How to Choose the Best Oil Paint for Your Painting?
Well, it’s depend on the purpose of your painting. If your painting is just a practice oil painting, then student grade paints would be suitable, while if you’re painting for hobbies or as a gift for your friend, the artist grade paints is good and if your painting is for sale or for any art gallery, premium grade paints would be a perfect one of your choice.
However, there are additional points to take in to your consideration:
1. Your artistic need – it’s about what paint will be best for you to be able to produce an adequately high quality result. Artistic need oftentimes judge by satisfied, and it may with lower quality paints. For some artist painters, student grade paints will work, depending on subjects and final resting place. For professionals, better paints become more of an issue.
2. Economic need – with all economic issues going all around the world, most people will look for a bargain when they need to shopping, including artist painters as well. As a painter, I need to keep my paints cost less, while still be able to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to all of my customers. Unfortunately that from my experience, most cheap paints seem to not assist me to achieve that, therefore I still need more expensive paints for my painting. And it’s also because the more expensive paints will have quite good quality which will assist in better control of paint, better opacity and transparency, and paints more suited to the technique we like to employ. At last, I will get painting which I can be proud of.
A recent survey on well known on a well known artist forum found the “favorite paint” to be “Winsor Newton” by more than 50% of the respondents (including myself), 25% accept the lower quality and another 25% feel the better quality paints are needed.
Student grade paints– are lower quality paints. These paints usually have less pigment and more “filler”, so the opaque paints are not quite so opaque and the transparent paints tend to be waxy and weak. Some student
paint lines are fairly decent, such as the Maimeri Classico brand or Winsor Newton Winton brand.
Here are some student grade paints:
- DR Georgian
- Van Gogh
- Permalba/Bob Ross
- Classico (best one, no fillers)
Artist grade paints – there is a broad range of artist grade paints which can be used to produce professional results. This is the bulk of paint brands on the market, and they are fairly economical choices, surely produce a better quality than student grade brands. Artist paints feature higher pigment loads, with better pigment quality and more single pigment choices.
Here are some recommended artist grade paints:
- Da Vinci
- Art Spectrum (Australia)
- Lefranc et Bourgeois
- Richeson Shiva
- M. Graham
- Daniel Smith
- Winsor Newton
- Robert Doak
- Natural Pigments
Premium grade paints – include all the best paints with the best pigments, the best production oversight, the best tubes, the best – best! These paints have the highest pigment load, the best opacity, the cleanest transparencies, even when diluted with mediums. These are usually the most expensive, but you get more for your money in most cases. Consistency of the paint is another area where the premium paints shine – they spread well from the tube, or they are so laden with pigment that slight additional oil might be desired to blend to suit the artist.
Here are list of premium grade paints:
- Studio Products
- Blue Ridge
- Maimeri Puro
- Michael Harding
- Old Holland
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