Winsor and Newton have been manufacturing paints since 1841. There are few more trusted names in paint than Winsor and Newton. Since many artists prefer to mix their own greys, Winsor and Newton's Payne's Grey is an extraordinarily good starting point for a beginner artist who is unsure of their ability to mix their own greys satisfactorily. Payne's Grey is often used in place of black, as it is a more forgiving, subtle and soft color. Payne's Grey is often essential for mixing, and can be used to mute green and yellows, or temper more brilliant flesh tones or even smooth out vibrant oranges. The name Payne's Grey comes form the famous watercolorist William Payne who worked in the late 1700s.