May 6th, 2013 by Jim Winstead
While supplies last, come in and get a free sample of of Williamsburg Oil Paints. Just ask for it at the counter (one per customer, please).
Made in small batches, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors are recognized for being richly pigmented and dense. Each color is treated individually, with each pigment ground to the nature of that specific color, bringing out the beauty and preserving the wider range of differences that were common in the past. The line of colors is guided by tradition with a recognition for modern organic pigments. Most colors are considered to have excellent lightfastness, with the exception of Alizarin Crimson and Van Dyke Brown.
The sample set comes with three 5ml tubes of three of the colors that show off these distinctive qualities of the Williamsburg line. Below is an article that our friends at Williamsburg Technical Support shared that explains the three colors in the set.
Reflecting and Projecting History
by Sarah Sands, Williamsburg Technical Support
Color is a living language. Creative currents ebb and flow while science moves pigments to the forefront and pulls other into obscurity. A display of Williamsburg Handmade Oil colors shows the cycle of history. Colors we share with generations of painters in the past, as well as Colors owned only by this generation of artists.
Here, we present three colors from the Williamsburg palette. Each with its own place in history, and because of their inherent beauty and personality, they should also have a place on your palette.
Viridian The color of emeralds, this was the favorite green of the French Impressionists, central to the palettes of Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Renoir, among many others. Its translucent, blue-green tones cannot be matched by a blend of other colors. Never strident or artificial in appearance, it has an almost earthy, mineral feel that allows it to sit comfortably within a painting. Williamsburg grinds it to a velvety surface, rather than the more glossy sheen common to Phthalo and Sap Greens. Mixed with white it can almost feel blue, yet blended with yellow can generate a wide range of leafy landscape greens.
Alizarin Orange Like peeling back the shadowed skin of a tangerine to reveal the bright golden notes hidden inside, Williamsburg’s Alizarin Orange explodes with color. From the tube its masstone hovers between saffron and paprika, with a mid-tone note of russet-orange that is moody and alluring. But none of that prepares you for the vivid, hot streaks of yellow left by your brush pushing the paint across the canvas, or the infusion of warmth it provides in glazes. Its most vivid and dazzling moments hide just beneath the surface.
Sevres Blue Inspired by the crisp, bright blue, Celeste enamel found on the finest Louis XV Sevres porcelain. It is opaque yet airy, dense yet luminous, it is the blue of a clear sky at noon. But its usefulness goes well beyond landscapes. Blend with warmer earth colors for steely grays, pull a touch into skin tones to create shadows, or go electric by playing off its nearly perfect complement of Williamsburg Cadmium Red Vermilion.
Descriptions of colors, or even close examination of paintings that employ these colors, cannot do them justice. You must experience these colors. Ask for the special sample set containing these three colors next time you visit Raw Materials Art Supplies.