Art Insider – November 2022 Edition

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November Classes

Saturday’s Sculpture Class starting on the 5th of November. There is a min of 4 students needed for this class to proceed. Great time to do some ceramics for gifts to others!

Wednesday’s Introductory Watercolor Class starting on the 2nd of November. This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Thursday’s W/S Oil, Oil and Acrylic Class starting on the 6th of October. This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. 

Classes will restart in January!




Holiday Kiln Firings

Firing of ceramics will continue through November and December by how the kiln loads are built. Please remember that if you need a kiln run in a timely manner, to plan to pay for the whole kiln load ($60.00) unless there is a few artists that are sharing a load. Costs then are by the percentage of the kiln space by cubic inch. Bisque runs fit a lot more than a glaze run ever will so please plan accordingly on your costs.


In the Barn in New York


Where: The Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, 188 Bell Road, New Berlin, NY

When: October 15, 2022 — March 3, 2023

Reception Open to Public: Saturday, October 15, 2022 between 4 pm and 6 pm.

JULES OLITSKI : LATE WORKS is a celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Olitski’s birth in Snovsk, Ukraine. The paintings included in LATE WORKS were made by Olitski between the years 2000 to 2006 just prior to the artist’s death in early 2007.

Jules Olitski’s reputation as a world-renowned artist stretches back to the late 1950s and by 2007 he had had more than 200 one person shows. Olitski was at the forefront of the development of contemporary painting generating many stylistic innovations over his seven-decade career. READ MORE

Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbooks return to the Art Store!

After a 3 year wait due to the world chaos, the best sketchbooks have returned to the Art Store

Natural white, heavyweight, textured paper has a neutral ph and is double-sized to accept wet media. It also renders beautiful results with charcoal, pencil, and more.

There are 50 or 60 archival-quality sheets per pad depending on the size, spiral bound to a unique waterproof leatherette cover.

93 lb (152 gsm).


Holiday Schedule

November Events:

Start of the November Sale starting on the 1st of November on the sales floor consists of:

Richeson’s Deluxe Lobo Easels at 30% off their MSRP!
Art Advantage Craft Canvases at 50% off their MSRP!
All in-stock Single Enkaustikos Sticks are 50% off their MSRP!
All in-stock Single Prismacolor Alcohol-Based Markers are 50% off their MSRP!
All in-stock Single Tubed Richeson Casein are 50% off their MSRP!
Buy 3 Graham oils or watercolor and receive a free tube of Graham paint (chosen by Graham)

       M Graham paint oil acrylic watercolor         Enkausticos encaustic


A Thank You to our community will be in November. Starting before the week of Thanksgiving, we will be hosting an inventory reduction sale. This one will be known as the “Lets GO Prescott Sale!”* During this sale, spanning from November 14th to the 23rd, 2022) The entire store’s sales floor will be 20% off your entire order on all credit card sales. If you are using cash, you will be given an additional 5% (a total of 25%) off your entire order. All purchases will be receipted for your personal and business needs and our inventory tracking. What a great sale for the holidays!

*This is an additional sale before the annual one in Late December to Early January known as the Stick to the Man Sale.

December Events:

All past 2022 students of our classes and employees are invited to present their finished framed pieces in our annual employee and student show for the Art Store. This will be shown in the studio space for the month of December. Pictures shown are from the past show.


Gift Certificates are for sale already!

Don’t Forget that our gift certificates are in $25 increments. Any artist loves to receive our Art Bucks for the holidays.

These can be purchased through our website on the front page by clicking on the Salvador Dali image or by clicking here.


Our annual “Stick to the Man Sale” will be running from 26th to the 31st of December. The entire store’s sales floor will be 20% off your entire order on all credit card sales. If you are using cash, you will be given an additional 5% (a total of 25%) off your entire order. All purchases will be receipted for your personal and business needs and our inventory tracking. This sale will also be a clearance of many items in the store that are now discontinued. Additional Manager Sales will be announced in December. Savings of up to 50% on some select items will be present.

November Birthday

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) was a French sculptor,[1] generally considered the founder of

modern sculpture.[2] He was schooled traditionally and took a craftsman-like approach to his work. Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, and deeply pocketed surface in clay. He is known for such sculptures as The ThinkerMonument to BalzacThe KissThe Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell.

