrix. Whatever your artistic needs we are sure to have a cotton canvas roll to meet your creative needs, and as always at the fantastic Rex Art prices you know and love! But hurry these sale prices will only last until April 30!

New - Pro Series Stretched Canvases from Fredrix - On Sale now at Rex Art!

New - Pro Series Stretched Canvases from Fredrix - On Sale now at Rex Art!

Maybe you want something ready to paint, but are looking for something above the standard every day stretched canvas? Introducing the Pro Series from Fredrix. These canvases are definitely a cut above the rest. Featuring:

So what are you waiting for? With our fabulous products, fantastic prices and warmer weather on the way it’s time to get creative! Please act soon our special sale on these products will end on April 30th!

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

Save 55% on Fredrix Red Label Canvases for a limited time at Rex!

Save 55% Off on Fredrix Red Label Canvases from Rex Art for a limited time!

Save 55% Off on Fredrix Red Label Canvases from Rex Art for a limited time!


We are kicking off the new year with the best prices of the year on Fredrix Red Label Canvases. Fredrix has been producing the best canvas products in the US since 1868. Their quality and reputation for canvas is unmatched. There are lots of brands of canvas out there, but when it comes to your artwork why not choose the best? We have arranged to offer these fantastic canvases with a special factory promotion only through Rex Art.

Now for a limited time you can take 55% off Fredrix Red Label Canvases, our best selling style of canvases. It is a great time to stock up and save! But act soon, because our Winter Fredrix Rex Art Sale is only for a limited 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 Supplies Launches Fredrix Pro Series Stretched Canvases | Save 10% Extra!

Rex Art Supplies Launches Fredrix Pro Series Canvases - Save 10% Extra!

Rex Art Supplies Launches Fredrix Pro Series Canvases | Save 10% Extra!

Fredrix has long been the number one manufacturer and producer of canvas for artists in the United States. Not a company to rest on their laurels they have introduced the Fredrix Pro Series of stretched canvases, one of the finest, and most anticipated products in their storied history. The Fredrix Pro Series Stretched Canvases are not designed for every artist or every artistic application, but when a top quality substrate is required they more than fit the bill. Simply put, the Fredrix Pro Series Stretched Canvases are the finest stretched canvas series ever produced by Fredrix.

The Pro Series from Fredrix all features:

In addition they are available in a large number of different sizes, and constructed with either a 7/8″ Profile Bar, 1-3/8″ Profile Bar, or an ultra contemporary 2-1/4″ Profile Stretcher Bar.

Here is what one of our customers had to say about the new Fredrix Pro Series 2.25″ Stretched Canvases:

This series of canvases are fantastic! It is very well constructed and feels very sturdy overall. The surface is tightly stretched and flat. I kept running my hands over the surface to feel its niceness. I have painted a large portrait (72″ x 60″) with Golden acrylic paints. The result is very satisfactory! I am very sure painting landscape or abstract will be marvelous also. Compared with some custom-made large canvases I used, this one is absolutely at the top. I wish Fredrix could make 84″ x 60″ also!

Everything has pros and cons. Since it has a lot of teeth on the surface and its large size, it eats brush fast also (due to the law of physics). I can see some brush hair remains on the surface. Portrait painters might wish a smoother surface. You cannot have it all. I think it suits palette knife painting the best (but it will eat knife fast also). This is not a complaint though.

I am so happy that Fredrix took this big step to introduce us this high quality new Pro series. I truly appreciate your outstanding customer service. I definitely will order more later.
Wendy F Houston TX

You know at Rex Art we are always about giving outstanding customer service, great products, and great prices. Right now would be a great time to try out the new Fredrix Pro Series Stretched Canvases because we are offering them at an additional 10% OFF from now through 11/30/10. Just click the link below to add the coupon to your cart or enter the coupon code at checkout.

Coupon Code: 1287701651

Take an Extra 10% OFF Fredrix Pro Series Stretched Canvases from Rex Art!

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new Pro Series Canvases from Fredrix. Please post a review on our site, or reply to this blog post.

