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This is a professional line of oil paint formulated to the highest standards. These oils feature high pigment load and excellent mixing power. Color intensities replicate those of handcrafted, limited edition oils produced prior to the invention of the collapsible tube in the 1840s. The consistency is silky, not oily. This enables the artist to paint the thinnest layers or thick impasto brushstrokes with ease.
Using techniques dating back to the days of the Old Masters, Michael Harding creates powerful, intense colors of paint that are both beautiful and durable. No fillers or extenders are used, and no driers are added. This prevents brittleness, cracking, and wrinkling. Because there are no driers, these oils may take longer to cure, particularly in thick applications. To optimize curing time, set your painting in a warm room with good sunlight.
All colors but one in the line are ground in a grade of refined cold pressed linseed oil that is chosen for its neutral acidity to ensure permanence. Titanium White No. 1 is ground in safflower oil.
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beautiful vibrant oil colors
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These are fantastic oil paints
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Great paint brand discovery!
from Miami, Florida
I am pleased with Michael Harding's Artists Oil Colours, and have decided to replace my current favorite brand with Michael Harding. My introduction into this brand was Cremnitz White in Linseed Oil which, is great.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Among the best
By Elwha Painter
I paint with a limited palette of various colors from a few different manufacturers, and Michael Harding is among them. I test different colors out, mixing with others from the palette, and make paint outs to compare, and his Indian Yellow and Bright Yellow Lake have earned a spot on my palette. I keep large tubes for the home studio and small tubes for Plein air in stock.
By mike the artist
from key west florida
it's slightly thicker than i'd prefer
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one of my paintings used with this oil product
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Stack Lead White is truly unique
from Newhall, CA
Having thoroughly researched and tested the old Dutch stack method, Michael Harding has created a remarkable product. Stack lead white cannot be compared to flake white or Cremnitz, it is a different animal entirely. I was first struck by the hefty weight of the 40ml tube and the very thick, paste-like consistency of the paint. It is so difficult to squeeze from the tube that one may wonder how this paint could be used at all, but mix it with a little medium and work up its thixotropic properties and you'll soon realize what a special paint it is. Nothing else comes close to the quality of this pigment and the possibilities it offers. A little goes a long way. This won't replace your trusty lead white, but it will add gorgeous accents you cannot obtain any other way.
I wanted to swoon
from Schenectady, NY
I don't typically purchase convenience colors as they are usually a combo of pigments and I prefer single pigment paints. I bought Michael Harding "Amethyst" because the sample paint out on the Dick Blick sight made it look gorgeous. Let me tell, you, the website does not do this pigment justice! I also had the opportunity to paint out and tint a previously purchased Michael Harding "Crimson Lake" and as another reviewer said, this IS the most gorgeous red in my studio: transparent and glowing with little bias towards yellow or blue. I mixed it with a Gambodge and the oranges were astonishing and transparent. Tinting strength is fabulous. I have seen that other artists keep MH "Yellow Ochre" on their palette so it also must be fantastic. I have Vasari YO right now and LOVE it, but will definitely try Michael Harding when it's time to replace it based on my reaction to these other two paints. Look forward to trying more of their pigments as well going forward. Thanks to Dick Blick, my order arrived, as is always the case, beautifully packaged and "damage-proof"
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
a most luxurious paint to treasure
from Barre, MA
Hey, this is a costly tube of paint, but that is to be expected based on the quality and the ingredients. Being made from true Lapis Lazuli pigment makes it cost more than your average blue. There are not many good alternatives out there other than making it oneself. I trust Michael Harding to do a better job at paint making than I could, and it is getting harder to source good lapis pigment powder. I consider it worth it in this case. I was seeking a true lapis paint such as used in icons hundreds of years ago. Nothing compares with that true beautiful glowing lapis blue. Reminds me of illuminated manuscripts and ancient Egyptian relics. This paint has not disappointed. The color is luminous, and it handles just the way I like paint to handle. Smooth and creamy and not stiff, lovely right out of the tube. If you paint the way I do in glazes or thin layers, this will last a long time. If you paint thickly then it probably is too expensive and the luminosity would be lost anyway. It is a treasure though, and I feel fortunate to have been able to treat myself to it.
Genuine Naples Yellow Light and Dark
These genuine lead yellows are very nice. I particularly find the light version to be highly versatile. It is opaque and can be used like a white allowing high value mixes without sacrificing chroma: works well in fleshtones, subtle greens, etc. The darker version is close to a warmer yellow ochers or high value siennas and could almost be used as one but has a little more edge in mixes and a greater opacity which helps it to hold its value. Neither of these dry like a lead white as you might anticipate but since they are often used in company with a white it's rarely a problem, even a small amount will carry it along. Verdict: (MHGNYL) I haven't found this colour elsewhere (admittedly haven't looked very hard) and it is a highly valuable addition to the pallet. Worth the investment. (MHGNYD): nice to experiment with but I haven't yet found a use for it that can't be met by other pigments --Sidenote MH CREMNITZ: Despite their claims that this is a "fast drying" pigment, it's not, nor is it as stiff as the Old Holland alternative, which at least gives the opportunity to manipulate the handling with the addition of medium. The tube I got was relatively soft paint. Also, not as white as the OH and more transparent. However, can't beat the price and works well to cut the more expensive paint.
from Brooklyn, NY
I love these soft and smooth of texture and colors, so great!!
Beautifully made Oil Paints
High pigment load, creamy consistency, great selection of whites including fast drying Titanium. These are professional grade quality paints at a reasonable price.
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