On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

My Identify is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I reside in the attractive county of Dorset.  I operate solely in oil paint as I delight in the richness of the colours and textures you can make. I’m listed here to share with you my ideas on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint variety.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been applying Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a range of decades. I obtain them good good quality, fantastic benefit for money with a superior colour regularity and an intensive vary of colors. The whole 37 color variety is presented in 60ml tube measurements.  This indicates you get a whole lot of paint for your funds in comparison to other brand names.

Importantly, the titanium white is also offered in bigger 225ml tubes, plus one particular which is a rapid dry. This is particularly helpful as we are likely to use a whole lot of white when performing with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are manufactured in the British isles in tiny batches employing the very best pigments creating them a actual artist top quality paint but at a portion of the price of other huge brands.  The price tag helps make them ideal for anybody considering of making an attempt oils for the initially time as you’re not put off by the expense. Additionally, they are also best for anybody who is at present will work in oils and may perhaps benefit from employing fewer highly-priced paint without having sacrificing quality.

Painting by Sean O'Grady
Sean O’Grady – Watersmeet, Lynton

They are thick in regularity when squeezed from the tube.  Enabling you to produce a whole array of painting techniques from weighty impasto, to stunning washes of colour or glazes. Effortlessly thinned down with solvent or any painting medium they operate perfectly on any painting floor, from stretched canvas, portray panels and MDF boards.  

My color palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The broad bulk of the vary are single pigment colours. They blend properly together manufacturing some attractive color combos as you can see from some of my colour charts beneath.  Over the decades I’ve been using Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have observed no fading or deterioration of colour. My palette is composed of

  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium pink
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French ultramarine
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Violet
  • Cadmium orange
  • Viridian Green
  • Burnt umber
  • Raw umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium White

Fantastic colour mixing capabilities

I’m always experimenting with my colours to see what good mixes of colors I can build. In the pursuing illustrations or photos clearly show a assortment of colours developed by mixing paints from the range.

Red-Orange colour mix
Wonderful oranges built with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson mix
Mixes of greens
A pleasant variety of greens produced by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have designed color charts using Richard Schmid’s method. This includes generating a pure colour chart with paints, right from the tube, on the top rated row and then each row down will get lighter as a lot more white is added. Then I have established a different chart for every of my colors (color dominant charts). I have taken the most important (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and mixed it with the other colours from my palette. So just about every column is made up of the dominant color mixed with a person of the other colors from my palette. As right before the rows downwards then get lighter as far more white is included to the two mixed colors. This is a terrific physical exercise to do, in particular with your most usually utilised colours, as it reminds you what colours can be realized by cross mixes of colours.

Image of  colour chart made with Ken Bromley Artist' Oil French Ultramarine as the dominant colour.
Color chart produced with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil French Ultramarine as the dominant colour.
Image of colour chart that has been made with Viridian as the dominant colour.
Right here the colour chart has been made with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Viridian as the dominant colour.
Image of colour chart with dominant colour of Cadmium Yellow
Finally, the dominant colour used in this chart was Cadmium Yellow from Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil variety.

In summary

Sean O'Grady - Summer Fields & River
Sean O’Grady Summertime Fields & River

I know from expertise that the charge of oil paints can be off putting for a large amount of fellow artists.  This is why the huge brand name makers offer cheaper student ranges of oil paints.  Nonetheless these pupil ranges aren’t as great as professional paints.  They never have the exact mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers added.  So why squander your really hard acquired money on lesser high quality paints when for a bit much more you could be applying Artist excellent oil paints.

Compare the expense of other manufacturers and see the big difference for yourself.  I carefully advocate utilizing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not question that you will not be disappointed.

I hope to give extra details on my portray procedure in a long term report. Happy portray.


See Sean O’Grady’s work at www.seanogrady.co.united kingdom or www.petsportraitsstudio.co.united kingdom, You can hold up to day with Sean on his Fb page – Sean O’Grady wonderful artwork


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