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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.


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.


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.


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 Gift Sets | Everything you need for a Great Gift this Holiday Season!

Holiday Spotlight at Rex - Rex Art Gift Sets!

Holiday Spotlight at Rex - Rex Art Gift Sets!

The Rex Art Gift Sets are back and better than ever for the 2010 Holiday Season!  At Rex Art we know that giving an art supply gift can be a daunting task.  What brushes should I get?   I need an easel, if so, which one is good?  What type of paper should I get for drawing?  How many and what type of paint should be used?  What airbrush is best to start with? These questions and many others are the typical questions we get every Holiday Season from the average person that wants to give a great artistic, and creative gift, but they do not know what to get or even where to begin. First, we understand, and we are here to help you give a fantastic gift in almost any media whether it is oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, etc. Without further delay check out our Rex Art Gift Sets – Problem solved!

The Rex Art Oil Painting Gift Set - Everything you need to give a fantastic gift!

The Rex Art Oil Painting Gift Set - Everything you need to give a fantastic gift!

All of our Rex Art Gift Sets are custom assembled here at Rex Art. We only use the best products hand selected from our massive inventory of creative products. These sets are superior because we choose the components individually, and we only include the best of the best of our products in each media, which meet our strict criteria of quality, functionality, and value!

The Rex Art Drawing Gift Set - Everything you need to give a fantastic gift!

The Rex Art Drawing Gift Set - Everything you need to give a fantastic gift!

You are going be as thrilled to give our Rex Art Gift Sets as much as the person will be to receive them.

If you have any questions please do not forget we are always a phone call, 800-REX(739)-ART2(2782), or email away. There are no stupid questions and we are always happy to help you solve your artistic gift giving dilemmas.

As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support. From our family to yours, we wish you a joyous, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Rex Art Promotion – Buy 6 Tubes of Golden HB get a free White!

Buy 6 Tubes of HB Golden Acrylics and Get a FREE 5oz. HB Titanium White from Rex!

Buy 6 Tubes of HB Golden Acrylics and Get a FREE 5oz. HB Titanium White from Rex!

Right now when you purchase any 6 tubes of Golden Heavy Body Acrylics you will receive a free tube of 5oz. Golden Heavy Body Titanium White. That is an additional savings of $14.45 for your order! Everyone can always use some more white! Plus, do not forget that orders over $100 ship for free*! Even more savings from Rex!

Rex Art Offers Free Shipping for Orders over $100!

Rex Art Offers Free Shipping for Orders over $100!

This special is good while supplies last, and there is a limit of one tube per customer. Don’t miss this opportunity for additional savings! Please add this coupon to your cart to receive the free tube of 5oz. Golden Heavy Body Titanium White. You can also enter the coupon code, or click the coupon link as listed below.

Coupon Code: 1249676883

Free 5oz. Golden Heavy Body Titanium White with the Purchase of 6 Tubes of Golden HB Acrylics.

Rex Art is giving an Extra 10% Coupon for Mameri Polycolor Acrylics

Ever used or heard of Maimeri Polycolor Acrylic? Most of our customers have never tried them, but usually when they do they are really impressed with the quality, look and feel of Polycolor.

Polycolor Acrylics from Maimeri

Polycolor Acrylics from Maimeri

Maimeri is one of the few family owned and operated art supply manufacturers left in existence. Their family and company is based in Italy, and has produced a full line of artistic supplies since 1923. If you are interested there is some interesting background information on them here:

Maimeri Story

Specifically, Polycolor acrylics have a unique matte, velvety appearance, and the full range of colors dries with these characteristics. The look of the colors almost have a gouache type appearance, but with the benefits and qualities of a traditional acrylic. The colors in the range were also selected for their high lightfast rating, which makes them a popular choice for professional applications or outdoor murals. Recently, one of our customers posted the following review of Maimeri Polycolors:

I am a muralist; 10 years ago a wonderful sales consultant at Rex Art highly suggested that I try this product. It changed my life, truly! It’s a fantastic paint that holds up to sun and even waterpark chemicals. The first mural I painted with this product was in a very wet waterpark with inadequate ventilation. It’s still there, in it’s original state. The bright brilliant colors are remarkable. And, it’s affordable enough to help me stay under budget. THANK YOU, Rex Art for recommending this product.

Right now through June 1, 2009 we are offering an additional 10% off coupon. Whether you have never tried them or are intrigued now is a great time to give them a try! Please let us know what you think about them by posting your comments here.