Nov 26, 2012

What Are The Odds?

$hi# always happen to me. I can see it coming a mile away. In San Francisco, I order a drink at the hotel bar. The bartender tells me they just ran out one second ago and have to go to the basement to get my Jamesons. OK I'll wait 15 minutes. When I order at a restaurant, the waiter brings everyone their food. I can see by the look in his eyes, he's forgotten to put in my order. My food arrives 45 minutes later. I've been selling my old DVDs online at a site called Glyde. When you sell one, they send you an envelope. You just place the DVD that got bought into the envelope and send. Stamps included. Real easy. It's just that my envelopes never show up. I'm always sending e-mails for help. I'm lost in the system somewhere. Why always me? My elaborate watercolor paintings are all done on 10 X 14 inch Canson cold press watercolor blocks. I've grown very fond of the size. I recently found out they just discontinued making them in that size. "You have to be kidding me." I can't get them in any art store or anywhere online for that matter. They just don't exist in the world anymore. I'm doomed. There are other kinds of blocks but the paper has too much texture and it's hard to draw on them. I tried smaller ones but the size is just not right and bigger sizes are just too big. I can't make enough detail to satisfy my drawing style. This is a big problem for me. I may have to retire. This was my last piece of paper I had left. I did this in London during Hurricane Sandy. Why me? Why me? Why me? Maybe it's the sign taped to my back, that reads, kick me.


SKIZO said...


Jane said...

Just curiously wondered whether you could get your paper from other sources before it runs out world wide: here's a NY store with stocks of the 10 x 14 but that's the Canson Montval block which may not be quite right.

Anyway, your pictures are always wonderful and it would be a shame to see them stop just because of a paper problem. Good luck with hunting some more down!

Anns Art said...

Would this one be any good - [not sure] but it might help - copy and paste this:

kane said...

I tried the Montval and it is not the same paper. Has a lot of toothiness and grain. Very hard to draw on. takes the watercolor perfectly but no human can draw on them.
I tried ordering some worldwide of the old stock. Places say they have it online. then I order it and they send me an e-mail saying they are all out.

Anonymous said...

I just sent Canson an email via their website:
Please keep making 10 X 14 inch Canson cold press watercolor blocks, I understand it is being phased out. My Gramma has been using it for years and she doesn't want to change. She may give up painting. Thank You for your time.

I'll let you know if I hear anything.
Ed Beard

Anonymous said...

I heard back: The Dying Gramma scam got noticed.
I hope this helps. (Sorry Gramma)

I would be very interested in knowing where you heard that
Arches is "phasing out the 10" x 14" Cold Press watercolor
block". Please reassure your 'Gramma' that this one of our
top selling items and we have no intentions of phasing it
out. "at least not as long as your Gramma has anything to
say about it (*wink*)". However, as you know this is a very
expensive item, so it may be the retail store used by your
Gramma is who is phasing it out. Feel free to use the
'store locator' on the website to find
a convenient location near you if this is the case.

Many artists say they choose Arches because working on an
inferior surface just isn’t worth the effort, so your
'Gramma' is a very wise woman... Arches has over five
centuries of papermaking experience, and you can rely on
Arches to always be consistent and CHANGE if any occurs
very rarely.

Best regards,

Gerard KIELY
Quality Process Coordinator

Canson US - 21 Industrial Drive - 01075 South Hadley MA - US - United States

Phone : 413-540-3510 Cell phone : 413-627-2668 Email :

Web site :

Ed Beard

Monica said...

Wait 'til you get old. You become invisible.

Anonymous said...

I've never used that particular paper...but I have used the Gramma scam!

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