There’s something special about walking into a physical art store and walking out with a tube or stick of potential. That’s how I view the endless rows of colourful tubes of paint: potential works of art. more than that, they’re a vehicle to get me to that ever elusive ‘better painting’ that I’m constantly striving for. And while there’s inevitable disappointment (bucketloads of it sometimes), I can never seem to be able to bring myself to blame my materials. To me, they’re almost sentient, and they’ve tried their best.
I suffer from PAS (Paint Acquisition Syndrome), but I don’t hoard them. eventually, my materials do come into play. It’s just that my need to try every medium under the sun means that the rotation doesn’t occur often enough. And even knowing this, I’m almost physically unable to walk into a nice art store and walk out empty handed.
This brings us neatly to my trip to Europe. If you’d asked me before my flight what I was looking forward to the most, I would have unashamedly and unreservedly replied, “the galleries, and the art stores”. Well, they did live up to expectations!
Now, I’m not so far gone that I’d pay a premium on materials I can get back home or online. I had a clear plan as to what I wanted, and it basically boiled down to items that either didn’t exist at my usual stores, or were too crazy expensive for me to buy outside their home range. I wanted to try Charvin oils & Sennelier gouache from France, and A. Gallo waterpaints & Zecchi pigments from Florence.
The UK stuff? Ok, I have to admit, those were the results of itchy fingers in an absolutely beautiful art store in London. There was no way I was walking out of there empty handed: just look at it!
My plans for some of the materials purchased are as follows:
– Charvin oils: a studio trial and then they’ll likely be set aside for my pochade box because they’re small and portable
– Sennelier gouache: a studio trial and then they’ll be incorporated in my rotation of gouache paint
– A. Gallo waterpaint: a Youtube review video
– Zecchi pigment: egg tempera and making my own watercolours.
I’m very excited about this last one! I’ve been wanting to try egg tempera for a while, but I’ve mainly been holding up because I need to properly gesso my surfaces and…I don’t have the right gesso. I likely won’t get my hands true gesso for a few weeks yet, but as soon as I do…oh boy, new medium time!
As for the ‘creating my own paint’ thing, well…it was inevitable I’d want to try. My most memorable university classes involved chemistry lab and mixing liquids and powders together, and this is no different. The goal is to find my own recipes and processes for creating waterpaint and then, if they’re interesting, I may make some available to those who would want to try them.
So, these are the new additions to the studio. Have any questions about any of them? drop me a line in the comments below~