R&F Pigment Sticks

4 09 2013

I was in our Port Chester, New York Store the other day and stumbled on a great product...R&F Pigment Sticks!. Now I know R&F’s Pigment Sticks have been around for a few years but I had the privilege of using them for the first time the other day. As a oil painter myself, I was intrigued by the concept of an oil paint in a stick form. When I started to paint with a few sample sticks I was blown away by their creamy quality, their speed of application and their brilliance in color (I got to play with an Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Red as a sample).

At first glance, my application of pigment went down quickly and freely and I was impressed by their coverage but after a while I was became a little concerned about how I was going to achieve some of the detail I was use to in some of my paintings. I quickly got my answer however after going over R&F’s literature. I read that all the tools and techniques I was use to using with my traditional oil painting, I could use with these great sticks. Even my solvents and the mediums, I could continue to use. I also read that I could use my regular tubes of oil paints by mixing them together with the R&F Pigments, or by adding the Pigments over my already painted surface. After I got back to my office I decided to get onto R&F’s website and check out what they had to say further about their product.

nullYou can tell by their presentation, that they really love their product and I’m confident after spending some time reading in depth about their product, they’ll convince you as well. Be sure to check the video by artist Charles Forsberg as he demo’s R&F’s Pigment Sticks. Who wouldn’t want to try these sticks out after seeing this video?

So here is what R&F Pigment Sticks are in a nutshell.  They are a high quality oil paint with just enough natural wax added to maintain a solid stick form. They can be thinned with turpentine or mineral spirits. They can be worked with mediums by dipping them into stand oil, linseed oil, alkyd mediums, or resin gels. They can be mixed along side tube oils or used to draw over dried oil paintings. They can be manipulated with a paint knife until the paint is a buttery consistency so that it can be brushed or knifed onto the surface. You can mix colors on a traditional palette or on the painting itself.  One of the great advantages of Pigment Sticks is that they are very portable. Take a box of them with you in the field or to a modeling session and forget the brushes, palette and solvents. Use them to do preliminary plein air sketches, and then continue larger in the studio.

Check out a few of artist Charles Forsberg paintings and feel the texture. see the color and experience the excitement of this important artist medium!


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