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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……

Save up to 68% on Richeson Easel Sets only at Rex Art!

Save up to 68% on Richeson Easel Sets only at Rex Art!

Save up to 68% on Richeson Easel Sets only at Rex Art!


From now until our supplies last we are offering amazing savings up to 68% off on all the Richeson Studio Easel Sets. Each of the Jack Richeson Studio easels set feature a good quality easel and free bonus accessory items such as a stool, mahl stick, or large wooden palette. The easels are priced at an amazing price even without the bonus items, but are an even better value when you consider the free accessory bonus items. However, act quickly because these items are only available at the prices listed while supplies last. Check out each of the five different models:

Jack Richeson Beechwood Adjustable Lyre Easel Set Save 59% at Rex!

Jack Richeson Beechwood Adjustable Lyre Easel Set Save 59% at Rex!

Save 62% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Studio H Easel Set at Rex Art!

Save 62% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Studio H Easel Set at Rex Art!

Save 68% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Crank Easel Set at Rex Art!

Save 68% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Crank Easel Set at Rex Art!

Save 58% off on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Watercolor Easel Set only at Rex Art!

Save 58% off on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Watercolor Easel Set only at Rex Art!

Save 64% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Platform Easel Set at Rex Art!

Save 64% on the Jack Richeson Beechwood Platform Easel Set at Rex Art!

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

Order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo and receive a FREE 24 pan St. Petersburg watercolor set!

Order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo and receive a FREE 24 pan St. Petersburg watercolor set!

Order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo and receive a FREE 24 pan St. Petersburg watercolor set!

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? How would you like to get a Richeson Lyptus Lobo easel for $169.99 and a free Richeson St.Petersburg watercolor pan set of 24! Well, right now you can! If you order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo easel for our amazingly good price of $169.99, a savings of 43% off the list price, we will include a Richeson St.Petersburg watercolor pan set of 24 valued at $99.95 absolutely free!

Order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo, and get a FREE St. Petersburg 24 pan watercolor set!

Order a Richeson Lyptus Lobo, and get a FREE St. Petersburg 24 pan watercolor set!

The Richeson Lyptus Lobo easel is an earth friendly version the Best Lobo Easel. It can be used either vertical or horizontal and is ideal for watercolorists, oil and acrylic painters and pastel artists, as it can be tilted forward.

Get a FREE 24 Pan St. Petersburg watercolor set when you order a Richeson Lyptus easel from Rex Art!

Get a FREE 24 Pan St. Petersburg watercolor set when you order a Richeson Lyptus easel from Rex Art!

Act now to get this amazing special because it is only while supplies last! You can enter the coupon code below in your cart or click the link to automatically add the free 24 pan St. Petersburg watercolor set to your cart.
FREE St. Petersburg Watercolor Set of 24 with the Purchase of a Richeson Lyptus Lobo Easel. While supplies last.
Coupon Code: 1269381246


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

Rex Art 14th Anniversary Celebration – Best Classic Dulce Promotion!

Right now until the end of May you can save an additional 14% off our best selling Best Classic Dulce easel. This has been our best selling easel over the last 10 years, and offers the professional and novice painter the perfect mix of value, quality and functionality. I can honestly say we have never had one person order this easel and was disappointed. We have several customers that have had one for over 15 years, and they still work as well as they day they bought it. All the the Best Easels from Jack Richeson come with a lifetime factory warranty, and no other manufacturer stands behind their easels like Richeson does.

Get a Best Classic Dulce for only $214.99!

Get a Best Classic Dulce for only $214.99!

Our regular price for the Best Classic Dulce is $249.99, which is already over 47% off, but during our anniversary special you can save an additional 14% off if you apply this coupon. Your final price will be $214.99, which is less than the price we charged for it in 2005, and a savings of over 55%! But hurry and act now, because this promotion is only good while supplies last, and until the end of May! At this price I do not think it will last very long!

14th Anniversary Special – Additional 14% Off The Best Classic Dulce