Proof That Rich People Paint

I was talking with a friend the other day, about how I had found this encaustic kit on-line. It’s a whole entire set-everything one might need to do encaustic painting-including a hot palette, a heat source, a starter set of wax, gesso, even a book, a thermometer, and a color chart. Wow! I thought. If only I had known about that before I started my journey into encaustics. Silly me, right? I’ve been purchasing this stuff little by little, getting things like a pancake griddle, rather than a “real” hot palette. Oh, if only I had known.

But…then…I looked at the price.

“Guess how much it is?” I asked my friend.

“Two hundred dollars?” She guessed.

It’s actually $610. On sale. Yup. $610 on sale. Yipes! For $610, it had better come with a heck of a lot of wax, don’t you think? I mean, I guess it’s actually cheaper than buying all of the items individually, but still, $610 is a lot of money. Phew!

Then, I went shopping for a new easel. I really want a new easel. Now, I’m silly, because, deep down inside, I know that a new easel will not help me paint any better than my old easel. I know this, but I don’t care. I want a new easel, because…well…because I want something *new* since I’m starting to work with a new media. New is new, right? So out with the old, in with the new. Ha!

I found this thing.

Behold! The Craftech Ultra Series Easel. Wow. What can I say? That looks nicer than most of my paintings. I’d be afraid to use that for fear I would get paint on it. What kind of easel is so pretty that you can’t use it because you’re afraid you might get paint on it? That doesn’t sound like the kind of easel I really need now, does it? Not to mention that, well, it’s $575 on sale (reduced from $1025.) I mean, I know that’s a heck of a beautiful easel, but still, wow. An easel that retails for over $1000.

Yup. Proof that rich people paint. And photographers thought they had it bad. Ppppfft.

Until next time…


  1. Scriber's Web
    November 14, 2009 / 1:19 pm

    Ha ha. When I started with your help, I thought that was an expensive hobby. Little did I know! I would move on to painting, more expensive and then encaustics which is the most expensive. Sigh!

    Love the easel! Buy it!

  2. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    November 15, 2009 / 11:55 am

    Would it help to think not about the $575 you are spending, but about the $450 you are saving? That's a huge saving, and I don't think you can afford not to…!

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