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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 Promotion – Buy Six Tubes of Richeson Oils get a FREE Grey Matters Pad!

Richeson Oils - The Shiva Oil Series

Richeson Oils - The Shiva Oil Series

Here is another fantastic offering from Rex Art and Jack Richeson! To continue our celebration of the re-introduction of Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series if you purchase 6 tubes of Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series your will receive a FREE Grey Matters 9″ x 12″ Paper Palette.

Get a FREE Grey Matters 9x12 Paper Palette when you purchase 6 or more tubes of Richeson Oils!

Get a FREE Grey Matters 9x12 Paper Palette when you purchase 6 or more tubes of Richeson Oils!

The Grey Matters Paper Palette is a very useful item, but most people do not now how great these are until they use it. This unique, disposable solution helps artists working on a toned surface be able to see how the colors will appear on neutral surfaces before applying them to the painting. The paper is suitable for oils, casein, acrylics and alkyds, and each pad includes a color mixing reference guide inside the front cover.

If you have not given Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series a try yet this might be a great time to give them a test run! As always at Rex, we offer great value on these paints, and we discount them every day at 41% off! Plus, with the FREE Grey Matters Pad that is another savings of $5.17 from your order! Also, check out our blog post all about the Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series.

There is no limit to the number of times you can participate in this promotion. However, there is a limit of one Grey Matters 9″ x 12″ Paper Palette per order, and while supplies last.

Coupon Code: 1251489279 – Good while supplies last. Limit 1 pad per order.
FREE GREY MATTERS PALETTE PAD with the purchase of 6 Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series

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.

Product Highlight – Richeson Oils – The Rebirth of the Shiva Oil Line!

Richeson Oils - The Rebirth of the Shiva Oil Line!

Richeson Oils - The Rebirth of the Shiva Oil Line!

COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH

Here at Rex, Shiva paints have always been one of our most popular product lines.  We have carried their fabulous Casiens and Oils for over 40 years. Unfortunately, in the eighties and nineties the line began to stagnate with production and quality control issues. Many of our customers started to notice that, Shiva, their favorite American made brand was not the same quality they were accustomed to.  Shortly thereafter, the company manufacturing Shiva decided to sell the rights to manufacturer the Shiva brand. Along came Jack Richeson, a man, that stakes his reputation and that of his family’s company every day on the quality products they manufacture.

Colleen Richeson, Jack Richeson’s daughter, and national sales manager for the Richeson company, was kind enough to share some inside information about the rebirth of Shiva.  According to Colleen, when her Dad was a young man he delivered artist materials in Chicago to Ramon Shiva, the creator of Shiva Oils & Caseins.   It was then that a dream evolved in Jack’s thoughts to one day produce the finest line of oil paint imaginable.  When Shiva was available for sale Jack felt that he could finally realize his dream so many years later, to produce the highest quality oil imaginable at a price that would allow even a beginning artist to afford to paint with the best.  And so the Richeson family, bought the Shiva line to manufacture right here in Kimberly, Wisconsin!

As you can see below, making the professional quality, American made Richeson Oil – The Shiva Series is a time consuming, pain-staking process. It requires serious skill, dedication, and a willingness to never compromise on quality.

Measuring pigment for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Measuring pigment for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Richeson Oil – The Shiva Series is manufactured using only the highest quality pigments and binders.

Mixing the pigment for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Mixing the pigment for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Pigments are carefully measured and added to insure consistency from batch to batch.

Additional Mixing for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Additional Mixing for Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Mixing of pigments into the vehicle. Depending upon the colors the blending or mixing process can take up to 8 hours.

Adding more pigment - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Adding more pigment - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Several different types of mixers are used to blend pigment into the base. Some colors may require extended mixing times and a heavy mixer like the one above is required.

Final Mixing Stages - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Final Mixing Stages - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

The mixing process in its final stages before going to the mill. Following the milling process, Richeson allows the paint to “rest” to give time for maximum oil absorption by the pigments.
Most modern companies tube immediately eliminating this important step. It’s only after resting for between 60-120 days(depend on pigment) can further tests be done to determine if further milling is necessary to achieve the much desired consistency. days(depend on pigment) can further tests be done to determine if further milling is necessary to achieve the much desired consistency.

Hand Filling - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Hand Filling - Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series – All tubes are still hand filled using a gravity feed system.

Crimping the tubes of Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

Crimping the tubes of Richeson Oils - The Shiva Series

After hand filling the Richeson Oils the bottom of each tube is mechanically crimped for a tight seal.

