On Test: Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints

Harmony Cardenas

My Identify is Sean O’Grady and I’m a landscape painter and pet portrait artist. I are living in the wonderful county of Dorset.  I do the job completely in oil paint as I delight in the richness of the colors and textures you can make. I’m here to share with you my thoughts on the Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paint array.


Image of two Ken Bromley Artist' Oil Paint tubes

I have been applying Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints for a quantity of decades. I come across them good excellent, great benefit for money with a fantastic color regularity and an substantial selection of colors. The comprehensive 37 colour selection is available in 60ml tube measurements.  This implies you get a ton of paint for your funds in comparison to other brand names.

Importantly, the titanium white is also available in larger 225ml tubes, furthermore just one which is a swift dry. This is extremely useful as we tend to use a lot of white when functioning with oil paint.

Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints are built in the United kingdom in smaller batches working with the greatest pigments producing them a genuine artist quality paint but at a fraction of the expense of other big brands.  The value tends to make them excellent for anybody imagining of attempting oils for the initial time as you’re not set off by the charge. Furthermore, they are also suitable for any individual who is at the moment operates in oils and may possibly profit from using considerably less high priced paint with no sacrificing good quality.

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

They are thick in regularity when squeezed from the tube.  Enabling you to develop a whole variety of portray tactics from large impasto, to attractive washes of color or glazes. Simply thinned down with solvent or any portray medium they work well on any portray surface, from stretched canvas, portray panels and MDF boards.  

My colour palette

Sean O'Grady's sketchbook

The extensive vast majority of the range are single pigment colours. They combine properly jointly making some attractive colour mixtures as you can see from some of my color charts under.  Over the yrs I’ve been applying 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
  • Uncooked umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium White

Wonderful color mixing capabilities

I’m generally experimenting with my colors to see what wonderful mixes of colours I can create. In the pursuing photos show a variety of colors developed by mixing paints from the vary.

Red-Orange colour mix
Wonderful oranges manufactured with Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin Crimson mix
Mixes of greens
A nice vary of greens made by mixing French Ultramarine with Cadmium Yellow

I have designed color charts working with Richard Schmid’s process. This will involve building a pure colour chart with paints, straight from the tube, on the major row and then every single row down will get lighter as far more white is included. Then I have produced a independent chart for every of my colors (colour dominant charts). I have taken the main (dominant) color e.g. Viridian and combined it with the other colors from my palette. So each individual column is made up of the dominant colour combined with just one of the other colours from my palette. As ahead of the rows downwards then get lighter as a lot more white is included to the two combined colours. This is a great exercise to do, specially with your most usually made use of colors, as it reminds you what colors can be reached by cross mixes of colors.

Image of  colour chart made with Ken Bromley Artist' Oil French Ultramarine as the dominant colour.
Colour chart manufactured 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.
Below the color chart has been created with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Viridian as the dominant color.
Image of colour chart with dominant colour of Cadmium Yellow
Lastly, the dominant color applied in this chart was Cadmium Yellow from Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil array.

In summary

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

I know from working experience that the expense of oil paints can be off putting for a ton of fellow artists.  This is why the significant manufacturer producers give more cost-effective student ranges of oil paints.  Nevertheless these pupil ranges are not as good as experienced paints.  They really do not have the same mixtures of pigment to oil and can have extenders and fillers added.  So why squander your challenging earned revenue on lesser high quality paints when for a bit much more you could be using Artist good quality oil paints.

Compare the price of other brand names and see the variance for oneself.  I completely recommend working with Ken Bromley Artist’ Oil Paints I have not question that you will not be let down.

I hope to give much more facts on my portray method in a long term post. Pleased portray.


See Sean O’Grady’s get the job done at www.seanogrady.co.british isles or www.petsportraitsstudio.co.british isles, You can maintain up to day with Sean on his Fb website page – Sean O’Grady good artwork


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