The brands I use most often for the all-import flake white are RGH, Blue Ridge, and Utrecht. I crossed Utrecht off the list after discovering that they’ve added zinc to their Flemish white. I don’t buy the premier brands–Blockx, and Old Holland–anymore because the small manufacturers provide excellent paint at reasonable prices. Blockx is $92 for a 200mm tube. Old Holland is twice as expensive! A 150ml tube from Blue Ridge is $45.
When I buy RGH flake I use it exclusively until it’s gone. The cans that RGH puts their paint in cause the paint to dry faster than tube paint. When I recently exhausted my supply of RGH, I bought two tubes of Bluie Ridge cremintz white.
The Blue Ridge white is stiffer than the RGH version. RGH has more tinting strength; it takes more Blue Ridge white to make a middle-gray than it does RGH. Unless the effect is excessive, this is not a bad thing. Titanium white is the strongest tinting white, which is why so many titanium-made paintings look chalky. Avoid titanium. The Blue Ridge cremintz white reminds me a little of Old Holland cremintz white. OH adulterates their lead with zinc and calls it cremintz white–bah. The Blue Ridge cremintz handles better than the similarly named stuff from OH.
The painting cups in today’s sessions contain the usual assortment. Medium in the left-most cup; linseed oil next used to soak brushes when I set them down; turp, and then OMS. Next, RGH atelier oil 1:2 in turp is used for (infrequent) glazes and open passages. The last cup contains black oil and turp 1:2 used for glazes and close work. It’s darker than the atelier version–I use it rarely. Glazes should be light.