Buying Oil Paints

Oil Painting 101: W. David Price

How to select a core set of oil paints.


Pigment type and tube size: I buy Pre-tested Grumbacher oil paints because they produce more vibrant colors:

   ♦ Buy colored oil paints in the 1.25 fluid ounce tubes.   ♦ Buy TITANIUM WHITE oil paint in the 5 fluid ounce tube.

Core colors: Almost any color can be made by combining the right proportion of the following oil paints. Buy these colors first:

   ♦ CADMIUM BARUM RED (VERMILION HUE)   ♦ ROSE MADDER   ♦ PRUSSIAN BLUE   ♦ ULTRAMARINE BLUE DEEP   ♦ CADMIUM-BARUM YELLOW PALE   ♦ CADMIUM-BARUM YELLOW LIGHT   ♦ CADMUM-BARUM YELLOW DEEP   ♦ YELLOW OCHRE   ♦ BURNT SIENNA   ♦ BURNT UMBER   ♦ IVORY BLACK   ♦ TITANIUM WHITE

Additional paint colors and can be purchased when they are needed for mixing specialty colors:

   ♦ SAP GREEN

   ♦ PAYNE’S GRAY

   ♦ DIOXAZINE PURPLE