Carl Plansky founder and owner of Williamsburg Paints has always been interested in pigments oils mediums and old-world recipes. Wherever he traveled he would research the history of painting and the relationship between painters and paintmakers. In France he bought colors from the houses that made paints for Monet Matisse and Cezanne.
Carl analyzed their paint to see how fine or coarse the grind was and to determine where they found their pigments and oils. With this same passion he searches for the most beautiful raw materials in the world importing pigments from dozens of countries. Getting the proper pigment is just the beginning. So much of the quality of oil paint is in the grinding. Each color is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment. Some of our paint will feel slightly gritty; some extremely smooth.
Our Cerulean Blue will have a beautiful velvet light-absorbing surface with an extremely strong covering power; our siennas will often be chunky or gritty to allow light to travel through the vehicle exposing rich golden or mahogany undertones instead of just heavy dull browns. Employing the techniques of 19th century French colormakers Plansky’s pigments are made in small batches ensuring the ultimate in quality control.