Suzi (k00kaburra) wrote,

Art supplies are an addiction.

The curse of returning home after a trip to a major art institution is that I find myself wanting to create my own work. But then, when I go to my art supplies, I don't have whatever it is I'm looking for. This has only gotten worse now that my art supplies are split between two locations - half still reside at my parent's house, while that which I need for my current art classes hang out at my main house - and what I want is always at the other house.

Paint colors are the worst. I'll think to myself, "I need burnt sienna. I have burnt sienna. No worries!" Then I'll start looking and realize that I have burnt sienna in watercolor and in acrylic, but I don't have it in oil, the medium I'm currently working with. Or I'll realize that while I have five different shades of blue, none of them is quite what I'm looking for - something will be off, like I'll mix to the correct color, but it'll be the wrong transparency.

Then there's the incredible temptation to buy something new. I've already got a set of chalk pastels, so I shouldn't need to buy anymore. But I've used up of just one or two colors, and while I could buy replacements I've always wanted to try XX brand so maybe I should just buy one of their trial sets and see how it feels. But then I'll have two half-used sets of pastels instead of finishing up the ones I've got. So I should just get the individual colors I'm missing. But how often do I pastel anyway? I shouldn't spend the money.

So I pop online to Blick and drool for a while, and suddenly hours have flown by and all I've done is scatter supplies all over the floor. Little has actually been made.

My poor husband. I don't know how he puts up with all of it.
Tags: art, artist's block, shopping

  • A special silhouette event!

    Today was a little different from the normal routine at the bookstore. An artist named Karl Johnson came to the store to cut silhouette portraits for…

  • Alternative Press Expo 2015

    Alternative Press Expo returned to San Jose this weekend after Comic Con International passed management of the convention back to Dan Vado, owner of…

  • Seanie Cartoon: Listening Wives

    Over the weekend, as we were walking from Wondercon at the Anaheim Convention Center to the Trader Sam's Tiki Bar over at the Disneyland Resort,…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.