Williamsburg Handmade Oil 

Williamsburg Handmade Oil

Williamsburg Paintmaking Philosophy

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 colors will feel slightly gritty; others extremely smooth. Our Cerulean Blue will have a beautiful velvet...

Williamsburg Paintmaking Philosophy

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 colors will feel slightly gritty; others 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.

Pigments are ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined linseed oil and made in batches no larger than five gallons at a time. This gives us total control over the product, much like the late nineteenth-century French color makers. All the materials are hand measured, and every ounce of paint is scrutinized. The paint is packed in 37 ml and 150 ml non-reactive aluminum tubes. Larger quantities of paint are packed in aluminum cans using only the purest materials.

Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors are used by the world's finest artists whose work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Beaubourg in Paris.

We give technical advice to artists, museums, and conservators throughout the world and welcome your questions and comments. We look forward to having you experience the pleasure of using our paint. We are very proud of it.

History of Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors

In the mid 1980s Carl Plansky began making paint for himself and his friends in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He had no intention of turning his passion into a business, but the interest of his fellow artists escalated to a point where the business of 'Williamsburg Art Supply' was established out of necessity.

Beginning with a small milling machine provided by painter Milton Resnick, Carl's paintmaking operation grew to employ several people and was moved to Oneonta, New York. Never planning or aspiring to a take-over of the oil paint market, Williamsburg's oil paints accumulated a following and international presence while preserving the handmade integrity of the paint.

Carl had always been interested in pigments, oils, mediums, and old world recipes, and enjoyed experimenting with traditional materials. Wherever he traveled he would research the history of painting and the relationship between painters and paint makers.

In France he bought colors from the houses that had made paints for Monet, Matisse, and Cézanne, then 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 continued to search for the most beautiful raw materials in the world, importing pigments from dozens of countries so he could offer them to his fellow artists as paint and dry pigment.

The legacy and integrity of Carl's paint business survived his death in October of 2009. The team he built at Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors has preserved the passion and creativity that Carl imparted under the leadership of Beverly Plansky, Carl's sister and business partner.

In the Spring of 2010 Golden Artist Colors assumed responsibility for realizing Carl's dream for truly unique paints and mediums that reflect not only the traditions of painting in Europe and North America, but the artist's passion that drives them forward. Carl himself claimed that only Golden Artist Colors could make oil paints with the integrity and style of Williamsburg.

GOLDEN and Williamsburg have shared more than geography (Oneonta and New Berlin are just 20 miles from each other), but very similar paths developing paint out of dialog with artists and growing as businesses by responding to artists' needs. Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors is proud to be a member of the GOLDEN family.

Carl's paintings and drawings are represented by the Elder Gallery.

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Williamsburg Oil: Bohemian Green Earth 37ml

Bohemian Green Earth 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Purple 37ML

Cadmium Purple 37ML

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Mars Orange Deep 37ML

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Naples Yellow Itallian 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Olive Green 37ml

Olive Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Green 37ML

Cobalt Green 37ML

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Orange 37ml

Permanent Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Montserrat Orange 37ml

Montserrat Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Persian Rose 37ml

Persian Rose 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Quinacridone Gold Brown 37ml

Quinacridone Gold Brown 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Sap Green 37ml

Sap Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Teal (Greenish) 37ml

Cobalt Teal (Greenish) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Alizarin Crimson 37ml

Alizarin Crimson 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Alizarin Orange 37ml

Alizarin Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Alizarin Yellow 37ml

Alizarin Yellow 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Brilliant Yellow Pale  37ml

Brilliant Yellow Pale 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Brilliant Yellow Extra Pale  37ml

Brilliant Yellow Extra Pale 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Brown Ochre 37ml

Brown Ochre 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Brown Pink 37ml

Brown Pink 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Brown Umber 37ml

Brown Umber 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Burnt Sienna 37ml

Burnt Sienna 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Burnt Umber 37ml

