EEEEK!


When playing Mario with my four-year-old nephew Asher, I kept saying “EEEK!”  Asher thought it was funny and asked me why I kept saying it.  I told him it’s what I say when I’m scared or excited.  Since I’m horrible at Mario, it was mostly because I was scared and kept dying.  I had to laugh when I heard Asher reluctantly testing it out a couple of times.  Every once in a while I would hear a very soft spoken “eek.”  Well you can imagine the sheer volume of “EEEEEK!” reverberating in my heart when I stepped out into the crisp autumn air to discover two much anticipated boxes.  My Dick Blick order has arrived!  As I was painting last week, I discovered that some of my paint tubes were rapidly diminishing.  I have also needed more stretcher bars for a while.  I knew I couldn’t put off my order for much longer, so I bit the bullet.

I’ve decided to give you a list of what I got and the pricing so you can see what my average order looks like.

  • Titanium White Alkyd Paint 37ml (3 tubes x $4.77=$14.31)
  • Raw Umber Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($4.77)
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($7.02)
  • Ivory Black Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($4.77)
  • Cerulean Blue Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($7.02)
  • Cadmium Red Light Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($7.02)
  • Burnt Sienna Alkyd Paint 37ml tube ($4.77)
  • Titanium White Acrylic Paint 200ml ($5.25)
  • Ivory Black Acrylic Paint 200ml ($5.25)
  • Grey Matters Disposable Paint Palette ($3.99)
  • 16″ Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars ($2.83 x 6=$16.98)
  • 20″ Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars ($3.40 x 6=$20.40)
With shipping the cost came out to a little over a hundred dollars.
I always tell people that I paint with oil paint, but I actually use Alkyds.  Alkyds are just fast drying oil paints.  They are a bit less traditional than standard oil paints, but I love that they can dry within a day.  Standard oil paints can takes months to properly dry.
With these supplies I’ll be able to stretch three 16″ x 20″ canvases.  The Acrylic paints will be used for the under paintings and will last at least a few months.  The Alkyds should also last at least three months depending on the size of the paintings and the colors that I work with.  Soon, I’ll be revealing my plan for my next painting.  AND what October would be complete without pumpkin carving?  I hope to post on that within the next two weeks, so stay tuned!
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About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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4 Responses to EEEEK!

  1. Carolyn Martin says:

    very exciting to get new supplies! I hoped you would do another pumpkin this year~ I loved last years Edgar Allen poe-mpkin 🙂

  2. Holly Niphakis says:

    I was sure, with the title EEEEK that you’d found a rat or mouse sitting on your easel munching on a canvas or paint brush or chunk of paint. Hurry Pumpkin.

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