The one colour I still have is in a plastic tube (please just don’t) and is underwhelming in every respect. Kama Pigments is a Montréal based pigment supplier and paint maker. Thank you so much.

They made excellent painting mediums. For a while it was the only stock … They perform admirably. I was surprised how much I like them (the Filberts particularly). Follow our Meetup page and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. Williamsburg paints are pretty expensive, so I use this brand for more important colours. I’m warming up to them….

The rest of the line seems far less popular. The cost may be high, but the rewards are great. I wonder if you have any input on this issue: I use Daler Rowney Georgian zinc white because I like the subtle tinting and greater transparency of zinc and this brand has a much stronger paint film than other brands I’ve tried (it’s not crumbly) and it doesn’t take forever to dry. These old paints I have are much better than their insanely low price suggests, but I have a “Cadmium Red” which doesn’t have the pigments listed on the tube but is a pasty, notably disappointing hue. No matter where you look, there it is. It is likely Roelofs made paint for his own purposes. They are ground in safflower, but are advertised as drying twice as fast as regular (linseed) oil paints. All Rights Reserved. Why? I’m happy with it.

I was a customer for 50 years. Old Holland Classic Oil Colours. ( Log Out /  I have a very old tube of this paint (searching revealed early 1950’s) which is of superior quality and labelled made in Paris by Armand Drouant. I tend toward other brands. What kind of brushes do you use?

Hi there! I might suggest Holbein or Gamblin.

You could try a Zinc White with both Zinc and Ti pigments listed on the tube (yeah that happens), a Mixing White (with even more Ti in it), or Weber Permalba (also with Ti in it). The color of art pigment database can be a great (if technical) resource: It’s stiff and unresponsive–yeech.

Here is a brief history of Leonard Bocour and Bellini paints. It is kind of a “system” though, and one that doesn’t suit my practice.
That can be frustrating, but they still manage a 5 out of 5. Schminke Mussini paints have resin in them.

Most pigments in artists’ paint are therefore not particularly special unto themselves, but have been chosen for proven properties and/or longevity in oil. Watch out for the many, many hues in this line. Winsor blue?

5 out of 5 (if you can afford it, and also don’t mind the rather slow drying time of poppyseed). Here is good source of information about different paints:, And here is another quite comprehensive comparative review of oil paints:, And one more for good measure:                                                       

It was high time to put flake white #1 through its paces. This post will be updated periodically as I try new brands or find information.

I use pure flake white from other brands, mostly RGH, Blue Ridge, Utrecht, and W&N. Isn’t that the way of things. By using all these additives, Sennelier has sped up the manufacturing process, cranked up the acidic (drying) reaction of the paint, and stretched it out to what appears it’s limit. Sampled on a card next to some other brands like Holbein and Vasari and one I tubed myself (Cypress), it is by comparison a little weak, transparent, and plastic-y. I’ve sorted through the many artist paint manufacturers and rated the top oil paints so that it will make it easy for you next time you are making your art supply list for your studio.. Top oil paints rated in this article also have a detailed description, review and a price comparison.

Many pigments are unstable without the addition of various additives rather one calls them that or not. I have a tube of lamp black (PBk 6) that smells like no other paint I’ve ever owned. Winsor and Newton London is a long discontinued line which encompassed regular oil paints, alkyds, and watercolours.

I like highly pigmented, fairly thick paint milled (primarily) with linseed oil that shows personality from one colour to the next, and no bullshit. Royal Talens Rembrandt is one of my “go to” paints.
I have a Titanium White (ground in safflower) that I like, but the rest of the colours I own have languished since the early days, and really only get used when I run out of better paint.

I’m not exactly sure of the reason why. I don’t think it’s necessary to buy any of the more economically produced pigments (Burnt Umber for example) in premium brands. Glad you like Kama. Whether the quality, consistency, or just trying to get it all out of the tube, they always felt just slightly off the mark. The price tags are still stuck to some of the tubes and none of them were over two dollars. There are many hues in the line which should probably be avoided unless you are banging out practice paintings like a first year. I have some, but the paint, across the range, has never inspired me. Old Holland was purchased by Theo de Beers in 1982 which was re-located and re-opened in Dribergen. The paint attributes are extremely consistent across a wide spectrum of colours (167 colours apparently) but also they produce a lot of mixes that an artist should be wary of. Funny thing though, I noticed that lately there are no OH paints on my palette. The Cobalt Green Light is gorgeous. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! A cautionary tale. These are great feeling paints which I would class above Winsor and Newton Artists’ paints.

They were bought by a very large company called Colart, and are these paints are now made in France at an industrial scale (information on that here). If you see them, they are definitely worth trying. What a mouthful.