Hello everybody, I hope your week is going well. I wanted to finish up my swatch-fest for now with the rest of Williamsburg paints. I have a few more brands but maybe I’ll save them for later. I can’t assume everyone is an art materials geek like me 🙃. Below are the swatches:
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 (Again, sorry about the quality of pictures).
Cadmium Red Light (fine)
This beautiful opaque red leans orange and can be tinted to an orange without the addition of yellow if you are in a pinch.
Cadmium Red Medium (fine)
A true medium red without being too orange or blue. A little oilier than cadmium red light or deep.
Cadmium Red Deep (fine)
This is the first Williamsburg colour I fell for. An intense deep, opaque bluish-red. I found the texture really unique: kind of mousse-like, not oily or runny but not pasty either. Really nice to work with.
Italian Pompeii Red (medium)
A natural earth colour with noticeable texture. It is semi-opaque but it can be painted almost transparently with some skill.
Permanent Crimson (very fine)
I got this colour to replace true Alizarin Crimson because of its lightfastness issues. You can see that it’s luscious and gorgeous, look at the pinks you can get! I’ll have to see if it really replaces true Alizarin but so far, it looks good.
Cinnabar Green Light (very fine)
This is a convenience colour with a Good lightfastness rating. I can see its use in a modern palette but I will pass on any convenience colour without Excellent lightfastness unless I’m nuts about the colour. In this case, I am not.
I never used an oil-based Viridian before. This is a beautiful transparent deep green with many nuances.
Green Gold (very fine)
Gorgeous translucent olive-green with Excellent lightfastness.
Courbet Green (very fine)
This is a convenience mixture with Excellent lightfastness and very handy for using in foliage, forest, shadows and useful for mixing.
My general impression of Williamsburg is very good so far. Their Cadmium Reds are outstanding and there are some colours like Prussian Blue (not on the swatch chart) that is really unique. But I think like any good brand, you tend to have favorite colours. The individual characteristics of the paint colours is what will keep you. For me the difference in texture of these paints is really noticeable when dealing with pigments that are milled to medium consistency and larger. The artistry of the manufacturer is in bringing these characteristics to light by their skill in combining pigment, binder and milling for the artist to appreciate.
One great thing about Williamsburg is that it is owned by Golden, so support and communication from the company is upfront and open. Even before I started using Williamsburg, I always had good communication with Golden and now it’s the same for Williamsburg. They are always willing to answer any question and are helpful. Having said all this about Williamsburg, the paints themselves are not cheap. It is up to the individual to decide if it’s worth it or not. I personally, have always found better materials always to be worth it.
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