Perhaps the most under-appreciated of the Whites, Zinc Oxide was first used in 18th century France, and its early misuse as a canvas primer seems to have frightened artists away from examining its unique qualities. It has a cool transparency and a subtle power enabling one to create slightly hued mixes which retain their chromatic intensity and brightness, unlike those made by the blasting strength of the Titanium Whites. The softness of its surface when dry is not a disadvantage when it is used in this way, as the better drying paints will strengthen the mix.
£24.96 £18.72PR 177 Anthranaquinone. Slow Drying. Transparent. Good Lightfastness. High Linseed Oil Content.
Alizarin Claret has a lighter tone than that of Alizarin Crimson with greater resistance to UV light. Perfect for portraitures, landscapes and non-figurative works due to its versatility and beauty.
£24.96 £18.72PR 83. Slow Drying. Transparent. Good Lightfastness. High Oil Content.
This paints clarity and subtly beautiful bluish undertones are unique, and, since its introduction, portraitists have greatly prized its range of cool, rather smoky hues, so well suited for rendering facial flesh.
Amethyst is one of the newest colours form Michael Harding. It is a mixture of three well known colours ultramarine, quinacridone red and dioxazine violet pigments that produces an incredible hue.
£47.42 £35.57Y40. Average Drying. Transparent. Excellent Lightfastness. Average Oil Content.
A transparent straw-ochre yellow with strange yet rich greenish undertones.