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I prayed today that I would have a productive day. I didn’t realize

>what it meant.

It was 4 a.m. and a call came in from “Private Caller” so of course I didn’t answer, but I never went back to sleep.  So after glancing through Stephen Quiller’s Water Media Painting book,  I sunk back into the pillows and tried my hand at meditating after finally finishing and being extraordinarily moved by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love.  After a battle with “Monkey Mind,” I gave up in exasperation, but sent up one request to the vast universe before I did.

Let me have a productive day” I urged, thinking of the laundry list of things I had on my plate on this seemingly regular Friday morning such as finish Whitehall consulting work for one client,  meet my fellow painters at Jerry’s to purchase some needed supplies and drop off materials for the swag bags going to the first 20 customers at next week’s PAW Fundraiser.  Oh, and complete the commission painting for my eye doctor.  His staff got me to do an eight canvas eye to present him as a gift and it’s due next Friday.  It’s nearly done and only needs finishing touches.  And looks fab, if I may say so myself.  So, when I sent up that request, I had this kinda stuff in mind.

Not having to call my ex-husband, a jail, a college Dean and others:  A loved one has gotten into a serious jam and I’m not sure what it will mean down the road, but it could be a long, hard journey for this person.  He’s been doing beautifully since I made a stance earlier this year, and comments from those who work with him say he’s a really wonderful person.  I hope this slip up was a minor blip on the radar, but am fearful it could be more. 

I hope and pray that my loved one clings to something positive and moves past this to find and fulfill his potential.  Keep us in your prayers.  I gotta go.  There’s work to be done…

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School’s starting & great art supply sales abound

I’ve been getting a pile of sale flyers in my inbox lately, and my debit card is burning a hole in my pocket.  I rationalize that at least the purchase of art supplies isn’t like some conspicuous spending that would be really gauche in this day and age.  I mean, after all, we’re buying this as the raw materials to create product for sale (hopefully), thus fueling the economy, right? A stretch, yeah, I know.  Still, here’s the lowdown on good sales going on right now on art supplies through major retailers I know of, either mail order or local to Nashville (and scores of other cities nationwide).

Dick Blick Right now they’ve got Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board, Golden Heavy Body Acrylics, Prismacolor Pencils,   Alphacolor Soft Pastels and Unisom Gator Foam Pastel Surfaces, Winsor & Newton Oils, and Charcoal pencils on sale at discounts of 13-54% off.

Cheap Joe’s:  Use promo code CJ45 to get 4.95 shipping through 8/22, click this link to save up to 60% on select items in their fall sale event on items including Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Golden Artists Acrylics (and I think I’ll be picking up this great deal on Golden Open Acrylics, to test them out. 

For those local to Nashville, Jerry’s Artarama Nashville has restocked it’s canvas offerings and has a deal on Winsor & Newton, The Edge, and Creative Mark Canvas. A boatload of other items are on sale, too, and the . These other sale items include Matisse Dervan Acrylics (LOVE THOSE AUSSIE COLORS!) Lukas Oils, Daler Rowney Oils and Gesso, Soho Urban Acrylics and Oils, Silver and Pro Stroke Brushes, Painter’s Edge Pallet Knives, Strathmore 300 Series Bristol and Watercolor Pads and Canson Pads as well. Foamboard is at fantastic prices too for both the large size and smaller sizes from 8 x 10 all the way up to 32 x 40 and some portfolios and ArtPort cases are on sale too.  This link from Jerry’s national lists even more stuff on sale.

A little off track, but for Nashvillians, but through Jerry’s, I learned of an event to be held at Hickory Hollow Mall tomorrow starting at 6 p.m. entitled “Exposed!”  Not much info to be discovered on this but I suspect it relates to the newly opened art gallery in the mall.  The flyer notes Gallery opening at 6 p.m. with performances starting at 7, featuring new and seasoned talent, a guest DJ and a guest performance.

Back to shopping and definitely not to be outdone,  Plaza Artist Materials is having a fall sale too.  They list
Paints, and related materials, brushes, canvas, drawing supplies, paper, and furniture on sale with savings of up to 70%.  Like Jerry’s, being able to go to the store and talk to their well-trained and knowledgeable staff is very helpful and they, too offer web-based sales.  With 12 stores, located DC, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, there might be one near you.

Even Michaels, the Arts & Crafts retailer, is getting into things with value canvas multi-packs, Strathmore 400 series pads, Liquitex Basics Paints and storage accessories on sale now. 

In case I’ve missed anything, feel free to add in the comment section below.  It doesn’t require blood or promise of money or any other committment, so feel free to post a comment.  To those who have/ do, thanks!    

Added 9:33 AM CST per comment of earlier and more info:  

Mea Culpa, Utrecht Art Supplies  has a great sale going on there now too, and double down by deducting 20% off the total too! (Plus free shipping on $100 orders or greater).

And Mea Culpa to  ASWeXpress too!  A 3 day deal which ends Aug. 21 (enter code B8W4) for 15% off your total plus free shipping on orders of over $99,  Golden Artist Acrylics at up to 40% off til Sept. 30, and finally, select brushes, including Silver Brush, Winsor & Newton, Raphael, Robert Simmons and Isabey up to 67% off until 11:59 P.M. EST TONIGHT.   So, if you get in and purchase by midnight tonight you get a great brush deal, 15% off all, free shipping if you get with friends and bundle an order, and are, uhm, pardon the pun, Golden too!

Happy buying, happy creating, just be happy

Added 12:58 PM CST per comment of earlier and more info: 
Clarification on the Utrecht deals:  Ends tonight at midnight: Save 20% Off Your entire purchase!* (Use Keycode BTS20E)… Need one more thing to round out your studio? Save 40% Off any one non-sale item!** (use Keycode BTS40). But a weekend deal offers  Free Ground Shipping and extends the 20% off with limits as per an offer I received in today:  Utrecht is fully stocked for Back to School and the more you buy, the more you’ll save! Take 10% Off Your entire purchase, no minimum purchase required!* (Use Keycode WKND10E)… Spend $100 or more and Save 20% Off Your entire purchase plus Free Ground Shipping!** (use Keycode WKND20E). Click here for details.