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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 – New Product Highlight – DR Acrylic Gesso from Daler Rowney

New DR Acrylic Gesso from Daler Rowney available at Rex at a Great Price!

New DR Acrylic Gesso from Daler Rowney available at Rex at a Great Price!

We would like to let you know about the addition of the DR Acrylic Gesso from Daler Rowney now available at Rex. We are very excited about this new addition to the extremely popular DR paint line from Daler Rowney, which offers exceptional value for the everyday artist. The Daler-Rowney Gesso has been formulated for use as a ground for both oil and acrylic paintings. It provides great coverage at a fantastic price and comes in a convenient stack-able and resealable rectangular container.

Rex Art Presents the new DR Acrylic from Daler Rowney

Rex Art Presents the new DR Acrylic from Daler Rowney

One of the features we really like about the DR Gesso, and DR line in general is that they are manufactured in the UK just like all the other Daler Rowney paints. Many other manufacturers cut the costs of their gessos by producing them in less quality focused manufacturing locations, and we have found most of these products to be of lessor quality and consistency. But best of all, and what you always expect from Rex, is our commitment to save you money, and the new DR gesso is extremely affordable. It is available in a one liter size (33.8 oz), currently on sale for $8.95, and also a 1 gallon size (128oz), currently on sale for only $21.95. When compared to similar products from other manufacturers it is far more affordably priced and generally 30% to 50% lower in price! Go to our main Gesso page and compare for yourself! We are positive that you are going to really appreciate the value and quality of the new DR Gesso, and we would love to hear about your experiences with this new fantastic product from Daler Rowney. Please post your comments here, or write a review! As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support!

New Product Hightlight – Langton Watercolor Paper

Rex Art Weclomes Langton Watercolor Papers from Daler Rowney

Rex Art Weclomes Langton Watercolor Papers from Daler Rowney

At Rex Art we are always looking for great new products from our manufacturers, and Daler Rowney has launched a premier watercolor paper line called Langton. We partnered with Daler Rowney to offer this fabulous paper to our customers first, and it is now available from us.

Langton watercolor paper is a professional line of paper made with 100% cotton pulp of the highest quality, and is acid free. It is traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine, and features a gelatinized surface for strength and resilience. Currently, it is available in pads, blocks, and 10 packs of 22″ x 30″ sheets with a weight of 140 lbs / 300 gsm. We also offer a beautiful Langton watercolor sketchbook with 200 lb paper, and a side spiral binding, which would make a great on the go watercolor substrate!

The Langton Prestige Watercolor Spiral Pad

The Langton Prestige Watercolor Spiral Pad

What was really surprising to us was the value of the Langton watercolor papers. The Langton is of equal or better quality than a leading national brand like Arches or Fabriano, but is very affordable. For instance, currently we offer the 10 packs of the 22″ x 30″ paper for $35.48 per package, or only $3.54 per sheet! That is very affordable for a watercolor paper of that size, and quality. Definitely worth a try.

If you would like a sample of the paper included with your next order please mention it in your order comments and we will include a complementary sample for you. You know at Rex you can always count on great prices, and the Langton watercolor papers are currently available up to 50% off. Also, from now until the end of August we have an extra 10% off available for any of the Langton watercolor paper products. Simply add this coupon to your cart by entering the code below, or click this coupon. We would love to hear your feedback regarding the new Langton papers. Please post your comments here or post a review.

Coupon Code: 1245367810
Save an Extra 10% on Langton Watercolor Papers

Rex Art @ NAMTA 2009

Katrina and I just returned back from this year’s National Art Materials Trade Show, which was held in Louisville, KY. The NAMTA show is the biggest show in the industry and all the major companies are there to show off their wares exclusively to businesses in the art materials trade. This show is always a great to attend because we get to meet with all our favorite suppliers face to face, and get to see all the new and not so new fabulous products that they produce up close and personal.

We had never been to Louisville before, and we really enjoyed the city. We stayed at a very cool hotel downtown called the 21c Museum Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by art everywhere you go. When we heard about it we had to stay there! There was art in each room, in the hallways, by the elevators, and they also had a full museum downstairs which featured several artists. It was really a fabulous place to stay, and I highly recommend it if you ever are in Louisville. A hotel like the 21c would be much more expensive if it were located in a city like New York, San Francisco, or Miami. Here are a couple of shots of the hotel, and also their cool interactive feature by the elevator.

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

21c Gallery Space

Pan Bronze in the Proof on Main Bar @ the 21c

Pan Bronze in the Proof on Main Bar @ the 21c

21c Elevator Interactive Art

21c Elevator Interactive Art

21c Hotel Room

21c Hotel Room

Of course, the main reason we attend NAMTA each year are the art supplies. At Rex Art we always like to make sure we are offering some of the latest and greatest materials in our industry to you, our customers. This year’s show offered some great exciting new products that you will be seeing shortly on our digital shelves, but in the meantime here is a little preview of some things to come…

Daler Rowney Simply Products

Daler Rowney Simply Products

Langton Watercolor Spiral Book

Langton Watercolor Spiral Book

F&W is Back in Big Bottles!

F&W is Back in Big Bottles!

A Holiday Preview - Georgian Wood Box Sets!

A Holiday Preview - Georgian Wood Box Sets!

Caran d'Ache Limited Edition Set

Caran d'Ache Limited Edition Set

Caran d'Ache Hat Set

Caran d'Ache Hat Set

New Cretacolor Set!

New Cretacolor Set!

New Sennelier Professional Acrylic Paints!

New Sennelier Professional Acrylic Paints!

New Faber Castell Watercolor Set

New Faber Castell Watercolor Set

Holiday Preview - Grumbacher Paint Sets

Holiday Preview - Grumbacher Paint Sets

Shiva Professional Oils from Richeson get a facelift!

Shiva Professional Oils from Richeson get a facelift!

Cool Bookmaking Kits!

Cool Bookmaking Kits!

Jason and Brooke show off the new Case Envy Book!

Jason and Brooke show off the new Case Envy Book!

Kat models with the cool Louisville horses!

Kat models with the cool Louisville horses! Bye for now!