It is never fun to announce the loss of a pigment. Many have long histories with Williamsburg and some are even unique to us and us alone. Such was the case with our Zinc Buff Yellowish, made from a rare and special form of Zinc Oxide. We would also be lying if we didn’t share that this was also one of those pigments that was always a bit problematic, drifting a little this way and that, its color relying on the slightest variables during its production that proved to be….well, variable! That said we were committed to carrying it as long as we could. Sadly the only supplier of this pigment recently let us know that is was being discontinued, forcing us to make some hard choices. Do we simply drop the color altogether or try to make a blend to replace it? Even more importantly, can it even be replaced? The difficulty with Zinc Buff Yellowish was how to match its beautiful translucency while holding onto a warm and pale yellow tone. Get one quality, and the other would slip slightly out of reach. In the end, as is so often the case with single pigment colors, there was no way to achieve an exact match, although we were able to hold onto the translucency we felt was essential from the beginning, even while the color grow a touch cooler and ever-so-slightly deeper in the process. As a way to acknowledge these small differences, and reduce confusion, we also decided to give the resulting mixture a new name as well: Zinc Buff Yellow*.
Anyway, while available and ready to ship, Zinc Buff Yellow will probably still take a little while to make its way onto all the shelves and fully replace the remaining stock of older Zinc Buff Yellowish. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts and any concerns. And while announcing the loss of a pigment is never fun, and for some this will clearly mean adjusting your palettes, hopefully it will be to make room for a useful and new found favorite.*Pigment composition of the new Zinc Buff Yellow:
PW4 -Zinc Oxide / PY53 – Nickel Titanate / PY43 – Natural Hydrated Iron Oxide