I started to use a local art store but then found that my limited budget was being exceeded. I then discovered that I could get everything I needed from Blick Art supplies at a significantly lower price. Their online ordering system is straightforward. The packages are very well wrapped (including canvases, oil paints, charcoal pencils, palettes, etc). I also appreciate that I can recycle all their wrapping material. The shipments arrived within the expected timeframe.