Burnt Umber 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Green 37ml

Cadmium Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Green Light 37ml

Cadmium Green Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Lemon 37ml

Cadmium Lemon 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Orange 37ml

Cadmium Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Red Deep 37ml

Cadmium Red Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Red Light 37ml

Cadmium Red Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Red Purple 37ml

Cadmium Red Purple 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Red Medium 37ml

Cadmium Red Medium 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Yellow Extra Deep 37ml

Cadmium Yellow Extra Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Red Vermilion 37ml

Cadmium Red Vermilion 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Yellow Deep 37ml

Cadmium Yellow Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Yellow Light 37ml

Cadmium Yellow Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Canton Rose 37ml

Canton Rose 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cerulean Blue (Genuine) 37ml

Cerulean Blue (Genuine) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Chromium Oxide (Green) 37ml

Chromium Oxide (Green) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cerulean Blue French 37ml

Cerulean Blue French 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cadmium Yellow Medium 37ml

Cadmium Yellow Medium 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cinnabar Green Light 37ml

Cinnabar Green Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Blue 37ml

Cobalt Blue 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Turquoise Bluish 37ml

Cobalt Turquoise Bluish 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Blue Deep 37ml

Cobalt Blue Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Teal Bluish (Deep) 37ml

Cobalt Teal Bluish (Deep) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Turquoise Greenish 37ml

Cobalt Turquoise Greenish 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Violet Deep 37ml

Cobalt Violet Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Violet Light 37ml

Cobalt Violet Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cobalt Yellow 37ml

Cobalt Yellow 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Dianthus Pink  37ml

Dianthus Pink 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Courbet Green 37ml

Courbet Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cyprus Orange 37ml

Cyprus Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Davy's Grey Deep 37ml

Davy's Grey Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Dutch Brown (Transparent) 37ml

Dutch Brown (Transparent) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Cold Black 37ml

Cold Black 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Earth Green 37ml

Earth Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Egyptian Violet 37ml

Egyptian Violet 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Fanchon Red 37ml

Fanchon Red 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Graphite Grey 37ml

Graphite Grey 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: German Earth 37ml

German Earth 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Green Gold 37ml

Green Gold 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Indian Yellow 37ml

Indian Yellow 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Indanthrone Blue 37ml

Indanthrone Blue 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Indigo 37ml

Indigo 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Italian Pink 37ml

Italian Pink 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Ivory Black 37ml

Ivory Black 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Lamp Black 37ml

Lamp Black 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: King's Blue 37ml

King's Blue 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Jaune Brilliant  37ml

Jaune Brilliant 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Manganese Violet 37ml

Manganese Violet 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Black 37ml

Mars Black 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Orange 37ml

Mars Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Red 37ml

Mars Red 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Red Light 37ml

Mars Red Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Yellow Deep 37ml

Mars Yellow Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Yellow Light 37ml

Mars Yellow Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Mars Violet 37ml

Mars Violet 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Naples Yellow Reddish 37ml

Naples Yellow Reddish 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Naples Yellow 37ml

Naples Yellow 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Nickel Yellow 37ml

Nickel Yellow 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Payne's Grey (Violet) 37ml

Payne's Grey (Violet) 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Lemon 37ml

Permanent Lemon 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Green Light 37ml

Permanent Green Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Green 37ml

Permanent Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Carl's Crimson 37ml

Carl's Crimson 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Orange 37ml

Permanent Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Red Orange 37ml

Permanent Red Orange 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Yellow Deep 37ml

Permanent Yellow Deep 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Yellow Light 37ml

Permanent Yellow Light 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Perylene Crimson 37ml

Perylene Crimson 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Permanent Yellow Medium 37ml

Permanent Yellow Medium 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Phthalo Blue 37ml

Phthalo Blue 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Phthalo Green 37ml

Phthalo Green 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Phthalo Turquoise 37ml

Phthalo Turquoise 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Quinacridone Magenta 37ml

Quinacridone Magenta 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Prussian Blue 37ml

Prussian Blue 37ml

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Williamsburg Oil: Provence Violet Bluish 37ml

Provence Violet Bluish 37ml

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