New art supplies
So last night I was laying in bed after watching a video of abstract artist Doreen McNeill, it was part of Graeme Stevenson’s ‘Colour in Your Life’ video series. Which if you’re into seeing different artists and the way they work, is highly interesting – okay FASCINATING. Plus, Graeme is so cool. I happen to really enjoy Doreen McNeill’s work and the video presentation was just fantastic. She is 80, a YOUNG 80, her work is so vibrant, just so beautiful and amazing. She makes it look so easy, but you know, there are years of color mastering in her technique! You can check out her site here, if you’re interested. In one part of the video she was using water soluble crayons, this part really appealed to me because I like to work with h20 pencils and such, but she used these right in the paint and could blend them – instead of putting on a ‘pastel ground’! I loved the quick interaction of the 2 mediums, nothing to disturb the creative mojo flow! Yippee – new art supplies
But I digress
So, as I was saying – I was laying there in bed and thought; wow I really do need to get some of those color sticks! I have a hard time calling them crayons damnit, it reminds me of kindergarten! Anyway, for giggles I picked up my phone and looked up ‘water soluble crayons’ on Dick Blick, then I compared it to Amazon and for less than a dollar more I could get it delivered with our Amazon prime (how did we ever live without it?!). I decided on the Lyra Aquacolor sticks – based on the great reviews. I shop at Blick’s a lot, this was just one of those times that I wanted supplies in a hurry and since I just placed an order with Blick last week I didn’t want to have to pay shipping AGAIN…
Anyway, I was so surprised to get a package (actually 2) today – the Lyra Water Soluble Crayons came in TODAY, that’s amazing!
But wait, there’s more..
Another package came today – it was the Dick Blick order from last week! BONUS!
Normally I get Fredrix brand stretched canvas, but last week I had to order more insert pages for a presentation case and saw that they had a great sale on their in-house canvases. When I say great, I do mean great! I haven’t painted on them yet, so I can’t speak for the texture/feel, though they are 10oz primed, the edges are square (mitered) and they seem taut (nothing a little water on the back won’t fix if they were loose) and apparently these are hand splined. The reviews are positive – these get 4.5 stars, check them out here if you want.
Anyway, anyone else have experience with these canvases or the Lyra Aquacolors? What do you think of them? I could post an update once I’ve been using them a bit, if anyone is interested.
Bye for now – Paint on!