On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

My Title is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I dwell in the beautiful county of Dorset.  I do the job completely in oil paint as I take pleasure in the richness of the colours and textures you can create. I’m here to share with you my thoughts on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint vary.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been working with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a number of a long time. I uncover them good quality, outstanding value for cash with a very good colour regularity and an considerable assortment of colours. The entire 37 colour array is supplied in 60ml tube measurements.  This indicates you get a whole lot of paint for your cash in comparison to other brand names.

Importantly, the titanium white is also made available in larger 225ml tubes, plus just one which is a swift dry. This is really useful as we have a tendency to use a good deal of white when working with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are made in the British isles in tiny batches utilizing the very best pigments making them a serious artist excellent paint but at a fraction of the cost of other major makes.  The price tag can make them best for everyone wondering of attempting oils for the initially time as you are not place off by the expense. Also, they are also excellent for any person who is at the moment is effective in oils and might reward from working with significantly less costly paint without the need of 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 generate a comprehensive assortment of portray tactics from heavy impasto, to wonderful washes of colour or glazes. Very easily thinned down with solvent or any painting medium they work very well on any painting surface area, from stretched canvas, portray panels and MDF boards.  

My color palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The extensive the greater part of the range are single pigment colors. They blend nicely jointly producing some lovely color combinations as you can see from some of my colour charts below.  Over the yrs I have been employing Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints, I have located no fading or deterioration of color. My palette is composed of

  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium crimson
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French ultramarine
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Violet
  • Cadmium orange
  • Viridian Green
  • 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 adhering to illustrations or photos demonstrate a range of colors established by mixing paints from the selection.

Red-Orange colour mix
Gorgeous oranges designed with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson blend
Mixes of greens
A awesome assortment of greens created by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have made color charts making use of Richard Schmid’s process. This entails producing a pure color chart with paints, specifically from the tube, on the major row and then every single row down gets lighter as more white is added. Then I have designed a separate chart for each and every of my colors (colour dominant charts). I have taken the major (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and mixed it with the other colours from my palette. So every single column incorporates the dominant color mixed with one of the other colors from my palette. As ahead of the rows downwards then get lighter as a lot more white is additional to the two combined colours. This is a fantastic work out to do, primarily with your most frequently employed colors, 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.
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.
Listed here the colour chart has been built with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Viridian as the dominant colour.
Image of colour chart with dominant colour of Cadmium Yellow
Ultimately, the dominant color applied 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 encounter that the price tag of oil paints can be off putting for a great deal of fellow artists.  This is why the big brand name makers offer less expensive college student ranges of oil paints.  Even so these pupil ranges are not as very good as specialist paints.  They never have the similar mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers additional.  So why squander your difficult gained money on lesser high-quality paints when for a bit much more you could be working with Artist quality oil paints.

Review the charge of other makes and see the distinction for yourself.  I carefully advise using Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not question that you will not be unhappy.

I hope to give extra facts on my painting strategy in a upcoming report. Joyful painting.


See Sean O’Grady’s function at www.seanogrady.co.united kingdom or www.petsportraitsstudio.co.united kingdom, You can keep up to day with Sean on his Facebook website page – Sean O’Grady good art