Thursday, October 29, 2009


This week was special. We celebrated my dad - Jack's 77th birthday with a small family gathering. Now you must remember that with the Richeson's, even a small family gathering is usually 20 or more. This night was no different.
Hard to believe Jack started in the Art Materials business when he was only 16 years old. That's 61 years ago! The industry has changed in more ways then you can imagine in that time. Still I can't think of a single person in this industry with as much knowledge on Artist Materials as my dad.
If you are ever curious about what the industry looked like in the 1950' must get a copy of his book -"Confessions of a Brush Peddler". It is truly an amazing read!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NEW!!! Richeson Oil Mediums

Richeson Oil Mediums and Richeson Oils
Just got images from our art department today on the packaging for our Richeson Oil Mediums. If you have never had an opportunity to try them, I am confident you will be pleased! These mediums are the perfect partner for the Richeson Oils introduced in August this year. The positive feedback has been exciting for everyone here!
One note on the Oils...if you get frustrated by the oil at the top of New tubes of color, you will be thrilled with the Richeson Oils. We allow the color to rest for between 60 and 120 days after milling. This allows for maximum absorbtion of the oil into the pigment. After "resting" for an appropriate period of time, we test the oils, remove any excess oil and remill if needed before tubing, bringing artists only the best of the best!
Call us at 800/233-2404 for a dealer near you!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Learning and Product Expo Set Up Day


Thursday was Set Up day for the Pasadena Learning and Product Show. It always amazes me how things look before all the booths are set up and ready for the artists. It looks like an impossible task! There is skid after skid of product waiting for the vendors to transform the space into a beautiful high energy store for the artists to shop.

This particular event has a long history in Pasadena. Started in the late 1970's by the Blacher Brothers. At that time the show was known as Tools of the Trade. The purpose of the show was to give artists a chance to try and experience product they may not be familiar with.

Tomorrow - pictures of the show after set up,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pasadena Here I Come!

This past two weeks has been insane! Back to School is in full force for our dealers.....Tensions are high as we work to improve our dealer services to new heights of excellence.

In the midst of this, the Fall Teacher State Art Ed conferences are now in full swing. My brother Mike and Debbie in Sales are on the road until Thanksgiving. Steve just returned from an amazing event at Savannah College of Art (More on this soon), and I just landed in a wet and cool S. California(Dog gone it! I was hoping for sun!)

Oh yeah! I can't forget Jack (my dad) and Linda! They are in Newport Beach area for the National Watercolor Society annual event......which I understand was incredible!

The economy has meant doing more with less. We are travelling more, working later at night so we can get done what we would have done during the day. This next 12 monbths looks to be challenging but exciting. In talking with dealers yesterday....we all take a step back....touch our skin and realize...WE HAVE SURVIVED!!!!

As reports that economic recovery us starting but slow.....we are all still here. We have life to fight again another day!