Many of Rodin’s most notable sculptures were criticized, as they clashed with predominant figurative sculpture traditions in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic. Rodin’s most original work departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory. He modeled the human body with naturalism, and his sculptures celebrate individual character and physicality. Although Rodin was sensitive to the controversy surrounding his work, he refused to change his style, and his continued output brought increasing favor from the government and the artistic community.

From the unexpected naturalism of Rodin’s first major figure – inspired by his 1875 trip to Italy – to the unconventional memorials whose commissions he later sought, his reputation grew, and Rodin became the preeminent French sculptor of his time. By 1900, he was a world-renowned artist. Wealthy private clients sought Rodin’s work after his World’s

Fair exhibit, and he kept company with a variety of high-profile intellectuals and artists. His student, Camille Claudel, became his associate, lover, and creative rival. Rodin’s other students included Antoine BourdelleConstantin Brâncuși, and Charles Despiau. He married his lifelong companion, Rose Beuret, in the last year of both their lives. His sculptures suffered a decline in popularity after his death in 1917, but within a few decades his legacy solidified. Rodin remains one of the few sculptors widely known outside the visual arts community.


Art History Enamel Pins ~ For the Holidays!

These Art History Enamel Pins are inspired by art history and feature influential artists and works of art. They are a great addition to any backpack, bag or jacket. Each pin comes with one or more black rubber clutches and comes on a 2″ x 3.5″ backer card in a transparent, peggable bag.



Upcoming Workshops:

We have had many requests for an Acrylic Drop Painting Workshop. February 28th, 2023 is scheduled full day workshop for this technique. The release of this will be later this month of November.

As to assist the community and its many new families in the Quad City Area, The Art Store is hosting a Kid’s Class starting on the 3rd of January (all-day), followed by the 4th and 5th (both half-days, morning only). The Humboldt Unified School District has decided that Christmas vacation should continue through the first week of January. If you need some assistance in childcare at this time or know somebody that may, please see the details of this workshop through the scheduler here.

All other classes and workshops coming up will be populated in our scheduler as they are fully planned.


We hope you all attended the 3rd annual plein air art festival hosted by the Highlands Center for Natural History. The Art Store was one of the big sponsors for this event. This Center is a wonderful asset to our community and their art classes as well as displays can be enjoyed by all.

37 New High Flow Colors Now Shipping!

Now with 85 colors – High Flow becomes the largest range of ink-like, professional acrylics available. High Flow Acrylics behave like ink, but are acrylics and can go from brush to refillable marker or from dip pen to airbrush and more. From fine line detail work to broad strokes, High Flow Acrylics lends itself to a wide range of techniques, and artists. The line includes natural earth colors, core colors, Iridescent colors and Fluorescent colors available in 1 oz., 4 oz. and 16 oz. bottles. Also available are four sets: a 10 Color Set – Assorted Colors (953-0), a 10 Color Set – Transparent Colors (954-0), a 10 Color Set – Drawing Set (964-0) and a Marker Set (959-0). Already one of the most versatile paints we offer, this expanded palette will help more artists than ever find a use for these ultra-low viscosity acrylic paints in their studio.

To learn more, click here.

This Month We Highlight Some of our Articles that focus on Ink-like Painting!

High Flow Acrylic Application: Pens and Markers

“When using pigmented paints in pens (quill, technical, ruling, or calligraphic) or markers (daubers, nylon tips or sponge mops), the number one deciding factor in the fineness of line is pigment particle size.”

To read the full article, click here.

Markers, Mops, Daubers and GOLDEN High Flow

“Artists now have the ability to draw with a professional acrylic paint made in an ink-like consistency to work with all these new tools and more. GOLDEN High Flow Acrylic navigates easily from brush to refillable marker or from fountain pen to airbrush and more.”

To read the full article, click here.

Join Golden Artist Colors on Social Media! 

You can rewatch favorite videos and find new ones on all of our social media channels.

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Golden Artist Colors

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson Sales Representative.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Every year the Art Store brings in some great art themed gifts for others. Some have been listed above. The holidays also mean that we have the best studio furniture there is. The Futura craft station has returned as well as the Best Lobo easel for your painting and drawing needs. Other easels for the desktop and free standing ones are available as well.


