1. The intoxicating scent of oil paints on a fresh palette.

Not to mention beautiful.

2. The woody aroma inside a new tin of charcoal pencils.

A perfect container of creativity.

3. The ashy smell of charcoal crayon dust covering your sketch book.

And often times on your hands too.

4. The sickening blend of metal, chemicals, and paint inside your Silicoil container.


Before and after the semester.

5. The pungent whiff of quick-drying Liquin mixed in with your paints.

6. The bitter smell of linseed oil soaked into your canvas.

7. The supposedly “odorless” chemical stank of Turpenoid you used to clean your brushes.

It may not have burned your nostrils, but there was a definite odor.

8. The refreshing scent of mint and lanolin in The Masters Artist Soap.

The best friend to any painter.

9. The clay-like smell of your colorful Conté crayons.

10. The nauseating essence of egg tempera concoctions.

Makes pretty paintings, stinks like ass.

11. The piney smell that emanated from your DIY canvas frame.

Tools aren’t just for shop class.

12. The exhilarating scent of a freshly stretched canvas.

So clean, so new.

13. The homey smell of antique easels inside the studio.

Like being transported to another century.

14. The earthy essence that coated your hands while using a clay wheel.

Cue “Unchained Melody.”

15. The chalky aroma from a thick coat of gesso.

16. The oddly satisfying damp smell of paper covered in water colors.

Which eventually dried into something magical.

17. The pristine metallic odor from a container of X-Acto knives.

Sharp pencils for life.

18. The noxious fumes that escaped each time you opened a container of rubber cement.

19. The fresh pulpy smell of an untouched pad of paper.

Oh, the possibilities.

20. The oily remnants of paint mixed with sweat after a hard day’s work.

Now would be a good time for that Artist Soap.

21. And the sweet smell of success at the opening of your art show.