A great landscape color
This is a very useful color to me for landscapes, particularly for shadows in foliage, and in tints for sky effects. I recently used it combined with French raw sienna light (actually a dark olive sienna) to create the colors of water in a stream. That worked very well. It is similar to Payne's Gray but leans more toward purple, a hue that is close to the old master's smalt. I'm very glad to have it in a pigment mix that makes it easy to make consistent batches. It's handling is "long," a nice paint behavior for some texture effects. My only complaint is that this is an expensive way to arrive at the color. I have been making my own mix using ultramarine blue, black, and purple, or ultramarine blue and a deep red, and they are very close (but ultramarine is a bit hard to make by hand, perhaps justifying cobalt blue instead). For the convenience of a pre-mixed, highly useful color, I will certainly continue to buy it.
Reviewed by: Jan McDonald from Arizona.