September 23, 2023


Art Is Experience

On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

Image of colour chart with dominant colour of Cadmium Yellow

My Title is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I dwell in the lovely county of Dorset.  I work completely in oil paint as I appreciate the richness of the colors and textures you can make. I’m below 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 working with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a range of decades. I find them great high-quality, great benefit for cash with a superior colour regularity and an considerable range of colours. The total 37 color selection is supplied in 60ml tube dimensions.  This signifies you get a ton of paint for your money in comparison to other manufacturers.

Importantly, the titanium white is also offered in much larger 225ml tubes, plus a person which is a speedy dry. This is particularly helpful as we tend to use a lot of white when doing the job with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are made in the Uk in smaller batches applying the greatest pigments making them a true artist good quality paint but at a fraction of the price tag of other major models.  The value tends to make them great for anyone pondering of trying oils for the very first time as you are not set off by the charge. Moreover, they are also ideal for any individual who is now will work in oils and could profit from applying considerably less pricey paint with out 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 create a entire selection of portray strategies from hefty impasto, to attractive washes of color or glazes. Easily thinned down with solvent or any painting medium they perform properly on any painting area, from stretched canvas, portray panels and MDF boards.  

My color palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The wide vast majority of the vary are one pigment colours. They mix effectively alongside one another manufacturing some lovely colour mixtures as you can see from some of my color charts beneath.  Over the years I have been applying Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have discovered no fading or deterioration of colour. My palette is composed of

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

Good colour mixing capabilities

I’m always experimenting with my colours to see what great mixes of colors I can develop. In the subsequent illustrations or photos clearly show a range of colours developed by mixing paints from the selection.

Red-Orange colour mix
Beautiful oranges built with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson combine
Mixes of greens
A good variety of greens created by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have developed color charts applying Richard Schmid’s system. This entails making a pure colour chart with paints, right from the tube, on the top row and then each row down receives lighter as additional white is added. Then I have made a independent chart for each and every of my colors (colour dominant charts). I have taken the primary (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and combined it with the other colours from my palette. So just about every column is made up of the dominant color mixed with one particular of the other colors from my palette. As ahead of the rows downwards then get lighter as much more white is extra to the two blended colours. This is a great exercising to do, particularly with your most often utilized colors, as it reminds you what colors can be achieved by cross mixes of colors.

Image of  colour chart made with Ken Bromley Artist' Oil French Ultramarine as the dominant colour.
Colour 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 manufactured 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 range.

In summary

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

I know from working experience that the cost of oil paints can be off placing for a great deal of fellow artists.  This is why the major model makers offer less costly pupil ranges of oil paints.  Nevertheless these college student ranges aren’t as fantastic as expert paints.  They do not have the identical mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers included.  So why squander your tricky earned funds on lesser excellent paints when for a bit extra you could be using Artist high quality oil paints.

Examine the price tag of other brand names and see the distinction for on your own.  I completely recommend working with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not question that you will not be unhappy.

I hope to give a lot more info on my portray procedure in a long term post. Pleased portray.

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