On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

Janice K. Johnson

My Identify is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I stay in the beautiful county of Dorset.  I function solely in oil paint as I get pleasure from the richness of the colors and textures you can make. I’m right here to share with you my feelings on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint array.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been using Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a number of several years. I uncover them fantastic high-quality, superb benefit for cash with a very good color consistency and an comprehensive vary of colours. The comprehensive 37 color range is offered in 60ml tube dimensions.  This implies you get a good deal of paint for your money in comparison to other makes.

Importantly, the titanium white is also provided in bigger 225ml tubes, plus a single which is a rapid dry. This is extremely useful as we have a tendency to use a whole lot of white when doing work with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are produced in the British isles in tiny batches working with the very best pigments building them a serious artist high quality paint but at a portion of the expense of other major models.  The selling price makes them suitable for any person wondering of seeking oils for the initially time as you are not place off by the charge. In addition, they are also perfect for any person who is presently performs in oils and may profit from employing a lot less pricey paint without the need of sacrificing top quality.

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

They are thick in consistency when squeezed from the tube.  Enabling you to make a full selection of portray procedures from major impasto, to attractive washes of color or glazes. Easily thinned down with solvent or any painting medium they do the job effectively on any portray surface area, from stretched canvas, painting panels and MDF boards.  

My color palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The extensive the greater part of the variety are one pigment colors. They blend very well with each other manufacturing some attractive color combos as you can see from some of my color charts beneath.  Over the several years I have been utilizing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have uncovered no fading or deterioration of color. My palette is made up of

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

Fantastic colour mixing abilities

I’m constantly experimenting with my colors to see what fantastic mixes of colors I can establish. In the pursuing pictures demonstrate a array of colors created by mixing paints from the selection.

Red-Orange colour mix
Beautiful oranges created with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson blend
Mixes of greens
A wonderful selection of greens produced by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have produced color charts making use of Richard Schmid’s method. This will involve making a pure colour chart with paints, instantly from the tube, on the top rated row and then each row down gets lighter as far more white is added. Then I have made a separate chart for every single of my colours (color dominant charts). I have taken the main (dominant) colour e.g. Viridian and mixed it with the other colors from my palette. So every column consists of the dominant color blended with just one of the other colors from my palette. As in advance of the rows downwards then get lighter as far more white is extra to the two mixed colours. This is a fantastic physical exercise to do, especially with your most usually made use of colours, as it reminds you what colours can be achieved by cross mixes of colours.

Image of  colour chart made with Ken Bromley Artist' Oil French Ultramarine as the dominant colour.
Colour chart designed 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.
In this article the colour chart has been created with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Viridian as the dominant colour.
Image of colour chart with dominant colour of Cadmium Yellow
Eventually, the dominant color made use of in this chart was Cadmium Yellow from Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil array.

In summary

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

I know from encounter that the expense of oil paints can be off putting for a ton of fellow artists.  This is why the huge brand suppliers present more cost-effective student ranges of oil paints.  However these student ranges aren’t as very good as qualified paints.  They do not have the exact same mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers additional.  So why waste your tough attained cash on lesser top quality paints when for a bit a lot more you could be employing Artist good quality oil paints.

Evaluate the price of other manufacturers and see the variance for your self.  I comprehensively endorse making use of Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not doubt that you will not be let down.

I hope to give much more information and facts on my painting system in a long term short article. Happy portray.


See Sean O’Grady’s operate at www.seanogrady.co.british isles or www.petsportraitsstudio.co.british isles, You can keep up to date with Sean on his Facebook web page – Sean O’Grady great art


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