Best’s Deluxe Lobo Easel is an easel to accommodate the watercolorist, pastel artist, and oil painter. It tilts forward to reduce glare and prevent dusting, and backward to form a table for gessoing, watercolors, and varnishing. Its retractable mast extends upward to handle a 62″ canvas, and folds down to a compact 65″ height. The painting tray can be adjusted from vertical to horizontal in just seconds. A hinged, oak veneer plywood shelf beneath the frame provides storage for books or supplies. Top and bottom painting trays have rubber grips to hold a canvas securely. It’s made of hand-rubbed, oil-finished, solid red oak. Some assembly required.






Studio Designs Futura Craft Station

This stylish table has a 38″ W × 24″ D (97 cm × 61 cm) tempered safety glass top with a 24″ (61 cm) pencil ledge. The tabletop angle adjusts up to 35°.
Features include three molded plastic slide-out drawers for storage.
The table is constructed of heavy-gauge steel for durability and includes four floor levelers for added stability. It’s great for drafting, drawing, or crafting.
Assembly is required. Covered by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.



Artist Spotlight: Joe Bignold


Artist Spotlight: Joe Bignold

To compliment Printmaking Month on our Customer Engagement Calendar, we spoke to Joe Bignold, a talented printmaker based in London. Joe is a self-taught artist that creates wonderful handmade linocuts. His style can be described as quirky and avian. To learn more about his journey as a printmaker, check out the interview below!

Where are you from and where do you currently reside? 

I’m from the UK and I’m currently living in London.

What drew you to printmaking, and how did it feel when you did it for the first time? 

I’m relatively new to printmaking. I’ve always illustrated and painted but only discovered printmaking around four years ago. I was playing with black ink for a while but when I started adding color and saw the impact it made to the work, then I was completely hooked.

What has kept you engaged and committed to your craft over the years?  

A love of illustration and trying to turn what I have in my head into a print. I enjoy the challenge that comes with printmaking – even though it doesn’t always pay off!

How have you grown as an artist in the past five years and what are the major contributing factors to your growth?

The covid lockdowns are what pushed me on. Having extra time on my hands allowed me to focus on printmaking and grow as an artist and illustrator.

What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve done?

My favorite piece is always what I’m currently working on. I get obsessed with an idea until it’s complete, then on to my next one and then that becomes my new favorite.

What materials do you most commonly use? 

In the order of the start of the process to the finish:-

  • My trusty Seawhite A4 pad and pencils – I use these for ideas and designing my prints.
  • Tracing paper – I can’t live without it, it’s how I transfer from my pad to the lino.
  • Battleship grey lino – my favorite lino, it’s nice to carve and gives crisp edges.
  • Swiss Pfeil tools, they’re a bit pricey but super sharp and fit nicely in the palm of my hand.
  • Cranfield Safe Wash inks – they’re oil-based and give great coverage and clean up with water.
  • Speedball rollers – king of the budget rollers!

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming printmakers? Are there any tips or techniques you can offer? 

Unfortunately, there aren’t any shortcuts in printmaking (if you find some, please let me know). The only advice I can offer is to keep practicing, keep drawing and cutting, and don’t get despondent when it all goes wrong – and it will, often! My favorite printmaking quote is “Printmaking is fun because it takes a perfectly simple process like drawing and makes it as complicated and error-prone as possible”.

What are your website and social media links? 

This is my linktree:

Pitt Graphite Matte Pencil now available from our vendors

With the Pitt Graphite Matte pencil your graphite just got darker, it’s your favorite graphite pencil with a twist. Graphite without a glare has been hard to find until now. The Pitt Graphite Matte pencil is graphite that stands for reduced reflection on paper, allowing maximum tonal value density and incredible depth effect.

Let your graphite do all the talking without an overpowering glare stealing its shine. The matte quality of this graphite pencil makes it unique in texture with a soft laydown giving a spontaneous artistic touch. Pitt Graphite Matte is ideal for extravagant sketching and drawing.

