Fresh batch of Art Supplies-ez

There is nothing quite like receiving an order of fresh art supplies.  I remember when my daughter was young, she would pluralize pluralized words such as school supplies-ez.  Whenever I reference the word in this type of context, my memory takes me back to a young Jenn, who with all the enthusiasm she could possible muster, would begin to insist in early  July that we must, absolutely must venture out to the stores to start to purchase her schools supplies-ez. She would then touch each item as if there were magic.  Or somehow loved her back. IMG_4267

I get it. I love my art supplies-ez. I just recently received an order of Ampersand Claybord, Aquabord and Pastelbord in various smaller sizes that I would normally use.  I am now dreaming of all the possibilities in front of me.  What colors I will use and which texture for which subject.  It is a lot more than I can bear. And Oh, now I can use my beautiful Prismacolors on the pastelbord!  So excited!

And then there is the new, fresh tubes of paint.  Replacement colors, except for the luscious red I could not live without.  There is something delicious about red paint. About finding that tube of pure red, no pink, no blue, pure red! And it is EXPENSIVE!  Such a treat!  As I lovingly held my precious new tubes of color, placing them gently in my storage containers that I  sort by color for easy snatch and grab, I noticed I now have three tubes of  RED????  you got it - I have a few!

Note to self.  Check your stock before you get pulled in by all the delicious colors available on-line!

Stick to your list Helen!

Brushed Off?

There are so many things I love about getting new painting supplies.  For example, I love the relationship I have with my brushes.  When I am selecting a new brush, I “paint” my cheek with it before I make a purchasing decision.  Then I showcase any new brush in a special container on my  painting table.  When I finally reach for it, it is almost a ceremony - definitely a ritual. Most recently, I've  had a whole new brush experience!  This year my daughters were shopping on-line for Christmas and had the gifts shipped to the house.  Hmmmm.  Not too shabby.  And quite easy!

Then one evening when I was catching up on reading  blogs that I follow, one artist was talking about a special acrylic pallet she always uses in the field.  Well, I never heard of this type of pallet before and so with help of  my trusty fiend Google - I found it.  On Amazon! And well, they had note at the bottom of the screen that said people who purchased this also purchased these….brushes.  A perfect set of five Kolinsly sable watercolor brushes in a storage case and at an irresistible price.  And they also had a set of teeny tiny detail brushes!  Well how in the world could I not purchase both sets of brushes?

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And so I ordered them on-line.  Without even the opportunity to rub them against the back of my hand or my cheek. What was I thinking?  Oh yes, I was swayed by the incredible deal.  And oh the money I'd save!

I ordered them proudly and then impatiently tracked their shipping.  Only to see they got misplaced somewhere along the journey.  My patience was waning with each day they were delayed, I started thinking that it is only a deal if you actually get the foolish brushes and the charge was already showing on my credit card.

Finally they showed up after Christmas (phew) and I am the proud owner of some lovely new brushes.  The teeny tiny detail brushes came in just in time for me to play with the ducky paintings (already gave up on that idea).  And the watercolor brushes, well will become part of my ever faithful collection.  Did I mention I love them - thank goodness!