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Colour story: cadmium yellow

Describing a set of tonal variations of opaque yellow rather than a single pigment, the yellow cadmiums range from the lightest, cadmium lemon, to the darkest, cadmium yellow deep. Formulated…

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Colour Story: Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Orange is a bright, warm and opaque colour from the cadmium family of pigments. Its name derives from Kádmos, the founder of Thebes in Greek mythology, credited for bringing…

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Cave paintings to emojis: the journey of yellow 

There’s no other colour that so encapsulates feelings of warmth, energy and positivity than yellow. The yellow smiley face is known universally as a symbol of happiness, but the colour…

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Material Matters: Jo Volley on using Cadmium-Free Artists’ Oil Colour

Jo Volley is an artist and who lives and works in London. Her work is concerned with measurement, space and colour as light and employs a wide range of material…

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Colour story: cadmium-free colours

Winsor & Newton has always been at the forefront of innovation, always driven by artists’ needs – from developing the first glycerine-based moist watercolours in 1835, to introducing glass syringes…

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Colour Story: Cadmium Red

Think of the colour red and it’s most likely you will find yourself thinking of the big emotions. That’s why artists like it so much. Red is an extremely dominant…

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Our Featured Artist: Clare Therese Gray

Clare Therese Gray is a surface pattern designer, illustrator and author. Her work is inspired by the natural environment of her rural Hampshire surroundings. After studying a degree in Painting, she…

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Colour Story: Viridian

A history of Viridian Hydrated chromium oxide is an intense green pigment with a bluish hue, more commonly known in the English-speaking world as Viridian. Viridian comes from the Latin…

Shades of expression: six artists on colour

From ancient painting materials like crushed insects, mineral cinnabars and ash, to their contemporary alternatives, artists have made and used colour throughout history in myriad ways. In the past, colours…

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Plein air painting locations: past and present

En plein air, the familiar term for painting outdoors, was popularised by the French Impressionist painters. Many artists choose this method of painting directly from natural light, not only for…

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Munch and the material world

“In my art I attempt to explain life and its meaning to myself.” These words, written by the adolescent Edvard Munch in his diary, foretold a story of great intensity,…

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Winsor & Newton: Seeing the world through the eyes of the artist

The world is changing. It can be confusing and challenging. In our world, that of the artist, we know that even those brands that innovate and create have to do…