What's the Buzz


Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels & Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper

Often, the best way to find out about a hot product on the market is to listen to what your friends and fellow artists have to say about it. We do this all the time. So today, we decided to check out the buzz on two of our featured products, Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels and Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper! 

First up is Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels. These artist-grade pastels are hand-rolled, making them softer and easier to blend. Artists love them for their brilliant colors and because they don't fade over time. They are definitely the go-to pastels on the market right now. But don't take our word for it. Lets see what the buzz is all about!

"Not too hard, not too soft. Creamy. Really beautiful colors. They don't crumble when you break them in half/thirds. Love how they feel!!" -Paula, Tennessee

"This set has a marvelous range of colors. All seem to apply smoothly, controlled and consistent. Works with blended and raw strokes with equal ease." - The Light Bender, Florida

"Gallery soft pastels, like the three little bears bedtime story, are not too soft, not too hard, just right. Many pastels are too hard, crumbly or to soft for all around use. I have found Gallery pastels perform well from the preliminary sketch to the final spark of color at the center of interest. Gallery soft pastels range from subtle colors to the brilliant. Finding the right color is easily done. Gallery Pastels can achieve very soft edges to hard edges. If you were to buy only one brand of pastel, I would recommend Gallery soft pastels by Mungyo".  -James, New Mexico

"Last year I was i
nvited to review the new Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels in a focus group at Jerry's. The labels were peeled off, so we couldn't tell what brand we were using...the Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels were just as strong in pigment, soft, creamy and completely covered the paper as richly as their more costly competitors. They layered and blended beautifully. I highly recommend them as a quality product with a more economical pricetag! Jerry's has done it again...go out and try them today!"  - Kim, North Carolina,

"Over the years I have acquired, tested and used not only every pastel on the market, but the varied and assorted pastel surfaces that make this such a unique and individual medium for use in my professional art business! . Much to my delight, I found the [Mungyo] Pastels comparable in every way to the Unison and Rembrandt pastels that I have favored over the years. Their texture, colors and smooth, buttery consistency were equal in every way.....except in price. When you add high quality to cost effectiveness for the working artist, well, it just doesn't get any better than that!" - M Theresa Brown, North Carolina

 Looks like people like the Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels for its texture and blending ability. Try them out yourself and let us know what you think. We're sure you'll love them.




Next up is the Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper. Artists have been raving about how great this paper is! They say its strong, holds watercolor paints better than its leading competitors and is incredibly versatile! But once again, lets put it to the test and see what the buzz is all about.

"Excellent quality, easy to work on." -Kitty, Wisconsin

"I tried a few sheets and was totally impressed by how beautifully it accepts color. The surface has a velvety tooth and the paper easily tolerates scrubbing when lifting colors. Also, unlike all other watercolor papers I've used, the Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. Cold Press shows minimal distortion when wet... and always dries completely flat. I now use Fabriano Artistico exclusively. A truly superb paper." -Dr. A, Oregon

"I love this paper. It takes a lot of abuse and continues to perform. I do my best work on this paper." -Patti the Art Student, Oregon

"Fabriano Watercolor paper is excellent for all water-based media, colored pencils, and silkscreen printmaking." -Annie, North Carolina


Well, looks like Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper lives up to the hype with its strength and durability! Here at Jerry's we are always striving to carry the best products on the line, the ones Artists are always asking about, the ones that create a buzz. So we will continue to look for the products you're crazy for and sharing what we find each week with two featured products we know you love! Thanks always for your input and look out for more Whats the Buzz coming up next week!


Happy Birthday Rembrandt

A birthday wish to a true master

If you saw the google homepage yesterday, you might have recognized a familiar face. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is known as one of the greatest painters and printmakers in Dutch and European history and yesterday he would have turned 407 years old. So from all of us at Jerry's Artarama, we want to say a big, (little-bit belated) "Happy Birthday" to one of favorite painters! (Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, pictured right)

During the early 17th century, Rembrandt was well known for

  • Portraiture
  • Landscapes
  • Narrative Paintings

Rembrandt's style often captured a very close attention to detail and a high contrast of light and shadow.  His paintings are famous for their rich colors and well pronounced brush strokes. He often painted serious religious and allegorical themed paintings where he would sneak a small portrait of himself into the scenes. Meanwhile, his etchings often captured the natural drama of landscapes often with themes like oncoming storms and uprooted trees. 

