Richeson Oils ~ The Shiva Series are a superior brand of oil paint that is made right here at our factory in the United States, alongside our hand-crafted line of BEST Easels. These oils have a rich history and long standing quality.
Richeson uses only pure, artist–grade dry pigments, ground to each one's own correct degree of fineness and then formulated individually under exacting laboratory controls. They are guaranteed to be permanent, free from darkening, yellowing, fading and cracking, and are bound with the finest grade of alkali-refined linseed oil available.
Richeson Oils go through a rigorous series of processes, which ensures an even distribution of the pigment and results in a buttery, even consistency. Because great care must be taken to avoid overworking the pigment, the amount of time required for the milling process varies greatly for each color - anywhere from six hours to three days. Each color of paint that is made must be treated individually.
Last in the process is "resting time" for a minimum of 90 to 120 days before tubing, so that the pigment can reach its maximum absorption level. Richeson tests the paint through the resting process and only after the oil is determined to have reached its prime is the color tubed.
Richeson's commitment to provide only the best of the best does not allow for shortcuts.