Ultramarine Pigments History

Ultramarine Pigments

Ultramarine Pigments
Ultramarine pigments are a deep blue colour which were originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, literally “beyond the sea”, because the pigment was imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan by Italian traders during the 14th and 15th centuries.
The gemstone was used to make the pigment but was so expensive at $30,000 dollars per Kilo
that it was only reserved for things like the Robes of the Virgin Mary in the Renaissance period.
Due to the fact it was so expensive in 1826 they then started making a synthetic version of Ultramarine Pigments.
Today I watched a youtube video from The Supreme Paint Company, very interesting. Finding out about the origin or pigments for the paints we use.

My name is Kerry Lyons, I live in a little village called King’s Sutton just outside Banbury in Oxfordshire.  Not far away from the beautiful Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire, so endless beautiful countryside to look at.

My Fine Art Publishers their details are below.  They are super people who will be more than willing to help.  They will give you all of the details on price, size and shipping.

John Pope or Sharon 

Image Design Northern Editions 

102 Hammerain House, Hookstone Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8ER



Please also contact me if you would like to have a commissioned piece produced. 

At a young age I started getting interested in art when I found an old drawing book with portraits in that my mum had done. That sparked my imagination for art and I never stopped drawing and painting after that.  As a teenager I would take my sketchbook down to the river and sit and sketch, I have learnt a lot since then. 

Painting animals and quirky sheep, is what I really enjoy.  I am producing several Marilyn Monroe pieces at the moment and take on commission pieces.  I also enjoy doing pet portraits, my prices are on the shop for those.  Acrylic paintings are the most common painting technique I would say that I use, as they are fast drying. This can lead to some problems though and you have to work fairly fast.  Vibrancy of the watercolours and the different effects that you can achieve from them by dropping salt into the watercolours and leaving them overnight to see what the paint does I find fascinating.  I am going to push my boundaries with oil paints this year and hopefully achieve some amazing paintings. 


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