On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

My Title is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I stay in the wonderful county of Dorset.  I do the job completely in oil paint as I delight in the richness of the colours and textures you can develop. I’m here to share with you my feelings on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint selection.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been working with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a variety of yrs. I uncover them fantastic high-quality, excellent price for dollars with a very good colour regularity and an substantial selection of colors. The whole 37 colour variety is presented in 60ml tube sizes.  This implies you get a ton of paint for your cash in comparison to other manufacturers.

Importantly, the titanium white is also supplied in much larger 225ml tubes, furthermore just one which is a quick dry. This is particularly useful as we have a tendency to use a ton of white when doing the job with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are made in the United kingdom in tiny batches utilizing the very best pigments making them a serious artist excellent paint but at a portion of the charge of other major brands.  The rate will make them great for any individual pondering of trying oils for the very first time as you’re not place off by the price. On top of that, they are also perfect for any individual who is currently will work in oils and might benefit from employing significantly less expensive paint without sacrificing high-quality.

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

They are thick in regularity when squeezed from the tube.  Enabling you to make a total range of painting techniques from major impasto, to wonderful washes of colour or glazes. Easily thinned down with solvent or any painting medium they do the job nicely on any portray floor, from stretched canvas, portray panels and MDF boards.  

My colour palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The extensive majority of the selection are one pigment colors. They mix very well alongside one another generating some wonderful color mixtures as you can see from some of my colour charts down below.  Over the several years I have been utilizing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have discovered no fading or deterioration of colour. My palette is made up of

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

Wonderful color mixing abilities

I’m always experimenting with my colors to see what excellent mixes of colours I can produce. In the following images show a vary of colours created by mixing paints from the array.

Red-Orange colour mix
Gorgeous oranges designed with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson combine
Mixes of greens
A wonderful vary of greens produced by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have created color charts using Richard Schmid’s approach. This consists of building a pure colour chart with paints, straight from the tube, on the best row and then each and every row down will get lighter as much more white is additional. Then I have established a separate chart for each individual of my colors (colour dominant charts). I have taken the major (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and blended it with the other colours from my palette. So each and every column includes the dominant colour blended with a person of the other colors from my palette. As before the rows downwards then get lighter as far more white is additional to the two combined colors. This is a excellent physical exercise to do, particularly with your most regularly utilized colors, as it reminds you what colours can be reached by cross mixes of colours.

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

In summary

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

I know from knowledge that the cost of oil paints can be off placing for a large amount of fellow artists.  This is why the big manufacturer producers offer you less costly scholar ranges of oil paints.  Nevertheless these university student ranges aren’t as superior as qualified paints.  They really don’t have the very same mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers added.  So why squander your difficult attained revenue on lesser good quality paints when for a bit much more you could be employing Artist high-quality oil paints.

Examine the charge of other brand names and see the variance for oneself.  I carefully advocate employing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not question that you will not be upset.

I hope to give extra details on my painting strategy in a foreseeable future write-up. Joyful painting.


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


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