Making paint. Making a difference, together.

All twenty of us have been working hard through the pandemic. We've been trying to make a difference, and we're making changes.

Thanks so much to all of you who joined us! In a matter of days, our community of painters purchased every single tube of Equality Orange that we made (1,090 in total). Together we raised $14,715. And as promised, 100% of what you spent on this color has been invested in non-profits that fight for equality and justice.

Besides donating our time and materials, we decided to contribute alongside you, bringing the total raised to $21,000. We listened to you, we researched, and we are proud to announce that we equally divided donations among The Equal Justice Initiative, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the ACLU Foundation (donation designated for Police Reform). 

As a colorhouse with a mission to lead painting into the future, it's also important that we look at ourselves and our own community of painters. And we did. In addition to the contributions mentioned above, we also gave $2,000 in cash and painting materials to @blackgirlswhopaint

Many of you have asked: "Will you guys make Equality Orange again?". We would love to make more and to continue donating to support the fight for equality and justice. When we have more on the way, we'll be sure to let you know. 

Making some changes

Thank you for informing us, inspiring us, and thank you for helping us lead oil painting into the future. When some of you voiced concerns about the name Caucasian Flesh Tone, we listened, we agreed, and we acted. 

This color has always had many more applications than just figurative painting. We wanted to give it a name that reflects its versatility, its personality, and its place in colorspace: Naples Orange


Like Naples Yellow,  it can be used as a very warm white, this one being even warmer. And since its color intensity is moderate, Naples Orange is especially useful for portrait and figure painting, landscape painting, and abstract work.  

Introduced over 30 years ago, this color was formulated to play well with darker colors on our palette that are incredibly useful for portraiture and figurative painting: Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Asphaltum, to name a few. 
We've also decided to change two other color names. Indian Yellow and Indian Red will change to India Yellow and India Red. Both of these colors are very useful, have great stories to tell, and their origins trace back to India. It is important to us that we stay true to the pigments we work with and that we bring out the best in them.

We feel this change better honors the heritage of these colors and better reflects who we are as a colorhouse. As with Naples Orange, there is no change to the pigments or formula for these colors. A change in name only, but a worthwhile and important one. 

A brief update from Gamblin

It has been inspiring and humbling to see so many artists making and taking the time to paint during the pandemic and everything else we are going through as a country. We have been doing our work, too, to make sure you can get what you need and to live our promise to you.

When the pandemic began, we paused Manufacturing for two weeks and sent everyone home with full pay. During that time, we figured out how to manufacture safely and sustainably. And we have. Through it all, we have been committed to investing in our people, products, and operation so we can emerge stronger. And we will. 

We are doing this work so we can all do the more important work: painting. Art has always done the hard work of inspiring, leading, showing truth, challenging us, and ultimately moving us forward. We've been doing our work to move painting forward, too. We'll have some new materials and artistic possibilities for you toward the end of the year. 

On behalf of all twenty of us, thank you for giving us meaningful work as your colormaker. It has meant more to us than ever. 
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