On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

My Title is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I are living in the beautiful county of Dorset.  I get the job done solely in oil paint as I delight in the richness of the colors and textures you can make. I’m listed here to share with you my thoughts on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint assortment.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been employing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a variety of a long time. I discover them terrific good quality, exceptional price for revenue with a very good color consistency and an extensive variety of colors. The entire 37 colour vary is presented in 60ml tube dimensions.  This indicates you get a lot of paint for your dollars in comparison to other brand names.

Importantly, the titanium white is also supplied in larger 225ml tubes, additionally one which is a swift dry. This is extremely practical as we have a tendency to use a good deal of white when working with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are produced in the British isles in compact batches employing the very best pigments making them a true artist top quality paint but at a fraction of the value of other huge models.  The price tag will make them perfect for any one contemplating of making an attempt oils for the 1st time as you are not put off by the expense. On top of that, they are also ideal for any individual who is at this time is effective in oils and may perhaps benefit from making use of significantly less highly-priced paint without having sacrificing excellent.

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

They are thick in regularity when squeezed from the tube.  Enabling you to deliver a full variety of painting tactics from hefty impasto, to lovely washes of colour or glazes. Very easily thinned down with solvent or any portray medium they do the job very well on any portray area, from stretched canvas, painting panels and MDF boards.  

My colour palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The broad the vast majority of the array are one pigment colours. They mix very well with each other producing some attractive color combos as you can see from some of my color charts underneath.  Over the years I’ve been applying Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have located no fading or deterioration of colour. My palette is made up of

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

Terrific colour mixing capabilities

I’m always experimenting with my colors to see what terrific mixes of colors I can acquire. In the adhering to visuals present a variety of colours developed by mixing paints from the selection.

Red-Orange colour mix
Beautiful oranges built with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson blend
Mixes of greens
A great vary of greens produced by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have created colour charts utilizing Richard Schmid’s system. This includes building a pure colour chart with paints, straight from the tube, on the major row and then each row down receives lighter as far more white is included. Then I have established a different chart for each of my colors (colour dominant charts). I have taken the main (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and combined it with the other colours from my palette. So just about every column consists of the dominant colour blended with 1 of the other colours from my palette. As ahead of the rows downwards then get lighter as much more white is added to the two combined colors. This is a fantastic physical exercise to do, especially with your most usually used colours, as it reminds you what colors can be obtained by cross mixes of colors.

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

In summary

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

I know from encounter that the value of oil paints can be off putting for a whole lot of fellow artists.  This is why the significant brand producers provide less costly scholar ranges of oil paints.  On the other hand these college student ranges aren’t as very good as expert paints.  They don’t have the similar mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers added.  So why waste your tough gained funds on lesser high-quality paints when for a bit additional you could be employing Artist high-quality oil paints.

Evaluate the charge of other models and see the change for your self.  I carefully advise using Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not doubt that you will not be unhappy.

I hope to give additional info on my portray approach in a potential report. Delighted painting.


See Sean O’Grady’s function at www.seanogrady.co.uk or www.petsportraitsstudio.co.united kingdom, You can hold up to date with Sean on his Fb web page – Sean O’Grady fine art


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