Reviews

Goodbye, Old Holland

 Goodbye, Old Holland, I’m done with you. In my Oil Paint Brand Reference, I rated the Old Holland (OH) brand as top; best in breed among high-end brands.  Its dense pigmentation gives it unrivaled covering power and performance.  Funny thing though, I noticed that lately there are no OH paints on my palette.  Why?  Price.  Their…

Review: Utrecht oils

It’s hard for me to understand this but until this week I never used Utrecht brand oils.  I’m not sure why this is.  I’ve visited their shops in NYC and Cleveland and ordered plenty of other things from them.  True, I was disappointed with the easel I bought from them, but that was recent and doesn’t explain…

Grumpy review: RGH website

I placed a paint order on RGH’s website, and the agile boys at RGH promptly shipped two 250 ml jars of Paynes gray to me.  Unfortunately, I’d ordered two 250 ml jars of flake white.  I probably haven’t used more than 40ml of Payne’s gray in the past five years. I checked the RGH website.  Sure…

Review of Lukas 1862 oils

I wrote before about some of my experiences with Lukas 1862 oils.  I wanted some more time with the paints before completing my review.  With these recent sessions, I’ve had my fill of Lukas oils. Typical for me, I set up the palette on Friday morning (first photo) and used it over the next two…

Lukas 1862 oils test drive

I used some of the Lukas 1862 oils I wrote about before.   I’m still not ready to add the brand to my oil paint reference because I need more testing.  In their marketing material, Lukas emphasizes the ‘smooth, buttery’ quality of their paint.  Virtuality all low-end brands make this claim.   I can attest that…

RGH and Blue Ridge oils

Along with Winsor Newton, Blue Ridge and RGH oils get a lot of use on my palette.   The categories I use to rate manufacturers in my oil paint brand reference–low-end, mid-range, and high-end–are based on price and quality. While there is a lot of churn in the low-end category, most brands are student-grade and…

Review: Richeson’s Rectified Turpentine

Have you read many turpentine reviews lately?  How about ever? I use turpentine every day in my oil painting.  Winsor Newton is a pretty reliable manufacturer.  Their oil paint, while not the best, is very good and it’s reasonably priced.  Their English Distilled turpentine is my usual choice.  It handles well in my medium and performs…

What I am reading

I am a voracious reader.  Since I got acclimated to my Kindle (actually the Kindle app on my iPad mini), I think I am reading more than ever, which I didn’t think possible.  Add my Audible app to the mix and my day is spent reading (or listening) to books from can’t see to can’t…