Hello everyone, I hope your week is progressing well.
As I mentioned in my last post, I acquired some new paints. These paints are some of the world’s best brands and especially Vasari is very expensive. Even more so because I’m in Canada and the exchange rate is abysmal. Vasari is a boutique paint and as far as I know, you can only order from them directly in the U.S. or from Jackson’s Art Supplies in London.
I also got some Michael Harding paints based in the UK (a top quality paint with decent prices), Blockx paints (an old and reputable company based in Belgium), Mussini paints by Schmincke (a very reputable German company) and Williamsburg paints (a U.S. company that is now owned by Golden, a reputable paint company). And finally, I got some Rublev lead white paint from Natural Pigments. A couple of other brands that should be in the lineup is Old Holland and Maimeiri Puro but those will have to wait until another time.😁
I am going to post swatches of the paints I’ve mentioned here, but this post will focus on Vasari. I will post the other brands in posts to follow. I apologize for the quality of the pictures below as I was just doing these swatches for myself as reference. Then I thought why not post it for everyone else too. By the way, the white paint to colour paint ratio is very rough and I’m pretty bad with the palette knife. Hopefully, you will find it helpful if you’re interested in these paints.
The left column shows the paint as they were squeezed from the tube labeled with the paint colour.
The right part of the picture is the paint tinted to increasing degrees with M. Graham’s Titanium White Alkyd paint. Please note that Titanium White does skew the colours a little cooler.
Paint colours from top to bottom:
Cadmium Lemon: I was surprised at how oily with was straight out of the tube. Nice colour similar to other Cadmiums I own but didn’t seem be overpowering, you can get some nice soft yellows when tinted down.
Genuine Naples Light: This was the most expensive paint not just because of the brand but from any manufacturer that makes it. And not many do because of toxicity/scarcity of the pigment. As you can see, it is a very different yellow that it hard to achieve by mixtures. When tinted down, you can get some really subtle pale yellows
Raw Sienna: Also a wet colour but beautifully neutral. I can see this being used quite a bit.
Ivory Black: A basic warm black that can tint neutral grays. I only have a cool black so it’s a welcome addition.
When I was considering the colours from Vasari, I wanted to get so much more. But because I spent so much on the Genuine Naples Yellow, I got more reasonably priced colours instead.
My first impressions of Vasari surprised me the most, I thought that I would hear the angels sing.. but it didn’t happen. I also new it was a “loose” paint but I was surprised at how oily or how much initial oil from the tube came out. I know you can l leach the oil out on a paper towel but it’s an extra step. There’s no doubt on the beauty of the colours but these are only swatches. I will have to see how they behave when I paint with them. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
Stay tuned for more swatches and first impressions…
Thanks for visiting,