Tag Archive for oil paint

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…

Studio journal 4/9/17

The Press, the middle painting, is giving me trouble–the ground is, I mean.  It’s lifeless.  It’s one of two things, so I’ll soon know the cause.  It’s not too bad but it’s frustrating because things go so some much more smoothly when the ground is well behaved.      The ground isn’t the only thing…

Studio journal 3/19/17

I recently bought some of Rublev’s Lead Oil Ground.  I’ve had mixed results with Rublev products.  Their oil paint is excellent.  Their burnt sienna is top shelf.  However, much of their stuff is less than wonderful.  They purport to be experts but I don’t see any evidence for that claim.  They sell a lot of thick,…

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…

Studio journal 2/12/17

I spent the day working on Picnic.  I’ve written before about how I stalled out on Picnic.  The issue was predominately the background figures.  I put them in; I took them out; I put them back in again. I use ultramarine violet a lot, it’s especially useful for cool grays.  I used ultramarine violet on the shirt of the guy at the…

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…