Rex Art has always featured products from The Jack Richeson company because they bring the “Best of the Best” to artists. Some other brands that are offered by Richeson are the Unison Pastels, Best Easels, Best Stretcher Bars, Quiller Watercolors and Acrylics, Richeson Watercolor papers along with many other well respected products. I am sure that the Richeson Oils will add to the legacy of the best of the best products presented to our customers from Richeson.

From the Richeson and Rex Art families, we are proud and excited to be able to offer the first taste of the rebirth of the Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series to our customers. From now until August 1, 2009 we are taking advance orders for delivery in early August. All customers that pre-order from now before August 1 will also receive an additional 10% savings coupon, which is a great way to save even more off our already excellent prices! Get your order in now to reserve your favorite colors. I am sure you will not be disappointed. We would also love to hear from you regarding your feedback on the Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series. Please post your comments here or a review on the page.

Coupon Code:1245716924 – Good till August 1, 2009
Extra 10% Pre – Order Special for Richeson Oils – The Shiva Series

Rex Art – Save 64% on St. Petersburg Watercolors!

Save up to 64% on St. Petersburg Watercolors from Rex!

Save up to 64% on St. Petersburg Watercolors from Rex!

This is an unbelievable opportunity to get the  St. Petersburg tube professional watercolors at amazing 64% off!  Rex Art has partnered with the manufacturer, Jack Richeson, to offer this amazing special exclusively to our customers.  Keep in mind this is an artist quality watercolor, but at the prices we are selling them at they are less than most student level brands!  Also, consider the fact that these are 18ml tubes, which are quite a bit larger than the normal 5 or 8ml tubes, and even bigger than the larger 15ml tubes.  When you consider the size and discount that we are offering them at they are really worth stocking up on.  If you have never tried them put in an order for them, and give them a try!  I am pretty sure you will be back for more once you do!

This is a closeout promotion, and supplies will only be available while stock remains.  We cannot offer backorders, and once colors are gone we will not be able to offer them again at the same price.  In addition, to celebrate our 14 years of on-line business if you order $100 or more of the St. Petersburg tube professional watercolors you will receive free standard shipping, and an extra 10% off! That is a savings of up to 64%! Deals like this do no happen often so please take advantage of this promotion while you can. Colors will be removed from our site as stock is depleted. To take advantage of the additional 10% off coupon please add this coupon to your cart or enter the number below and you must order $100 or more of the St. Petersburg professional watercolors.
Coupon Number: 1244662159
14th Anniversary Special – Additional 10% Off St. Petersburg Watercolors

New Product Highlight – Jack Richeson Rheotec Acrylics and Pastels

We’ve added some great new items this week!

Rheotec Acrylics 250ml

Rheotec Acrylics 250ml

Rheotec Acrylics

Rheotech Acrylics offer a fantastic balance of value and quality for beginners and art students. The full palette of 33 vibrant colors provides teachers and students with the necessary tools for color theory and mixing.

Rheotech Acrylics have a creamy, workable consistency while maintaining the ability to hold texture. They are formulated to provide a variety of diverse effects ranging from thin washes to heavy impasto. Rheotech acrylic colors maintain a consistent viscosity and finish throughout the line. The creamy, smooth flow of the paint will sustain knife and brush marks, while continuing to maintain a uniform paint film and rich color in a thinned state.

Rheotech Acrylics dry to a flexible, water-resistant film, which makes them suitable for application on a variety of surfaces, such as paper, wood, clay, plaster, and more. However, application on oily or greasy surfaces is not recommended.

Rheotech Acrylics are non-toxic and virtually scent free making them the ideal choice for both the studio and classroom.

Jack Richeson Pastels

We’ve added three lines of Jack Richeson pastels that we KNOW you love! The handmade round pastels are so velvety, you won’t want to put them down. A great complement to the handmade pastels, are Richeson’s round pastels. And the semi-hard square pastels round out the selection. They are great for laydown and can be sharpened to a point. All of the lines come in sets up to 120 colors. The handmade and round pastel sets all come in beautiful wooden boxes, making them ideal gifts. The 72 & 120 sets of the square pastels also come in wooden boxes and the smaller sets come in convenient paper boxes, making them easy and quick to grab for drawing on the go.

Richeson Handmade Pastels

Richeson Handmade Pastels

Richeson Round Soft Pastels

Richeson Round Soft Pastels

Richeson Square Pastels

Richeson Square Pastels

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!