This is a special and rare paint, very hard to come by, I don't know of anyone else making it. The pigment for this paint is sourced from peat bogs in Russia.
Until relatively recently painters throughout history have always deeply respected the colour blue as it is very hard to find natural sources of it. Hence the use of Lapis Lazuli which for a long time came from just one mine in Afghanistan and yet found it's way to the Italian and Northern Renaissances and the ancient Egyptians.
This is a natural blue earth and in my opinion equally as special as Lapis, although different in hue and handling.
In masstone, a dark, greyish blue. Under the palette knife It has a quite a thin feel and almost transparent once flattened out on a white ground, however the pigment particles remain very dark, similar to a natural indigo.
You can feel the pigment particles but they are not obtrusive, I suspect pigment size is important it maintaining a good rich hue. It feels earthy.
It is a gentle tinter but this for me is where it shines, it makes smokey blue tints with a distinct earthy depth. The tints get more beautiful the higher value they are (the more white added) when muted, gentle blue greys are created.
This paint would work very well on a landscape palette.
It is expensive however maybe to help understand why below is a wonderful video showing just some of the work involved in preparing this pigment, never mind sourcing it (very labour intensive) and making it into paint.
Pigment - Vivianite/Blue Ochre
Binder - Cold Pressed Linseed Oil
Opacity - Opaque
Drying Time - Average
I haven't used this particular colour yet, but I am so impressed by the quality and advice regarding the paints that I have purchased from Supreme Paint and the incredibly fast service. Well named!
well, it was on a palette of Rembrandt and Vermeer, so I had to have it :D
but, it ius impossible to mix such a tone. You can actually mix it with some blue, brown and white, but white would make it very opaque and it would loose its penetrability in a philosophical way. True blue earth. No need to mention, that from Seymours its stunningly done. I have no idea, where I will use, but when I will need it, it will be there :))
I was going to use this for forget-me-nots but too green, but have used it for a white dog I'm painting for those blue highlights in the white, so perfect. Such a gorgeous colour and will go a long way. I will find something this colour to paint - as just soooo gorgeous. Perfect. Thank you for creating it, amazing.