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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 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

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 @ 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!

FREE 5oz tube of Shiva Oil Titanium White from Rex Art

If your favorite professional oil paints are Shiva Signature Oils, consider today your lucky day!

Shiva Signature Oil Paints - Get a FREE Titanium White 5oz Tube

Shiva Signature Oil Paints - Get a FREE Titanium White 5oz Tube



From now through the end of April Rex Art is offering a FREE tube of 5oz. Shiva Titanium White when you purchase six or more tubes of Shiva Oils.

All you have to due to qualify for the promotion is simply purchase six of more tubes of Shiva Signature Oil paints and we will include a free 5oz tube of Shiva Titanium White Oil with your order at no charge. That is an additional savings of $20.95 with your order, and we offer a great every day discount of 41% of Shiva Oils.

If you have never tried Shiva Oil Paints this would be a good time to give this American made brand a try. The color range is quite good, and a very good value for a professional level oil paint.

To receive the free tube please make sure in add the following coupon to your cart:

Free 5oz Shiva Titanium White with the purchase of 6 or more Shiva Oil paint now through April 30th 2009.