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Quickest job hunt ever.

I went into Jerry's Artarama, my local art supply place, ran into the manager who of course knows me by name, and when he said "Can I get you anything?" said "I don't suppose you've got some part-time work...."

"Tell me about oil paints," he said.

"Well, they're a pain to work with, but if you've got a well ventilated area and don't mind the solvents, you can get some great stuff. They take a lot longer to dry than acrylics, although you can thin them with liquin and make some inroads on that,  and of course you can't layer over the top of them the way you can with acrylic--"

"Tell me about brushes."

"What are you painting?"

"Oils."

"Well, let me see, you want something durable enough that the bristles won't come out and that can take a lot of abuse. I like the filberts for the fine detail..."

"You're hired. When can you start?"

The pay is very low--as he said himself, "I'm really sorry, but this'll just about pay for your groceries and not much else..." but that's about what I expected for part-time non-career related, and the 30% discount will be very nice. And since about all I needed was enough to cover the groceries, it should work out well--three days a week, most likely, which ought to leave me plenty of time, but provide the getting-out-of-house-ness and schedule that I'm gonna need to keep my sanity.

He was probably just delighted to see someone old enough to know who Bon Jovi was come through the door, but damnit, that was pretty gratifying.


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I was gonna say the same thing.

"Tell me about oil paints," he said. ... They take a lot longer to dry than oils, although you can thin them with liquin..."

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What a very sensible kind of job interview.

Congrats and good luck with it.

Yay!

I prefer painting with oils, but I learned to paint using wet-on-wet techniques first of all, so it's second nature to me to blend paints on the canvas as I go - I'd agree it is "an right bastard" if you have to stop partway through and go back to it later but if I'm using oils I know I have to be able to finish the major part in one day. I find acrylics dry much to fast for the way I like to work anyway :)

He was probably just delighted to see someone old enough to know who Bon Jovi was come through the door, but damnit, that was pretty gratifying.

HEE. Although it's distressing to realize that myself and my peers are getting to that age, the age at which (some) teenagers go "Oh, I can't imagine being THAT OLD." They're stupid, obviously, but still!

I'm really glad you found what you needed so fast, and precisely the type of thing you needed.

Tell me about it. I just turned *gasp* thirty, and I can clearly remember not expecting to live to be ths old.

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WHOOOOOOO! That is awesome, and congratulations!

Yay! Congratulations! And that employee discount will be great!

seconded. hearing of ursula's love of fiddly art stuff, it may be of more value than the wages ;).

That's awesome! Congratulations!

He was probably just delighted to see someone old enough to know who Bon Jovi was come through the door,

*laughs out loud*

Rock on! In some ways ya might be able to draw at work and get paid for it as well. Good job!

Excellent! It's a shame he can't pay more, but I'm sure he's jumping-up-and-down happy to have someone working there who actually knows their stuff. I am madly loyal to stores with competent staff.

Hooray! (And once you add in the employee discount, that'll work out at quite a nice hourly rate, I think.)

That's my favorite way to get a job. lol.
Congrats and all that!