Having worked nights over all of Easter --> public holidays. I felt that i deserved a treat. I'm going to upgrade my oil paints.
I inherited my MIL's Paints which are mostly Georgian Oils paints or Winton. With a very occasional W&N artist or Rowney Artist series thrown in. I love the way the expensive paints work. Have been meaning to do it for a while its just been ... on the cards.... I havn't been able to justify a splurge.
While my skill is not necessarily up to justifying a paint upgrade, if i have learnt one thing off this forum is that "If you can afford more expensive paint, you will more likely than not be happy with your choice to upgrade."
Might as well learn with a better quality paint. I really really can't justify OH or M. Harding or Bloxx paints as much as i have drooled over their colour charts and have had no end of advice to get them. I just can't. I would be afraid to use them. W&N i will not be afraid.
I was considering the Art Spectrum paints, but am probably more likely going to get the Winsor and Newton Artist paints. Simply because i have 3-4 and i like the way they work. It might cost me an extra $$ than AS but you know what they say about the "devil you know...
" From discussions here they are a reasonable quality. *On a side note, are they actually any better than Art Spectrum paints???? I have obviously never used AS.*
I am planning to go for a fairly "old fashioned palatte" if that is a suitable term, as i love the earthy muted painting colours with the occasional splurge of vermillion or ultramarine. I do not like to paint modern, impasto, abstract paintings full of super bright colours. I have been playing around with the Georgian equivalents of some of the paints and studied the palattes of artists that i like. the earthy tones also means that the cost of the paints is reduced. Many of the colours that i need are less expensive. However i still need to get those quality Cads and blues. Thankfully I have a W&N Artist Veridian and Rose Madder already saving me $60.
One colour i was having difficulty finding was a close enough copy of Vermillion. I have read the forum here and it suggests that a Cadmium Red Light would do the trick? Does W&N do one of these? The colour chart here --> link
--> Only shows Cadmium Red and Cadmium Red Deep. I would like a suggestion for this colour. If i have to go to a different brand that is all good. Or will the W&N Cad red do the trick??
Paint brands that i have easy access to here in Aussie (that i know of) are: AS, W&N, Rowney Artist, Lefranc Borgois, archival.
Just for interest:
These are the other ones that i am buying/have already in artist grade: --> I don't intend all of these to be on the palatte but wanted to try them. Advice/personal experiences welcome
Fr. Ultramarine (already have W&N)
Phthalo Blue (Already have Rowney Artist)
? Cerulean Blue
Viridian (Already have W&N)
Sap green (Already have Rowney Artist)
Cad yellow medium
**Cad yellow light --> (I Assume this is the same as Cad yellow pale??)
**Cad light red --> (or other substitute for vermillion - suggestions welcome)
?? Cad orange
Rose Madder (Have W&N)
Need perhaps permanent Alzarin Crimson or Crinacridone red ??? --> and suggestions??
Green earth (assume this is Terra verte??)
Venetian Red (Already have W&N)
**Red Ochre --> is this in W&N paints under a different name??
Umbers and Siennas
Oh and i am CERTAINLY buying better whites. Winton White is awful. I have read some discussion on the problems with white and apparently a mix of Zinc and Titanium might be handy? So i was going to buy both and experiment. I just find Titanium too "chalky" for what i want to do.
Anyway this is my research so far. No doubt that when i get them i will probably only use 5 to begin with (not necessarily a bad thing at all) but i can't experiment and try if i don't have them in the basket. The "Hues" just don't seem to be as good.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday.