It’s All Abstract

Written by Megan Soyars

When in elementary school, my parents encouraged me to explore my creative side. I was enrolled in several after-school art classes, which I attended with a vague sense of apathy. I liked painting (mainly the messy aspect of it) but harbored no delusions that I was an “artiste.” That is, until my parents had me to submit a  painting to a school-wide art contest. Entitled Shape People, the painting had been hastily-splashed together the night before the deadline.

But upon submission, I made an important discovery–in the eyes of connoisseurs, splotched watercolors could constitute a higher art form known as “abstract.” Shape People won first prize.

Perhaps you’re like me, and have just discovered previously buried artistic genius. If so, then you’ll need the tools of the trade. Brushes, acrylics, watercolors, and more can all be found at Blick Art Materials.  Located in the artsy East Village, Blick offers a wide selection of supplies at affordable prices. And don’t forget to use that student discount!

Bring this coupon and get 20% off your entire purchase! (Valid until 12/31/10.) With Blick’s supplies, you can start work on your own masterpiece. And if philistines disparage your work as scribbles, remind them that your unconventional form is “abstract.” Like Picasso’s Dora Maar. Or my Shape People.

And don’t forget to check out our other featured stores, A.I. Friedman, Davinci Artist Supply, and Utrecht Art Supplies for their great discounts!

-Megan, Trinity University

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