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 This can be because the original pigment is obsolete and needs… Continue reading What does “hue” mean in a paint name?
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
Some of Leonardo da Vinci's original drawings are in Southampton! And all over the UK... The idea is rather interesting: instead of a touring exhibition of the same drawings, all cities taking part concurrently get a different set of drawings. If the visitors want to see all of them, then they are the ones who… Continue reading Field Trip: Leonardo exhibition – A life in drawing
Hello everyone, I already wrote about the difference between transparent and opaque colours in a blog post here. This time I am taking it one step further: why do transparent pigments sometimes make opaque paints? 1- Transparent/opaque To recap the previous post, transparent pigments let the light through their layer to hit the paper and… Continue reading Transparent vs. opaque and why transparent pigments can turn into opaque paints
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
Some watercolourists seem to find it hard to make the difference between neutral colours (especially browns) and muddy mixes. There is a huge variety of browns that are clean, transparent and without a hint of mud in them, not even the detoxifying cleansing spa kind. Unlike primary and secondary colours that are found on the… Continue reading How to avoid muddy colours
This question comes from Stella, who was at my West Dean course in September: What exactly is the difference between transparent and opaque paints and how does it affect my paintings? The answer is that transparent paints let the light through to the underlying paper while the opaque paints reflect the light, effectively blocking it… Continue reading Transparent vs opaque colours