It’s hard for me to understand this but until this week I never used Utrecht brand oils. I’m not sure why this is. I’ve visited their shops in NYC and Cleveland and ordered plenty of other things from them. True, I was disappointed with the easel I bought from them, but that was recent and doesn’t explain why I’ve never tried their oils in the past. Whatever the cause, I rectified it this week.
I bought four tubes including a 150ml tube of the all important flake white. Here is my palette with my usual assortment of straight-from-the-tube colors and mixtures.
- ultramarine violet
- burnt sienna
- Naples yellow
- flake white
- cool grays made from paynes gray and flake white
- warm grays made from ivory black, raw umber, and flake white
- flesh tones mixed from burnt sienna and flake white (between 2 and 4)
Here is the palette after several painting sessions. The flake white is acceptable. This is a big deal because reasonably-priced flake white is becoming harder and harder to find. I will certainly buy more.
Most colors are single-pigment paints, which is a good thing, of course. I like the ultramarine violet. I use this color for cool grays so I use a lot of it. The burnt sienna is too orange for me. This isn’t much of a knock against Utrecht. Many other brands also make too-orange burnt sienna.
The Naples yellow is a blend of several pigments. Utrecht labels many blends as ‘hues,’ (as do other manufacturers), but not all of them. Keep this in mind when buying this brand.
Decent mid-range paint. I updated the Oil Paint Brand reference.