Art Questions, Pigment Spotlight, Top Tips

What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

This is a question I get a lot when I teach. The true definition of hue is colour. In a paint name, it means that it is the colour of that particular pigment, but it is achieved by using another pigment of similar hue. This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?

Pigment Spotlight, Reviews and Tests

Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

The first question that popped into my mind when I first saw Quinacridone Lilac was "Do we really need another Quinacridone sitting between the Quinacridone pinks and magentas?" The only way to find out was to try it, test it, mix it and compare it. I already have quite a few Quinacridones in my palette:… Continue reading Pigment spotlight: testing Daniel Smith Quinacridone Lilac

News 2019, Pigment Spotlight

Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I discovered that Winsor & Newton were releasing a range of Cadmium substitutes. I have long been in favour of ditching the Cadmiums for good. Their devastating environmental impact just isn't worth keeping them, especially with more modern pigments coming in all the time. For this… Continue reading Pigment spotlight:Cadmium-free Cadmiums by Winsor & Newton

News, News 2018, Painting, Pigment Spotlight

The final batch of Quinacridone Gold

This is it… we knew this moment would come but it still makes me sad. Quinacridone Gold, the real Quinacridone Gold PO49, is now completely gone… When the pigment manufacturer stopped production in 2001, they offered Daniel Smith (who were the first manufacturer to use Quinacridones in their paints) the opportunity to buy all their… Continue reading The final batch of Quinacridone Gold

Painting, Pigment Spotlight

Pigment Spotlight- The non-granulating French Ultramarine aberration

When I heard that there was a new, Non-granulating French Ultramarine, my heart missed a beat. It definitely didn’t feel right. I had that feeling you get when a long trusted and beloved friend does something so bad you didn’t even know they were capable of it. My favourite blue had stopped behaving like it… Continue reading Pigment Spotlight- The non-granulating French Ultramarine aberration

Painting, Pigment Spotlight, Reviews and Tests

Pigment spotlight – The Perylene family

The Perylene family is relatively new to the exclusive pigment neighbourhood. The first Perylene was discovered in 1912 but didn’t move in until the 1950’s. Even then, it was not widely seen and only became part of the artist community in the 1980’s. Even today, their position is not as prominent as other families, such… Continue reading Pigment spotlight – The Perylene family