Sennelier Artist Quality Egg Tempera
Much has been written about the historical importance of this delicate, but enduring archival painting medium. Capable of the strength and the richness of oil painting, it is also produces the delicate subtlety of watercolour wash, drying to its characteristic satin sheen. Evident in the beauty of icons, Sennelier’s century-old formula has proven itself since it does not yellow or deteriorate over time and is an excellent choice for all oil painters as an underpainting base to work up compositions and colours.
In the US in recent years, Sennelier tempera has been increasingly adopted by artists wishing to obtain the unique effects of tempera without the problems of solvents and cleanup of materials. Although these products are water-soluble, they dry to a satin finish which is water-resistant.
Colours are available in 21ml tubes.
Blockx Artist Quality Oil Paints
This small family-owned company has been making artist quality oil paints since 1865. Jacques Blockx, a brilliant early chemist, was sought out by French and Belgian artists for his advice on pigments and as a response, commenced manufacture of his selection of oil paints. The brand is synonymous with the highest of quality where no compromise is made in their manufacture, either in the cost of pigments or the time for manufacture, for they are still made today on the same slow moving stone three-roll mills that have been used for a century.
Amongst the most ardent supporters of this paint have been Rene Magritte and Paul Signac, and of recent times, the technical painting master, Salvador Dali. The concept is that the pigment is not just the colour, but the way it paints irrespective of the pigment and its concentration. The colours have been ground only in cold pressed poppy oil which is around six times the cost of cold pressed linseed oil. Difficult pigments are put through the three-roll mill up to five times to ensure perfect wetting and fluidity with the maximum quantity of pure pigments without a trace of fillers. Many of the colours are unique to Blockx and are a tribute to the vision of the original Jacques Blockx.
Note that Blockx do not make any range other than professional quality. In 1918 the factory employed 14 staff, today they employ only 8, ensuring a semi-handmade quality opposed to mass production paints. Surprisingly, these paints are in the same price bracket as mass produced paints.
Many of these colours are unique and have special mass tones unseen in any other paints, ie, Brown Ochre and Brown Ochre Light, Cassel Earth, Gold Ochre, Italian Earth. Note that colours are priced by pigment and so may appear out of context in pricing, ie. the cobalts which feature in Series 6. Available in 35ml & 200ml tubes.
Sennelier 1887 Impressionist Set
Reproduction set, based on the 1887 painters’ field set sold to the French Impressionist painters for ‘plein air’ painting trips. Comprises 12 x 40ml tubes of colour, plus a large tube of white paint, turpentine, gloss varnish, palette, palette knife, brushes and double dipper.