One of his more well-known paintings was The Night Watch (pictured left), in which Rembrandt broke conventions of painting a guard or company in straight profile. Instead, his perfect brush strokes captured a company preparing for a guard or mission, and because of the action and drama it captured, the painting was hailed as a huge success. 


His portraits were also known to break convention by capturing realistic expressions on his subjects. Instead of a typical stoic portrait, Rembrandt chose to capture every tiny facial line and curve. His staggering attention to detail and use of shadows to juxtapose the lighter areas of the face managed to capture a realism not seen before. It is these perfect expressions he was able to capture which made him a master of his craft! (The Man with the Golden Helmet pictured Right)


And that is why we choose to celebrate him. He has left an amazing legacy and it can still be seen today. Jerry's Artarama is proud to carry two great product lines named after Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. First our wonderful Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artist Oils which contain the same purest quality linseed and safflower oils that Rembrandt himself used, and our Rembrandt Soft Pastels, which can blend so perfectly that Rembrandt himself would have approved. So today we remember a true Art Hero. Happy Birthday Rembrandt!




What your Favorite Color Says about You

Know thy true colors

Life is splashed with color. Anywhere we look, we encounter the dreamy blues of the sky or ocean, the gritty browns of the earth, and the vibrant greens of nature. We outfit our homes with our favorite colors. But how often do we stop and think about how these colors make us feel or how we perceive them? Did you know that studies have shown that certain colors do make us feel certain emotions? Advertisers and artists alike often put these colors in our way to exploit how we perceive them?  A brief lesson in the psychology of color could help to make us more aware of what is presented to us, may affect the future of our decorating decisions, and may even lend some understanding to our favorite art pieces and products.

Let's start with the basics.


Blue: Known to evoke a sense of peacefulness, tranquility and calming. It is often used for this reason as a color in bedrooms. But don't fall asleep yet! This color has also known to make people more productive and focused since it calms and de-stresses people. Fashion consultants often recommend wearing a blue suit to an interview because it can symbolize loyalty as well. 

Red: The most passionate color on the wheel. It is the color of blood, courage and sacrifice. It is also associated with the heart and red rose, making it the color of love.It is also a sign of hospitality and care which is why there are red carpets at fancy events and red crosses on ambulances and outside of hospitals. 

Yellow: The most difficult color for the eye to detect, yet also attracts attention. Yellow is an interesting color because it means different things in different parts of the world. In the western part of the world, yellow is associated with caution, betrayal and jealousy. People are more likely to get angry in yellow rooms and studies have shown that babies are more likely to cry in a yellow room. However in China, yellow represents happiness, wealth and pleasure. it also enhances concentration, and speeds the metabolism.

Orange: Actually more so than yellow, orange is associated with the warmth of the sun. Orange can increase a craving for food, and stimulates enthusiasm and creativity. It is also the color most likely to get noticed in dim light or against the water which is why the coast guard uses it as their go-go color.

Violet/Purple: Often associated with royalty, purple can suggest wealth and luxury. It is also the color of good judgment. Because of these connotations, purple can have a peaceful effect on the mind, even more so than blue. 

Green: The color of nature and fertility. Because of its symbolic ties to nature, it is also highly associated with growth, health, creativity, and innovation. In the middle ages, brides wore green rather than virginal white to symbolize fertility and growth.

Black: A fashionista's favorite, as it makes the body appear thinner. It is also the color of power and authority, yet is contradictory as it also implies submission. Notably, nuns and priests wear black to symbolize their submission to God. Policeman and security guards wear such a dark blue as to almost appear black. 

White: The color of innocence and purity. White reflects light and we have all been warned not wear it after Labor Day. Doctors and nurses wear white to symbolize sterility. White is dynamic as it is not only a color in itself, but it is also the absence of color and because of this contrast, white can be used to great effect in art pieces.

So there you have it: the meaning behind some of the basic colors of the color wheel. Use this guide to interpret your feelings towards your surrounding or to create new ones.


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