Oooo - I had so much fun yesterday! I ordered some material from Opus Art Supplies
on Granville Island and had amazing assistance from Peter. He arranged to have the materials ready and had items set aside for me that were suggestions since some of my requests were sold out or not available.
I needed some new small tipped watercolour brushes as well as some larger Da Vinci brushes that I was waiting for as gifts from family. The gift cards were there, I was waiting for a dry day and an essential shopping day to get out for the curbside pick up.
I got a call back in a matter a a half hour that everything was ready for me.
First, I dropped off my painting at the Federation Gallery for the Works on paper show and had a warm greeting from Tarin Mead who was at the front desk. she encouraged me to do a "safe" walk through of the current show. The paintings looked amazing! Helen Duckworth and Tarin Mead and staff really did a great job of setting up the exhibition. I was drawn to a watercolour on the right side near the entrance and Tarin told me it was James Koll's. He had written about the piece on his website and Facebook page and it displayed so beautifully in the gallery! James is one of the Mid Main artists that I participate with in the annual show.
After a quick goodbye, I headed over to Opus and parked the car to find out that the parking fees have been removed from Granville Island because of the pandemic. I waited in the outside line and was greeted by opus staff who went through the Covid protocols and took names and requests of what we were there for. I was asked if I preferred staying outside receiving the material or if I felt comfortable coming in doors. I decided I felt comfortable going in. Hanging outside while waiting, I noticed large announcements on the old Emily Carr buildings about the plan renewal for Granville Island. It's worth taking a look at!
once approved to make my way into the store, I was asked to hand sanitize and then taken to my material with a list of everything waiting for me. Peter came by and told me about the Hahne Muehle paper that he had chosen for me to try and some alternative suggestions for brushes. It took maybe 15 minutes to go through the process of being rung up at the counter, but I felt like I had been on a "holiday" and felt euphoric with my new supplies!
Peter really gave me some great suggestions on the alternatives for the small brushes I was looking for and I will be writing about them in my blog as soon as I get them out of the bag and into my studio space. Thanks Peter! thanks Opus staff! You brightened my day!
Opus Art supplies coincidentally just posted about a brush article they put on their site - I've copied it here if you are interested!