Available in eight degrees of hardness, eliminating glare isn’t the only new feature Pitt Graphite Matte brings to the table. A world first, 14B lead takes deep black to a new spectrum. Extremely deep black, the Pitt Graphite Matte collection opens a new dimension of monochrome drawing.

Enjoy Pitt Graphite Matte in: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 10B, 12B, and the new 14B. (H= hard, B= black)

Like all graphite pencils from Faber-Castell, the Pitt Graphite Matte pencil is SV bonded for extra break-resistance, and is coated in an environmentally friendly water-based varnish. Enjoy the pencil on its own or pair with our other graphite pencils for contrast such as the Castell 9000 or Pitt Graphite.

The State of the Art Store

A Health Update for the community from the owner. After surviving multiple chances of my demise, I have been able to heal my blood brain barrier and my digestive tract from the accidental exposure to parasites that are hidden from us by our perceived authorities. In this, its taken 46 IVs of chelation, immune support and mineral replacement, massage therapy, crossfit exercise, niacin induced saunas (nearly 75), strength training, nutrition……..about every alternative health therapy there is (too many to list). Three years to beat a one percent chance to even start the needed antibiotics to treat the staph and strep infections.  After much assertion and effort by myself and knowledge of my doctor and support groups, I can say the battle has turned by containing the pathogens. The staph and strep infection of my spine and brain stem is healing on my 5th round of antibiotics. As well as my organs are functioning properly after a year of recovery (2021).

As always, I owe this community for supporting me and my dream of an Art Store continuing in the northern Arizona area and surpassing my traumas. This is including the amazing knowledge and training of the gym near The Art Store known as Crossfit Prescott/Prescribed Fitness. Joey Powell took an amazingly weakened person (unable to lift anything but the bar) to competing with men 20 years younger then myself. From limping/walking with a cane to running/sprinting and enjoying life again. We are ALL in this fight for our healths and freedoms to choose for the best for each person. Without this freedom, I would have died due to the present medical system is not trained to treat parasites and/or wish to. During this year, I was able to make my first of many beautiful ceramic pots, drawings and paintings. I also have been able to assist my community members to find help for their ailments. As well as encourage and teach others to gain a new skill in art creation. Parasites are well known out of the states but rarely acknowledged in this country. It affects everybody’s immune systems and can be easily maintained properly if diagnosed by a competent caregiver. Encouraged by a local county judge, she requested I assist the community to understand what toxins can do to a person’s body especially if congested by parasites and contaminated water. The suppression of this knowledge is a tremendous loss to our national health during these years that will be known as the Shadow Years of Big Tech. I hope you all will take the time to love yourself and look behind the curtain.

I believe I, as the owner of the Art Store the annual “Stick to the Man Sale” has been remembered from last year as well as the previous 14 years. I used this sale last year as a way to gain attention to the horrid conditions of our city water. Surprised by many that i would use the past and still present division of our nation and I received many threats to my living at the time. Many thought I was recekless for doing this. All I will say to this now is, Did you see the headlines later as well as the lastest local newspaper article on the toxin and pathogen levels in our city water? This after I made sure our community knew about how toxic our drinking water is locally. The communities local governments are finally divulging their irresponsibility. I had many of our community members and my father also keep me informed of the changes to our local government and how it will make changes to better us all in the water quality. A couple months later, our area’s well water was thoroughly tested and found to be so high in pathogens to the point of 2 of the 8 wells were shut down as to not cause any further harm to our community members. I and my father have lived here for 43 years, call me crazy, call me reckless but I think the community has been informed. My aim was to benefit ALL of us by bringing attention to the toxins we were soaking our bodies in and even drinking. I have lived here for a long time; it has never been discussed seriously. If you choose the community over oneself, you may see a divided nation learn to work together. An unwell person chooses to benefit only themselves. A healthy member of a community chooses the best for all. NOBODY should be poisoned by their own government and the irresponsibility of others. Glyphosphate and Heavy Metal Poisoning is very much in play, unless you have been paying attention, you may want to discuss this with your chosen caregivers. We have seen enough of that recently and historically of perceived authorities telling us what is best for all. Creative and shocking to many, but so has much of the art has been done through the ages by great artists.  Enjoy this year’s Holiday ending sales!

Keith Kendall, Owner & Manager, The Art Store, LLC





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