Flake white is critical for oil painting. I buy flake white from RGH, Blue Ridge, and (occasionally) Utrecht. I discovered this past weekend that Utrecht doesn’t sell flake white any longer. This unwanted discovery kills the Utrecht brand for me. Their oil paint is decidedly on the low-end of professional brands. Except for their flake white, they don’t produce a single color I consider exceptional.
Even the comparable Rembrandt brand makes one color I enjoy. I like the transparency of Rembrant’s raw umber.
When my tubes of Utrecht flake white run out, that’s it. The flake wite on today’s palette is among the last of its kind.