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Rose Queen
07-07-2001, 04:13 PM
:clap: I was just at Swain's in Glendale and they had three-packs of 300lb. Arches Bright White, cold press, 22 x 30" for $24.95. 160 lb. was on sale, too ($17.95, I think). Swain's is at 537-C North Glendale Avenue, immediately south of the Ventura (134) freeway.

These packs looked like they came from the manufacturer that way, so even if you don't live in So. Calif., you might want to check out your favorite art supply store to see if they've got a similar deal.



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Rod
07-08-2001, 06:35 AM
Wish we had bargains like that in New Zealand :)
Rod.

YvonneN
07-09-2001, 11:25 PM
:D You must be close to me...I shop at Swains too! Yvonne

Rose Queen
07-10-2001, 12:27 AM
Rod, I know what you mean. If memory serves, most things in New Zealand cost the earth. On the other hand, it's one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, so I guess that's the trade-off, eh? Anyway, check your local art store because, as I said, this packet looked like it was manufacturer-made, so the deal might be available anyplace Arches is sold.

And, yes, Yvonne, you're just right up the 210 from me!



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Faafil
07-10-2001, 03:32 AM
Hi Rose,

Thanks for the info - and Wow, and I was through Glendale on Saturday - wish I'd known about Swain's. I ended up working over the weekend, so didn't make any purchases until today after work at Pearl's in Huntington Beach. I didn't want to wait any longer, so made the bare minimum purchase - 3 Winsor & Newton Cirrus brushes (40% off), a 14x10 block of 140lb paper - 15 sheets (dang! I thought I bought Arches - it's W&N - back to the store tomorrow to exchange), 6 tubes of W & N paint, small plastic palette. Grand Total $109.19. Oh, and a free porcelain palette from W&N if you spend over $45 on watercolors. I priced Arches 300lb rough 22x30 - $11.25. (I'll wait on that one)... :)

Now, all I have to do is get started !!

Rose Queen
07-10-2001, 11:49 AM
Faafil, Winsor & Newton paper is just fine, too, so if it's a bit cheaper, just stick with it and get on down to painting!

In the meantime, get on Swain's mailing list because they have a serious blow-out sale once a year that is not to be missed.



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VictoriaS
07-10-2001, 12:21 PM
Faafil:

I thought of you over the weekend. Glad to see you got your stuff. Winsor & Newton Cirrus brushes are a good mid-price-range kolinsky; I have a couple and use them all the time. What size brushes did you get, and what colors of paints? I expect that by next weekend you'll be heading back to the art supply store and getting twenty more colors.

Victoria

Faafil
07-10-2001, 07:13 PM
Hi Victoria and Rose,

Thanks for thinking of me... I bought a #8 round, 1/2" flat, and a rigger brush. Is that a good start ? What else do you suggest ? Paint, I bought the large Madder Rose, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Yellow, (should have bought Cad Yellow I think, but couldn't remember the name at the time - I even looked at it, and it looked too orangey), sm. Hooker's Green, and burnt Umber and burnt Sienna (I think - I'm at work and shouldn't even be on the 'net' right now... (:

And, I'll definitely get on that mailing list...

Have a splendid afternoon !

VictoriaS
07-10-2001, 07:46 PM
I'm at work too, Faafil -- but I never let that stop me!

Excellent choice of brushes. You got just what I would have suggested, and that's all you need for now. Maybe get a sea sponge for larger washes.

You pretty much will need a cool and a warm shade of all three primaries. So you need a warmer (oranger) red (cadmium red is all I can think of, but you might do better with a more transparent warm red) and a cooler (greener) yellow (like lemon or aureolin) (at least, I think Winsor yellow is a warm yellow??). Cobalt is a pretty good all-purpose blue. A lot of people like French ultramarine (redder); I like cerulean and indigo (greener).

I love Dr. Seuss's art. What an imagination that guy had.

I almost forgot to mention: In case you didn't know, Orange County's PBS station (KOCE) has two watercolor shows. Susan Scheewe (I think she's on Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) and Terry Madden (Wednesdays, I think, at those same times). I kind of enjoy Scheewe. Don't care much for Madden, but you might pick up some pointers if you can bear him.