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Elizabeth writes about Rublev Colours Artist Oils:
“I immediately noticed a difference in my paintings when I began using the Rublev Colours Artist Oils. The pigments are rich and powerful, even the more subtle ones. The paints have a full-bodied, palpable quality that completely out-competes your typical art store variety. There are no fillers, so each tube lasts a long time. As a cost-conscious working artist, this is so important for me. Since you are using the oil paint in its purest form, it can handle a variety of mediums to manipulate its performance in a very immediate way. I use these colors for most of my painting applications—both for alla prima and long-term work.”
“My palette is fairly extended based on how I work in alla prima. Each color serves a different and important purpose. Because I paint directly, I prefer to have a variety of colors available to me so I can work quickly and vibrantly. Below are some notes on why I have chosen each color featured on my palette.”
“‘Direct painting’ refers to the practice of expertly mixing up an appropriate color based on immediate observation, rather than building up a painting with multiple thin glazes.”
|Colors included in the Elizabeth Zanzinger Basic Palette|
|Color Swatch||Item Code||Series||Color Name|
|820-205||2||Rublev Colours Nicosia Green Earth is a transparent deep green with yellow undertone, medium grained and low tinting strength. Our Nicosia green earth is from glauconite deposits in Cyprus.
Elizabeth notes: “Nicosia is a beautiful hue for greens found in fleshtones. Both subtle and vibrant.”
|820-303||1||Rublev Colours Blue Ridge Yellow Ocher is a semi-transparent golden yellow, very fine grained and has a buttery consistency. Our yellow ocher is a single pigment color made of natural earths from ocher deposits in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.
Elizabeth notes: “This is my favorite color, hands down. It is a brilliant earth ochre and a reliable workhorse for figure painting.”
|820-310||4||Rublev Colours Chrome Yellow Primrose is lead chromate/lead sulfate, obtained synthetically as a yellow crystalline powder by precipitation from a solution of a lead salt. Chrome yellow primrose has good hiding power with bright yellow hue and average tinting strength.
Elizabeth notes: “I use brighter colors to achieve the visual brilliance found in nature. This is a solid replacement for a cadmium yellow.”
Rublev Colours Orange Molybdate is a brilliant orange pigment made by coprecipitation of lead chromate and lead molybdate in the presence of lead sulfate. Molybdate orange has been widely used in coatings for many decades during the 20th century because of its bright color and high hiding power. Orange molybdate had a brief history of use by artists for several decades in the last century.
|820-616||2||Rublev Colours Cyprus Burnt Umber is an opaque brown with high tinting strength, medium grained and, like most Rublev Colours Artist Oils, brushes "long" in the direction of the brush stroke.
Elizabeth notes: “I use this umber as a fleshy brown good for darks and as a warm neutralizer.”
|820-803||5||Rublev Colours Lead White #2 in filtered, pale walnut oil is an opaque white that is soft and slightly ropy. Lead White #2 is a brighter white than our first flake white (also known as Cremnitz white) because of the paler walnut oil.
Elizabeth notes: “This lead white is a rockstar. It has a robust painterly consistency that works well as a semi-opaque white. It is strong enough for alla prima, but also sensitive enough for indirect painting or crisp form modeling.”
|820-920||3||Rublev Colours Blue Black is an opaque cool black with good tinting strength.
Elizabeth notes: “A cold counterpart to Roman Black.”
|Optional Colors in the Elizabeth Zanzinger Extended Palette|
|Color Swatch||Item Code||Series||Color Name|
|820-105||2||Rublev Colours Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade) is an intense deep blue with redish-undertones when mixed with white from an inorganic pigment of sodium aluminum silicate composition. It is a transparent, fine grained color with high tinting strength.
Elizabeth notes: “This blue bridges the divide between warms and cools and mixes well into a variety of lights and darks.”
|820-111||2||Rublev Colours Prussian Blue (Milori Blue) is a black-blue of ferric ferrocyanide with high tinting strength, fine grained and a 'short' buttery paint.
Elizabeth notes: “So rich and dark, I never thought I would renew my admiration for Prussian Blue, but it has made its way back on my palette in a big way.”
|820-226||5||Rublev Colours Cinnabar Green is a name that denoted a composite pigment of chrome yellow and Prussian blue, providing a wide range of hues from dark to light tones. We found 19th century formulas for cinnabar green composed of chrome yellow primrose and Prussian blue forming the basis of our Cinnabar Green.
Elizabeth notes: “This is a gorgeous glowing color and a must-have for figure painting.”
|820-508||10||Rublev Colours Vermilion is an intense red found in historical painting since antiquity. It is opaque, has good tinting strength and smooth grained.
Elizabeth notes: “There’s a reason this color is so sought after. It’s absolutely bloody and beautiful.”
|820-513||4||Rublev Colours Transparent Mummy is a semi-transparent red with orange undertones, fine grained, low tinting strength and brushes "long" in the direction of the brush stroke.
Elizabeth notes: “This color is my version of Burnt Sienna. I use this gentle earthy paint as a transparent modifier of other colors, including my darks.”
|820-531||4||Rublev Colours Tuscan Red is dark red with bright cherry tints when mixed with white or applied thinly. It consists of equal parts by weight of hematite (red iron oxide) and terra alba (calcium sulfate) and a small amount of alizarin.
Elizabeth notes: “I hesitate to use colors like Alizarin mixed into my paint directly. Tuscan Red has been a perfect solution. It satisfies my need for a cool red, but should adequately preserve results over the long-term.”
|820-610||1||Rublev Colours French Raw Umber is a semi-transparent, deep greenish brown with good tint strength, fine grained and, like most Rublev Colours Artist Oils, brushes "long" in the direction of the brush stroke.
Elizabeth notes: “This is a greenish brown that I use for underpaintings and as a cool neutralizer.”
|820-702||3||Rublev Colours Purple Ocher is bluish red with average tinting strength. It is semi-opaque, fine grained, goes on smoothly and brushes 'long' in the direction of the brush stroke. Our purple ocher is from iron oxide earth deposits containing augite porphyry from the Lori province of Armenia.
Elizabeth notes: “I often use this in the shadows straight out of the tube.”
|820-906||1||Rublev Colours Roman Black iis a single-pigment color comprised of a natural black earth; a dense, opaque, heavy color that is permanent. It is comparatively neutral in undertone and is non-greasy, when compared to carbon blacks.
Elizabeth notes: “I like this black because it has more personality than the standard Ivory Black. It is warmer, a little lighter, and has a great earthy feeling coming off the brush.”
Note: Colors swatches are shown in mass tone, straight from the tube, on the left, and mixed with an equal amount of white on the right. All pictures of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors the results you get may vary.