Friday, 11 October 2013

45. New Paint Colours

Clairefontaine Oil Paper

I went to the Mall Galleries to see the Threadneedle Prize and, as I was in London, I popped over to Cass Art in Islington.  It was their student day and, even though it was evening, we had to queue to enter the shop and inside it was heeeeaving!  It was encouraging to see so many young artists embarking on their art journeys and great that they were able to get 15% off everything that day, including sale items.  (I'm not currently a student but the discounts were still really good.)

I bought the three luscious colours above.  They are Old Holland Classic Violet Grey (probably the heaviest 40ml tube of paint I own), Michael Harding Manganese Violet (looks good enough to eat but please don't!) and Michael Harding Yellow Lake.  For my paint samples, I blended them this time with MH Zinc White in order to retain the brightness of each hue because, as you can see, Titanium White makes them look a bit chalky).

 My very useful oil colour chart... also handy as a fan in summer!  :D

I haven't had to spend a fortune on oil paints; often, I've just been in the right place at the right time.  When I bought two Gamblin Radiants from Stuart Stevenson, I received three really nice free sample tubes of Schminke oil paints (including Madder Root Tone and Cadmium Yellow Tone).  At another art shop, they were selling heavily discounted packs of four Royal Talens Rembrandt oils as a promotion and on another visit I was handed two free tubes of Schminke Lemon Yellow and Ultramarine Deep, both of which are lovely.  At a recent watercolour workshop at the Mall, we were each given two 21ml tubes of Winsor & Newton oils (Winsor Lemon and Winsor Blue, two workhorses).

Happy painting!

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