I have been asked to write a few words describing my favorite art supply or tool. So here I am looking around my studio at all these tools and supplies that I take for granted every day, trying to figure out which is my favorite. Which one of these tools is the one I just can’t do without?
Thinking back to my days at University when I was required to paint with only 3 colors (magenta, cyan, yellow) plus black and white, I don’t want to give up the wealth of Windsor Newton water colors I have now. I love my Burnt Siena, Permanent Rose, Sap Green, and Naples Yellow. This list goes far beyond these beautiful and versatile pigments. So, not giving up the watercolors then.
If I can’t do without my watercolors, then I can’t give up my bouncy little paint brushes that keep their shape and come back to a point when I dip them in my paint cup.
I have been contemplating relinquishing my old Hello Kitty water cup that a friend gave me so many years ago when we went to high school together. This little paint cup started life as a thermos for my lunch box, but it became the perfect traveling paint cup when I started University. With a swinging handle and plastic body, it has been durable, light-weight, and unbreakable. I can not bring myself to throw out my old paint cup.
Hmm… what next? Pencils? Nope, I need those humble and most basic of tools to sketch with. And if I have my pencils, I will need my Panasonic Auto Stop Electric Pencil Sharpener. Nothing drives me crazier then having unsharpened pencils! Of course, dull X-acto blades drive me a little bonkers also.
Ok, I can’t seem to give anything up. They are all my favorites. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a glutton for art supplies. Going into an art supply store is like going into a candy shop… I want it all!