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

OOPS! Slightly Flawed Russian Linen Canvas Rolls Promotion from Rex Art

Save 50% - Oops Russian Linen Oil and Acrylic Primed Canvas Rolls

Save 50% - OOPS Russian Linen Oil and Acrylic Primed Canvas Rolls

Save 50% with our Russian Acrylic or Oil Primed linen rolls “OOPS” promotion. After these rolls arrived in our warehouse and were inspected they were found to be slightly flawed. Quality checks revealed that a few rolls may need to be lightly sanded and re-gessoed. So, if you don’t mind the small amount of extra work, you can get this linen canvas at an amazing price! Keep in mind that you might receive the canvas and like the texture just the way it is, and not have to re-gesso at all. Save 50% right now, but get them while you can – quantities are limited. Once they are gone we will not have them again at these prices! Because we are offering such an outstanding value on these rolls and they are close-out items, they cannot be returned once purchased.

Rex Art, Save Up To 62% Off On Top Quality Fredrix Canvases

The Rex Art Canvas Sale is on Now!  Save up to 62%

The Rex Art Canvas Sale is on Now! Save up to 62%

Every now and again a promotion comes along at Rex Art that we offer to our customers that is really special. Now, I realize I am a bit biased, but our once a year sale on the best selling canvases from Fredrix is really a special event. You know at Rex Art we always offer outstanding prices, and we sell tons of Fredrix canvas every day at our great prices from 50% to 55% off list price. However, right now through December 15th we are offering extraordinary savings at up to 62% off our list price on all Red Label, Blue Label, Green Label and Gallerywrap Canvases.

Save up to 62% off on Red, Blue, Green Label and Gallerywrap Canvases from Rex!

Save up to 62% off on Red, Blue, Green Label and Gallerywrap Canvases from Rex!

Now is the time to stock up on your favorites canvases from Fredrix at our best prices of the year! It is unlikely we will offer prices this low again on Fredrix canvases so act quickly because certain styles and sizes can run out. As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support!

Rex Art – New Product Highlight – Caravaggio Artist Canvas Rolls

New from Rex - Caravaggio Artist Canvas Rolls

New from Rex - Caravaggio Artist Canvas Rolls


Rex Art would like to introduce you to Caravaggio, our newest line of fine Italian Canvases from Jack Richeson. The Caravaggio line features a fantastic array off high quality cotton, poly, and linen available in a number of different sized rolls and textures to suit any artist’s needs. The Caravaggio canvas has been made in Italy for the last 30 years, and is the number one selling acrylic primed brand in Europe. Now our US customers can easily enjoy the same great Caravaggio canvas that European artists are using every day.

Another unique feature of the Caravaggio line are that they offer a single clear coated primed linen canvases, which has been gaining popularity since the advent of clear gessos.

Caravaggio 100% Linen SCP Fine Texture 15oz Canvas

Caravaggio 100% Linen SCP Fine Texture 15oz Canvas

Caravaggio swatch books are available if you would like to see more detail than shown on our site. You know that Rex always offers our customers great value and we are offering these fabulous new canvases at a savings of up to 39% off! Also, from now until August 31st if you purchase any Caravaggio canvas you can save an extra 10% off with the coupon below.

Coupon Code: 1248808371

Save an EXTRA 10% OFF Caravaggio Artist Canvas Rolls from Rex Art – Now through August 31st

Please let us know what you think of Caravaggio by posting your comments here.

Rex Art 14th Anniversary Celebration – Fredrix Dixie Style 123 12oz Primed Cotton Canvas Rolls

Save an Additional 14% off our Fredrix Dixie Style Canvas - Size 72" x 6 yd Roll

Save an Additional 14% off our Fredrix Dixie Style Canvas - Size 72" x 6 yd

Here is another ridiculous special to celebrate our 14th Anniversary on-line, and 59 years serving you. This special is for our best selling Fredrix Dixie acrylic primed, heavy duty 12oz, cotton canvas roll in our most popular size of 72″ x 6yds. Normally we have a fantastic discount of 50% off, but to celebrate our 14th anniversary you can save an additional $20.65 by adding this coupon to your cart. That amounts to 57% off the list price! Remember this coupon will only work for the 72 x 6 yard size, will only be available for a limited time, and while supplies last! Enjoy the savings! Keep watching our blog for more fantastic 14th anniversary Rex Art savings!

Save an Additional 14% off our Fredrix Dixie Style Canvas - Size 72"  x 6 yd Roll

Save an Additional 14% off our Fredrix Dixie Style Canvas - Size 72" x 6 yd Roll

Use this coupon to save an additional 14% off our Fredrix Dixie Style Canvas – Size 72″ x 6 yd Roll