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November 26, 2012

What Are The Odds?

$hi# always happen to me. I can see it coming a mile away. In San Francisco, I order a drink at the hotel bar. The bartender tells me they just ran out one second ago and have to go to the basement to get my Jamesons. OK I'll wait 15 minutes. When I order at a restaurant, the waiter brings everyone their food. I can see by the look in his eyes, he's forgotten to put in my order. My food arrives 45 minutes later. I've been selling my old DVDs online at a site called Glyde. When you sell one, they send you an envelope. You just place the DVD that got bought into the envelope and send. Stamps included. Real easy. It's just that my envelopes never show up. I'm always sending e-mails for help. I'm lost in the system somewhere. Why always me? My elaborate watercolor paintings are all done on 10 X 14 inch Canson cold press watercolor blocks. I've grown very fond of the size. I recently found out they just discontinued making them in that size. "You have to be kidding me." I can't get them in any art store or anywhere online for that matter. They just don't exist in the world anymore. I'm doomed. There are other kinds of blocks but the paper has too much texture and it's hard to draw on them. I tried smaller ones but the size is just not right and bigger sizes are just too big. I can't make enough detail to satisfy my drawing style. This is a big problem for me. I may have to retire. This was my last piece of paper I had left. I did this in London during Hurricane Sandy. Why me? Why me? Why me? Maybe it's the sign taped to my back, that reads, kick me.

15 comments :

pikac2 said...

:-)

Kiki Thaerigen said...

How about these at currys.com?

kane said...

Thank you Kiki, but those are watercolor pads. The paper buckles when you are painting on them. Watercolor blocks have all the pages glued together which forms a block. IT's like a little block of wood. When you paint on the paper it remains perfectly smooth. No buckling. Then you cut around the glue and remove the page when it's all dried. they are amazing to use if you have never tried one before.

Teoh Yi Chie said...

Winsor Newton Cotman Watercolour cold press paper is quite smooth too. You can try them.

kane said...

I'll give it a try Tech. I read on their website that it says these are cheap paper. Makes me a little nervous.

petescully said...

Oh that's too bad Tommy. I hate it when that stuff happens, especially with art supplies you've grown accustomed to, and you're right, going bigger/smaller/different paper can be sobering. The worst bit is if you manage to find a stock, you might resist using it, like Elaine in Seinfeld, it might not be 'spongeworthy'. Here's to hoping they start making them again.
Lovely drawing by the way, as always, though how you managed to spend so much time drawing at Piccadilly Circus I don't know, I tried it once but my head nearly exploded...

Teoh Yi Chie said...

10 by 14 inches in a common size for other brands. I'm sure you'll be able to find them easily.

Debo Boddiford said...
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Debo Boddiford said...

Tommy…
After reading your story…I was reminded of the children’s book: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Check it out on Amazon.


I think Canson recently bought Arches…they seem to be redoing the two brands. It appears Canson is either offering an inexpensive student paper, or the pricey Arches paper…nothing in a middle range that replaces what you were using.

I like Kilimanjaro paper, sold only at Cheap Joes’s:
http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/KMB11014_37330_kilimanjaro-original-lb-watercolor-block-x.asp

Order before midnight tonight and you get $1 shipping (use promo code CYBA)
http://www.cheapjoes.com/

I like these blocks, but do not see the 10x14:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-artistico-extra-white-watercolor-block/

Not sure that my links are going through...guess you can cut and paste.

Hope this helps...Please do not retire!

Beth said...

You and Jose Lourdo ( see recent post) ought to band together and start some sort of worldwide movement demanding sketchbook quality for all USKers.......looks like to will have a lot of members! Good luck on your quest and thanks for a good laugh and, last but not least a wonderful sketch to commemorate your favorite wc block.

Diminished Sanity said...

I use a Strathmore 11 x 15 watercolor block which is only slightly bigger, but I know the feeling. I can never find the 400 series Bristol I like for pencil work. The Strathmore may be a little rough though.

kane said...

THe ones I'm finding are too rough. That is the issue. Ouch.

The Artist In Me said...

Wow! So sorry to hear all of this. I know what it feels like to have a medium that you work with and just can't find it anymore...it sucks! Here's hoping that you find paper or blocks that you can work with!

VHein said...

What a joyous drawing to accompany a sad and all too familiar story! I personally love Sennelier hot press wc blocks (though don't think I've seen 10x14) as well as Arches hot press blocks (I use their 10 x 14)...

Asuka Kagawa said...

Tommy
The following is a little smaller than what you are looking for but has a "fine tooth".

It's the AS (Artist Spectrum) Draw & Wash Pad - Fine Tooth - 230x320mm (9" x 12.6") at 210gsm. The ratio of W to L is similar.

I think the one that you are looking for is the Fine and not the Textured. The watercolour tends to "sit" on the paper for a little while so it's great for blending.

The price point is quite good as well - A$14 to A$16 for 40 sheets.

http://www.artmaterials.com.au/?cPath=37_288_2289_2291&osCsid=0ebf221cb87074d1119ddfc870059dd9

http://artshedbrisbane.com.au/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=301&product_id=1315&Itemid=8

Thanks
Asuka