Today I received a noticed from Golden Artist Colors Inc. in their Just Paint newsletter that Williamsburg Oil colors are making changes two a few of their paints and discontinuing French Cassel Earth due to lack of availability. You can read the article here.
Now, this had happened to me several times throughout my life where I went to go purchase a pigment, and it was no longer available for whatever reason.
What do you do when your favorite paints and pigments are discontinued? This brings me to two points, one, if you really like a paint color—I mean you really cannot live without it—type of pigment, then buy a ton of it that will last several years and beyond. Cherish it like gold and Lapis lazui.
The second point is to learn how to mix your colors from pigments you know are going to be around for the long haul. This however, might be a bit difficult because so many of the pigments available are so new, and are determined by the industrial manufacturers that do not directly pertain to artist’s pigments, such as car companies.
Several years ago, Europe made a proposal to ban cadmium due to its adverse health effects and environmental issues, you can read it here.
Can you really imagine an age without cadmium yellow light? Currently, I have a cadmium-free palette, but let me tell you, it is not easy to paint cadmium-free because the yellow is so perfect. Hansa Yellow Light is inferior to Cadmium Yellow light, the light-fast ratings even say so. Pyrrole Red and Naphthol also have not so good lightfast ratings compared to cadmiums. Perylene has a lovely lightfast rating, but the pigment is so transparent, it cannot replace Cadmium Red.
The fact that my then favorite pigment went out of style made me pursue the whole can of worms called color theory. It is why in the past you have read so many perfect palettes in my blog(s).
It is not easy bringing in new pigments to your palette. Each pigment acts differently. The colors are not the same when mixing with other pigments. So again, if you have a favorite pigment, BUY MANY TUBES!