Driven by the golden hue

“The desire of gold is not for the gold, but for the freedom, benefit and power…”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I recently wrote about a watercolour paint colour that I disliked, Viridian. Its important to be postive, so here is one of my current favourites, Quinacridone Gold. Remarkably it is not a blue. First synthesised in 1896. quinacridone compounds were developed into stabilised paints by DuPont in the 1950s. These pigments have exceptional colour and weather fastness. Their dominant commercial use was for automotive paints and coatings. Most quinacridone paints run in the colour range purple to orange, gold is right on the edge of the possible spectrum. Single pigment Quinacridone Gold (PO49) was dropped by car manufacturers in 2001 as consumer tastes changed. Production ceased and stores were used up by 2005. The current paints are a mixture of PY150/PO48 and technically a colour called Quinacridone Gold Hue. #foolsgold #letsmakelemonade

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