Saturday, September 11, 2010
Sad Changes for Williamsburg
In June of this year, Golden Artists Colors, Inc. bought out the much loved Williamburg Oil Paint company. Finding out about this I feared Golden would make changes to Williamsburg's great paint line. Golden promised that no changes would be made and that they would continue Carl Plansky's legacy by not compromising the quality and integrity of the paint brand. Changes do happen no matter how much the opposite was promised. I just got word that Golden has discontinued production of four colors from Williamsburg's color line. The colors are Permanent Red Orange, Permanent Yellow Green, Cobalt Green Pale, and Indanthrone Blue. This has come a few short months after Golden discontinued Intense Black. The discontinuation of the these five colors does not hinder my working process, but I'm sure that there are other artists who might depend on these colors for their work. The biggest offense to me is that Golden is tampering with a high quality product that needed to be left untouched. What's next for the future of Williamsburg? I am not a Debby downer, but I'm starting to see grey skies and, hopefully not, poorly made paint. Oh, FYI, according to Golden, Williamsburg's Sun Thickened Linseed Oil is "temporarily" unavailable.