Blue Ridge paints back in business

I am really glad that Blue Ridge Paints is taking orders again.  I learned last month about their fire when I went to their web site to place an order.   I was concerned that they might not be able to recover.  Their paints are very good and are offered at a reasonable price.  More and more the market is splitting into two camps: cheap but poor quality paint, or good paint at premium prices.  Blue Ridge along with some few others–RGH, Winsor Newton, to name a few–make professional-quality paint at reasonable prices.

Tubes of Blue Ridge paint

Tubes of Blue Ridge paint

Importantly, Blue Ridge also makes excellent flake white.  Lead-based white is a critical element in my palette.  Most of the low-grade producers no longer provide lead-based whites, a clear indication that they are not intended for professionals.  The photo above shows my remaining tubes of Blue Ridge paint.  I used the whites long ago.

Drawers of red and yellow oils

Drawers of red and yellow oils

Here are my two paint cabinets. Each of the six drawers contains one family of color. I have tubes from almost all producers.  I have my favorites but I’m always looking for new producers.  Not all manufacturers produce all colors, or I prefer one vendors version of a color over another. For example, Cadmium Red Purple is a staple in my palette but not all manufacturers make it. I prefer Blue Ridge’s version, which can be seen in the top photo.

Drawer of red oils

Drawer of red oils

As a young apprentice I ground my teacher’s oil paints.  I didn’t believe then and I don’t believe now that handmade paints are significantly better than top-quality commercial paint.  At least not significant enough to justify the time commitment required.   Not to mention the safety issues involved with heavy-metal paint, which are important to me.

 

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