Wa ha ha ha…. this is me, with gleeful loot after visiting the French Art Shop on my trip home to Wgtn last week – I chose to spend the $$ earned from my splendid wren sales on some much needed new paint, brushes, a rather lovely fancy calligraphy pen and some super awesome candy type resin. I can’t help but feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I walk in there!
See, Cos although Melbourne has many pretty good art shops around, non compare to Wellington’s fantastic French Art Shop with its super friendly and knowledgeable staff who always give me a lovely welcome and remember my name, no matter how long I’ve been away.
I’ve also found it super difficult to find my preferred brand of paint over here – you know how it is when you find that perfect match of product (for me its Le Franc Gouache and Saunders paper). And when you have to use something else it just doesn’t quite give that expected result. Well thats whats happened to me moving over here to Melbs – Lots of places seem to stock Le Franc in oils, but I’ve only found one store way way away on a tedious long tram ride that also has their Gouache. None of the art stores here are willing to order it in for me, as with my candy resin that I have yet to find stocked anywhere, even after I emailed the suppliers directly!
I have been reduced to using up my dried tubes, ground down to pigment dust and reconstituted with water; Or have had to supplement completely exhausted colours with Windsor and Newton – which are slightly different tints, and sometimes react in unexpected ways drying lighter or separating if mixed with Le Franc. ….I also can’t help but feel that I am sort of cheating on the paint that I love, I know – crazy huh! So I am very happy that the lovely peoples from the French art shop have offered to post paint over to me here in Oz next time I get low… how awesome is that!!!
Here is a link to their site – they are in both Auckland and Wellington…. I just wish they had a store over here too : http://www.thefrenchartshop.co.nz/