It’s always a thrill to open my mailbox and find that the Daniel Smith art supply catalogue has been delivered. I pour over the pages, red Sharpie in hand, circling what will surely be the next great treasure in my art supply collection.
I get a genuine high just walking down the aisles of Sam Flax, perusing the pencils, paints, and papers. The open stock pencil wall is like a colorful candy bin I can’t resist dipping into, and I want to sample it all. Graphite, graphitone, graphitint, colored pencils, watercolor pencils–I long to try every color, every style, every brand. I have so many supplies on my drawing table there’s hardly room to draw.
I am on a never-ending mission to discover the perfect pencil, eraser, and sharpener. A growing collection of disappointments, cast-offs, and relics crowds my closet, but my quest continues.