A Utrecht 103 bristle brush was used to create the tree trunks and much of the foliage. The formulation of each color is modified individually to compensate for the inherent differences in the working characteristics of pigments. Solubility all”. and I am shaking my head because I have used all of these paint brands, artists, student, etc. Jeremy Lipking is one but he also uses others. Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 10 total), This topic has 9 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated. Learn how your comment data is processed. First, about stabilizers, I would guess that there are stabilizers present because I have not seen storage separation of oil with Utrechts, but I have seen oil separate with other brands like Grumbacher and Winsor Newton. Blick bought Utrecht and at one time listed the paints on their site but has since removed them. Color intensities replicate those of handcrafted, limited edition oils produced prior to the invention of the collapsible tube in the 1840s. Lightfastness, colorfastness and longevity really have to do with quality of colors and pigments and even binders. As you say, they’re only $3 Cad so not a big investment….still a bit frustrating though. These oils feature high pigment load and excellent mixing power. I still don’t really need to replace them, at least 10 years old and going strong, but I should probably buy a dozen just in case Utrecht ditches them like they did with the 207 series. There is one Ivory brush that is a bit more promising – the Egbert – fun brush with a funny name. And I must also have a try with those Egbert brushes from Rosemary – I use filberts a lot, and this would add another dimension. These are no longer made as far as I can ascertain (after hunting like crazy last year) and Gainsborough brushes are all that is left from the Grumbacher lines. Since Utrecht UB dried as fast as the Lukas, I would guess that it is also due to driers. I am the same – if I hear rave reviews I usually purchase a couple to try out – sometimes they’re keepers and sometimes not, but it’s fun to give new materials a go once in a while. Or maybe they finally made it illegal to use the hair they bought when it was legal. Thanks for pointing that out. It is a good substitute for rare-earth naphthenate. Would you suggest them as a good alternative to the Robert Simmons (which can be expensive and hard to get sometimes). I like Lukas, but am getting leery of them because some of the tubes are starting to get “stiff” and I fear they’ll get too stiff to work with eventually. To me, this would suggest that there are driers added to both the Permalba and the Utrecht whites because they are in safflower but they dry faster than the linseed based whites. If you can convince him to use better paints posterity may thank you . There are some blues and whites that use only safflower, most other colors are linseed or a blend of linseed and safflower. These traditional methods of paintmaking ensure the purity of colour and lush consistency, enabling Vasari to impart the secret of the Old Masters to the modern-day painter. I have some badger hair brushes in my watercolor case – they are much softer generally, I believe, than the mongoose – we’ll see. The oil painting ‘Transitions’ got a wonderful block-in with the Utrecht 207 brush. However, for my money, the all time best brushes were the Grumbacher Professional grade brushes. The Rosemary Ultimate Long Flats are a keeper. Your email address will not be published. I’ve also invested in some larger tubes of the Cadmiums, because what a great deal! In The Morning Light 16×20 oil painting by Bill Inman. I’m so frustrated with some of my oil paints … Thank you! Working with only the best oil and the […], PROSPECTUS:_IN 1887, GUSTAVE SENNELIER, A DEVOTED CHEMIST, ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A PURVEYOR OF FINE-ARTISTS’ PAINTS AT 3 QUAI VOLTAIRE FACING THE LOUVRE AND STEPS AWAY FROM L’ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS. My brushes have stayed pristinely white and not splayed. If you live in the US you can wait for a sale at Dick Blick or Utrecht and buy their house brand artist paints. Grumbacher brushes were my favorites as well Linda – especially in the 80’s. also, do Utrecht stand to their claim that they use no additives in the pain – pure pigment and oil based on your knowledge/experience? As a welcome gift you can expect free premium art training from me to arrive in your inbox soon. The company is known for uncompromising adherence to traditional techniques and standards. says: April 19, 2020 at 7:18 am. These fine oil colors are prized by professional artists around the world for their brilliant color, buttery texture, outstanding lightfastness, and excellent long-term performance. The best thing to do is experiment and play and not go whole hog just because someone else says you should. Required fields are marked *. I have tried the Zen brushes as a cheap alternative to the Robert Simmons Platinum (which I love) as well. Each of the more than 170 colors in the line possesses a unique consistency and texture — some are slightly gritty, while others are extremely smooth. So again, the Utrecht and the Lukas blues dried in a day, and the others took a couple of days. These fine oil … Does it compare well with Blockx, Old Holland, Michael Hardig? A Utrecht series 207 Flat size 10 oil painting brush. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. All classes have been postponed at this time. I particularly love the Robert Simmons 3/4″ short handle glaze. 972-679-1625 The result is an even consistency across the entire palette of color. Rembrandt Oils are highly durable and are produced with the highest color strength possible, using valuable, costly, pure […], PROSPECTUS:_Old Holland has been making artist colors since 1664, making it one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the art supplies industry. Walnut oil provides rich, vibrant color that is naturally […], PROSPECTUS:_Holbein ranks as one of the world’s finest lines of professional oil colors. Most companies are working on synthetic replacements – I’ll be sure to try some of them soon to see if any are ‘worthy’ replacements. If I had to guess how brands rate regarding drying time, I would say that in general, Lukas are fast, Utrecht are not far behind and faster than some other brands. I haven’t tried the Ivory series. I am not pleased at all, especially since I have 1,200 invested in them. All color making is done by hand, and all processes are controlled by artists. I hope you get to somehow put those brushes to good enough use to make the investment worthwhile. It is more suitable for white and light-colored paints beacause of its light color. I am really happy with the several other brands that I now use. So I thought I would try out some Egberts that have the same basic shape. They might use Zinc-Calcium-Zirconium octoate composition. I know I’m coming in a bit late, but I wanted to comment that your friend Bill’s work may not be around for as long as it could be if he’s using student grade paints. Specifications: No, I don’t think they’re as good as Blockx or Old Holland, but they’re a lot cheaper! Holbein maintains its quality standards by test inspection of pigment […]. I bragged only from the rave review of my fellow artist friends. They are probably your best bang for the buck, especially if you can get 25% off and free shipping (they have these sales at least every month it seems). Like Liked by 1 person. I have some Rosemary brushes that I have not used a lot yet, so I can’t comment. this makes sense and is very informative. The first time I saw him painting back in the 90’s I thought ‘this guy is crazy, he can’t produce good work with brushes like that’ – he sure proved me wrong! I would recommend you start with say a size 8 from a few different types of brushes and try them out, rather than buying brushes in multiple sizes. I bought the size 8 from Wind River Arts for $6.07 – the same size 209 from Utrecht is $5.93. My Coast to Coast Plein Air Adventure was just weeks away so I decided it might be a good opportunity to put a few Rosemary brushes to the test against the Utrecht oil paint brushes in my collection, especially since Utrecht chose to discontinue one of my favorite brushes – the 207 series. PROSPECTUS: Utrecht has been carefully handcrafting Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors in its Brooklyn, New York, mill for more than 50 years. I paint mostly portraits & landscapes, alla prima and in layers also (2 or 3). So if you like a brush that holds a lot of paint it might be just the brush for you. After cleaning them in turp. I think the pigment load in Utrecht is just fine and I’ll keep on buying them. The Rosemary Master Series 279 Long Flats and the 272 Long Rounds are also keepers. While the Utrecht is a few cents cheaper and an excellent brush, the bristles are also about ¼ inch shorter – that extra length in the bristles adds some nice spring and fluidity to the strokes. I don’t think it is a potential problem, Winsor Newton uses the very same oils in their paint line, along with a number of others. None of the Egbert brushes match up to the Utrecht 103 X-Long Filbert, so that will remain a staple.