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Old 09-06-2011, 09:34 AM
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

Good info...Thank you...I'll have to give this brand a try
as I have never used them.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

I just got a few of these in. I'm already loving the Hematite violet. I have a natural tendency to shy away from purples because they can be so wild and overpowering but this color is fairly easy going. I expect it to have a prominent place in my palette.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

I have to say, this is very good colors, its like you dont have to mix colors because you already have them.

if i had a palette like this, i would do like 5 times better.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

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I'm already loving the Hematite violet.
Fantastic paint, isn't it? Yum!
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its like you dont have to mix colors because you already have them.
That's one thing I love about earth colors: many of them are already close to the colors I need to mix in portraiture. They do have their limitations, of course...

An update: The Magnetite Genuine, which at the time of the OP I wasn't using much, is now on my palette for nearly every painting. It is a near-perfect black for skin tones: very low tinting strength for a black, pretty much on a par with the other earth colors; and not as dark as other blacks (it's visibly a very dark gray, rather than black). Those who do a lot of portraiture or figure painting in oil might consider adding it (but not if you're using strong tinters - the MG will disappear, as I learned recently mixing it with vermilion).

I continue to use the Arizona Brown Ochre a lot, in fact it has become my go-to paint for underpaintings. I much prefer its low tinting strength and semi-opacity to the burnt umber I used to use. I don't use it in regular mixing much because I hate how quickly it dries. But it's perfect for underpaintings. Here's an example of an underpainting using the ABO and Kama Lead White:

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Great portrait, llawrence! Your style, technique, composition and paints are perfect.
I love natural pigments soft tone and transparency! My natural Feodosian brown earth is translucent dark brown with low hiding power. Good for glazing and shading but not for underpainting. Also I found an interesting red colored stones, and after grinding, prepared a pigment powder. It looks like "Red Iron Stone" paint.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

Thank you Gigalot! We share the same interests.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

Hi. Llawrence! I found an interesting natural paint :

"Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine 37ml Tube, DANIEL SMITH Original Oil Color

Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine comes from the Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Arizona."
http://www.danielsmith.com/ItemImages/Large/p71592b.JPG

Sounds good!
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

I have been meaning to try that one out! It does look very nice. I've also thought about buying some low-grade (soft) rough turquoise and try grinding it up myself. Ah, so much to try, so little time...
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

Thanks for posting this. I really learned a lot of things that I can actually use on my work. This is surely an upgrade to what I previously do.

Cool info!
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

My 3 tubes arrived a few days ago, and I immediately put the brown ochre to work. The eyebrows in a portrait were not working, and I'm still in Kindergarten, so didn't know how to lighten the umber I was using to get the right color. The Arizona Brown Ochre right from the tube--oil thinned to flow--works beautifully. I also got the hematite violet, on your say so from a differet thread ad because I didn't have any purples, and the magnetite genuine. After I got it, I looked at the other naturals, and wished I had also ordered the yellow ochre, the red, Brown Ochre Geothite, well, ALLthe others. I don't think I can justify their purchase right now, but may splurge. even though I promised myself NO MORE PAINT!
I plan to do the challenge using the earth pigments, and I may have to buy a few more for that.
Do you know anything of the reflectivity of the various pigments?-are they considered reflective?
Thanks for posting this information. $$$ I think...$$$
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

When I got one, 1956 (!) year tube of natural Umber, depleted long ago and discontinued, I was shocked. It`s color is deep black but surprisingly bright and sienna looking in tints.
I think, some of modern "Umber" imitations are as far from original pigment as Cadmium red + Mars black mixture is far from Alizarin Crimson.
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Re: Da Vinci "Natural Pigment" line of oil paints

oooohhh so pretty.

Very nice indeed. I love the earthy tones. They all look so harmonious sitting on your palette.
I can't wait to get painting with some.

Thanks for sharing
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