I prefer a buttery, creamy paint; that is easy to manipulate and handle. This is why Michael Harding’s Artists oil colours have become my first choice. The strength of colour in the pigment is evident. There is luminosity that speaks volumes, making my work stand out. The flow, workability, usability and colourfastness of the paint is highly relevant to me.
I have noticed some other brands add less linseed oil into their paint, and this affects the usability and finish. Drier paint gives a matt finish while paint with more flow gives a glossy finish. I have found that tubes of oil paint from other manufacturers with slightly drier contents will become unusable over a year or two, and this is very frustrating, though a hard, dry tube of paint can be useful at times if you require a matt finish. I found that the best solution is to use a medium as mediums improve with handling and can increase the glossy finish.
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