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11/17/2005: "Goody goody goody!"

I came home tonight to find my last order from Dick Blick's had arrived. They're having a big sale on Amersand Gessoboard and their contemporary wood gallery frames (%50 off) so I've been stocking up. Plus, I ordered much smaller sized panels than I normally use, 6x6, 8x10 etc. I have a whole stack of them. I'm going to try and work on a series of smaller paintings and see how I like it.

Oh, I also got a Chromalux full-spectrum light and stand for my studio. I'm hoping to kill 2 birds with one stone (I've never realized how terrible that expression is) anyway, more natural lighting to paint in AND fight SAD at the same time.

Now I'm getting ready to place another big order for Gamblin Artist colors. I love the actual color charts on the info page for their Artist Grade Oil Colors. It gives you a much better idea of what they'll actually look like than those horrible computer generated colors.

Anyway, I justify this spending splurge on the fact that it's almost the end of the year and anything I buy now I can deduct on my 2005 taxes.
I guess the nieces and nephews will be getting home made gifts this year!

Or wait, or how about this, in PhotoShop I'll make up nice cards saying that a donation has been made on their behalf to the SAIJ foundation...and inside is a picture of me standing in front of my new art supplies with my pockets turned inside out, shrugging my shoulders and above me it says "Thanks for your generous contribution to the Struggling Artist in Juneau foundation"...I'm an evil genius!

Replies: 4 Comments

on Friday, November 18th, holly said

Hey-- that info page for the colors is terrific! I have a fascination with the historical methods of making pigment and I like to throw some of that into my teaching-- this is a perfect little resource.
Cobalt blue is gorgeous...sheesh...

on Friday, November 18th, Elise said

I know, I've spent hours on that site reading up on stuff I should probably already know. Better late than never.

on Saturday, November 19th, RR said

I love the lamp and the Gamblin site is fascinating.

on Saturday, November 19th, Elise said

The lamp is really great, if you can get something similar where you live you should. It helps soooo much to be able to see the colors properly. When I woke up this morning I didn't look at my paintings and go "who the hell painted this crap?"...they actually looked the same as I remembered them.