New Oil Painting in Our Amazon Store

“This my impression of a view from the side of my house.  We live in the woods and love every minute of it.”  says painter Terry L Zarate of her oil painting simply titled Branches.

This 24 x 36 inch oil painting on canvas, retails for $960.00 (plus shipping), is available for online purchase on Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B008BCVJN6

Branches, oil painting on canvas,24 X 36 inches, Terry L Zarate

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Arches® Oil paper: A new paper for oil painting

Professor and painter Steve Levin introduces Arches® Oil – A new Paper for Oil Painting. Arches® Oil (Arches® Huile) is a high quality paper, with a surface designed for use in oil painting. Unlike other papers, it requires no preliminary preparation. This paper provides the convenience of a fully ready-to-use support for work in oil painting.

Part 3: On Saving Money in the Studio

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My previous two posts, How To Save Money By Making Your Own Paints, and More Tips On Saving Money in the Studio brought such enthusiastic comments from artists on Google + and other social media sites that I decided to write one more–Part 3: On Saving Money in the Studio.

Buy fine art paper in bulk 

Did you know that you can get many fine art papers directly from paper manufacturers at greatly reduced prices? For instance, Thai Unryu paper, (25 x 37 inches) sells for $4.00-6.00 dollars per sheet at this US artist supplier and this artist supplier.  I purchased the same Thai Unryu paper (25 x 37 inches) in packages of ten sheets, and paid about $00.25 cents per sheet purchased directly from paper manufacturer in California. ( I calculated the shipping cost and added it to the amount I paid per sheet for the price I mention above.)

As you can probably guess, that paper manufacturer had other fine art papers including fine drawing papers and print-making paper such as Coventry Rag, as well as digital print papers at low prices. Check their overstock store. Not all papers are available at all times so check back often.

In the book, Living The Art World Dream, Alternative Strategies For Working Artists, written by sculptor Eric Rudd, the author includes a page or two on buying paper in bulk from paper mills. He suggests taking a tour of a paper mill, if one is nearby, as an “eye-opener.” Rudd said that he purchased 1,000 sheets of drawing paper for as little as $100. Since he lives in a large warehouse studio he had space to store large quantities of paper. He also makes the point that artists may be more cautious and less productive when working on paper that they purchased for $1.00-5.00 per sheet. That having so many low-cost sheets of fine art paper in his studio made him much more productive–he did many more drawings!

If you belong to a group of artists, you may be able to jointly divide a large paper purchase. Research paper manufacturers in your region. You may be surprised at how many such companies exist! Not all produce fine art papers but some make acid free papers also used by artists.