Michael harding watercolour paints
As many of you will know from recent posts, after much deliberation, I finally succumbed to temptation and ordered myself some new watercolour paints from Michael Harding. These arrived a short while ago but I didn’t want to start to use them until I’d run down the existing paints that I already had in my palette.
While I’d been waiting for this to happen, I was pleased to receive my regular newsletter from Jackson’s Art Supplies (where I’d ordered my paints from) that featured this video of Michael Harding talking about and demonstrating some of his new range of colours.
After watching this video, I was excited to try out them out for myself!
I’d ordered the colours that form the core of my palette: French ultramarine; cobalt blue; cerulean blue; yellow ochre; alizarin crimson; burnt sienna and neutral tint:
Here’s a quick video of how I got on with them:
As much as I enjoyed experimenting with some little colour swatches – it still felt all felt quite abstract and I was really keen to get stuck into a painting to see how I fared! Here’s how I got on:
I can’t deny that I really enjoyed painting this and am pleased with the results. Some of the figures still leave a little to be desired, but they’re ok. What I really liked was how the central area of the two statues on either side of the sunlit steps turned out. So much so, I thought it merited a little close-up, partly so there’s a little more detail on the colours too.
These are undoubtedly high-quality paints. The intensity of colour and saturation of pigment is wonderfully rich. I also really like the consistency of the pigments straight from the tube. The colours seem very pure and mix really well together on the paper and in the palette.
Does it mean I’ll be throwing away or selling all of my other paints? I think it’s too early to get carried away! They are great paints and so far I’m really enjoying using them. If I were more patient, I really ought to do some side-by-side colour tests with these paints and my usual Winsor and Newton range to see if I can more specifically isolate any differences between them. Maybe this could be something for next week!?
On the one hand, I’m relieved that I haven’t wasted my money on paints that I just don’t like or don’t feel confident using, while on other hand, I would have liked to have experienced a more radical form of epiphany – but perhaps this was expecting far too much!
Ultimately I do know that new paints are unlikely to transform my paintings but I’m already looking forward to using these colours a lot more over the coming weeks when my experiences and opinions may change. If you’re already delighted with the brand of paint that you already use, then I wouldn’t suggest you change for the sake of change. If however, like me, you’re feeling a little curious to see what other brands might offer – then I’d certainly recommend giving these a try.