What is the Best Oil Paint Brand? And What Oil Paint Colors Do I need?

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What is the Best Oil Paint Brand? And What Oil Paint Colors Do I need?

Best Oil Paint Brand

Oh, I love walking into the art store and looking at all the pretty paint colors!!! But with prices ranging in $7 a tube to $40+ a tube, you can quickly spend a lot of money on the paint you don’t really need and may not even be worth the value. This is why I’m sharing my ebook "Oil Painting Supply Guide" because I do want to save you money on supplies and invest wisely in only what you need

How Did I Define Best Oil Paint

I have tested many paint brands over the years, however, I do recommend one brand, and no they don’t pay me for this; Gamblin Oil Paints.  The reasons I recommend Gamblin are:

  1. The quality is consistent
  2. The pigment lasts a very long time.
  3. Ethically sourced materials and
  4. US Based Company

In the course  “Ultimate Oil Painting Supply Guide”, the video “Which Oil Paints Should I Buy?” provides tips, considerations and demonstrate a side-by-side comparison of 4 french ultramarine blue oil paints (the same paint color!) :

  • Master’s Touch
  • Winsor Newton Professional
  • Grumbacher Academy
  • Gamblin

The quality is evident in the video demonstration provided in the course to the Members, as it is even in this picture!

When I choose the best oil paint, I’m evaluating it on 2 aspects :

  1. how long the pigment lasts with the same level of consistency
  2. how long the pigment lasts mixed with titanium white and the level of color mixture consistency.

The overall winner - based on my observation of the most readily available brands of oil paint, the best oil paint brand is Gamblin.

As a side note, Gamblin is also an ethical product manufacturer,  the cobalt they use is not mined by child labor in the Congo.  They are very strict on their sourcing requirements and they are a US-based company.  This just rounds them out to a company I’ll gladly support with my money.

When you join the Positive Painters Online Artist Community you'll be provided with The Ultimate Oil Painting Supply Guide Course which is FULL of great tips and advice about oil painting supplies that took 2 decades to collect.  Here is what you'll learn:

  • the difference between quality paint and cheap paint in how they perform.
  • the difference between the palette options and why you would choose one over another.
  • where to save your money and invest in quality supplies.
  • the different types of painting surfaces; panels vs. canvas.
  • what the value and purpose mediums and when to use them to make the paint perform differently (dry faster, slower, leave brush strokes, etc.).
  • the different types of brushes and how to care for them.

You'll be provided with:

  • 8 Instructional videos that detail the What, Why, and Hows of Oil Painting Supplies.
  • 8 Downloadable ebooks to take with you to the art supply store or purchase the supplies from the comfort of your home.
  • Closed Captioning is included in each video.

Become a Member to Get - The Ultimate Oil Painting Guide Course and so much more!

What Basic Oil Painting Colors Should I Get?

One of the biggest temptations when purchasing oil paints is to buy all the colors - cause they are so pretty … I encourage you to refrain from buying them all but instead invest wisely in a basic color palette in a quality brand and experiment with how to mix them to achieve the results you want.

My basic oil painting palette consists of:

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Orange Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Sap Green
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Raw or Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium White

With this basic oil painting palette, you have the essential colors in both warm and cool tones. From this, you can create a huge range of colors!

For getting started with quality paint, Gamblin has this fantastic set that has a majority of the paints I use.  In addition to the ones in the kit, you'll also need to grab the following to round out the palette.

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Sap Green
  • Cadmium Orange Medium
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Black

Download the ebook Ultimate Guide To Oil Painting Supplies here. 

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I am an affiliate with Amazon and Blick Art materials which means I may receive commissions when you click my links and make purchases. However, this does not impact my reviews and comparisons. I only advocate products I believe in.

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