Shopping for Art Supplies
Sadly, York County has a scarcity of art supply shops. I barely count Michael's which is the nearest place I can drive to pick up a tube of paint or a canvas. Rita tells me there is a shop in Lancaster which is about 30 minutes away, so I will eventually check that out. I've also thought of making a day trip to Baltimore to see art and visit the art shops near Maryland Institute College of Art. Mostly I rely on the online suppliers, which I'm thankful for, but I still miss browsing the displays, having an opportunity to ask questions and handling some of the materials--especially papers and brushes. One of the treats of my stay in London was discovering L. Cornelissen & Son on Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury. I could hardly contain my pleasure. This is a venerable shop established in 1855 with a dignified facade and colorful window displays. Although my companions were not studio artists, they were happy to follow me in and take a tour. I could hardly contain myself, but felt satisfied with two new brushes and a few half pans of watercolors. The watercolor pans were arranged in wooden drawers--each drawer having all the hues of a particular hue. The photo below shows me with an almost wicked smile on my face as I'm about to enter the shop.