“Getting the White Right” from Robert Gamblin: Zinc, Flake or Titanium?

zinc white, flake white, titanium whiteEvery once in a while, I come across an article on another website that is so informative that it precludes the necessity of writing about the subject myself. This month, I’d like to feature a very enlightening article just posted to the Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors website. Robert Gamblin, the founder of Gamblin Oil Colors, takes us on an in-depth tour of all the different types of white. What’s the difference between zinc, flake and titanium whites? Learn about temperature, drying time, and opacity. And what are Gamblin’s own Quick Dry White (of which I am a great fan) and Radiant White? Here is the direct link to the story:

Getting the White Right at the Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors website

Note: I am not an employee of Gamblin, nor do I receive any compensation for this referral.

While you’re at their site, I encourage you to take a look at the Gamblin Studio Notes section. This is their vault — the place where all their informative articles about materials and painting methods are archived, all in downloadable PDF format. I know of no other oil paint manufacturer that is as dedicated to customer education and service as Gamblin.



About Mitchell Albala

Mitchell Albala is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). A best-seller, the book has sold over 30,000 copies and is regarded as the "new classic of landscape." A respected teaching artist for more than 25 years, Mitchell currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Art School, artEast, and in 2015 Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. He is represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. See his paintings at mitchalbala.com.