Entries by Tanja Moderscheim

Old pigments painting blog: Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Throughout history, lapis lazuli and the blue pigment that is extracted from it have have occupied a special place in the fine and decorative arts: an expensive, semi-precious stone that for centuries was exclusively sourced fron the rather inaccessible mountains of Badakhshan (today’s Afghanistan). Brought to Europe through the main trading port of […]

Old pigments painting blog: Madder Lake

My paint box: Madder Lake My paint box is one of my favourite things: I’ve managed to exclude any paint developed after 1700, so no cadmiums or synthetic ultramarine for me. I guess that makes me a purist – it’s interesting how you learn things about yourself after a number of decades. So, I have […]

The Dutch Tulip: heritage cultivars

The Dutch Tulip: heritage cultivars From my garden: Zilver Standaard Dutch tulip, 1760   One of the latest Dutch heritage tulips to surface in my garden is also one of my favourites: the Zilver Standaard, a Dutch tulip which hails from 1760. It is part of my heritage tulip collection spanning the 16th to the […]

On the easel in March 2021

See what’s on the easel this month! One of my paintings on the easel this March is a fruit still life. This painting is all about grapes, the old way: using the techniques painters used in 1600’s Holland. I’m also using the pigments that were available to the 17th century Dutch painter, starting with umber […]

Old pigments painting blog: Vandyke Brown

Rembrandt van Rijn,  Saskia van Uylenburgh As Flora, 1641 Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden – Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister inv./cat. no. 1562; Image credit: The Rembrandt Database.   Old pigments painting blog: Vandyke Brown (Cassel Earth, Cologne Earth) I exclusively use pigments that were available to the 17th century Dutch painter – something that fascinates me and also […]