Of the three shades of Lapis from Wallace Seymour, this one quite magnificiently, has a leaning towards green. It is hard to write about these Lapis paints without overuse of superlatives and the phrase 'I have never seen...'
So...I have never seen a Lapis which leans towards green, although the hue is fundamentally blue, this leaning gives the paint a unique beauty.
Having spent a lot of time painting en plein air, the hardest colour to capture is the mysterious slightly green part of a blue sky near the horizon. This paint has that hue!
It seems slightly more transparent than the other varieties and also has the slight grittiness in feel like the others, the pigment size is deliberately left slightly larger in order to maximize the chroma.
In tints with white, it stands up well and provides a wide range of soft, muted, blues, the subtlety of which couldn't be acheived with any other pigment.
This 'Mantegna' Lapis in combination with the violet leaning 'Tiziano' Lapis would provide pretty much the entire blue spectrum using only Lapis!
Pigment - PB29
Vehicle - Single Estate Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Opacity - Semi-Transparent
Tint Power - Low/Medium