I am looking into getting some oils to noodle around in. I'm trying to very carefully plan the most minimal palette I can get away with, since my parents have graciously offered to treat me to an art supply run for my birthday and I want to be as frugal as possible. If you guys think the quality of supplies is really critical I may just elect to go with just 2 or 3 paints to get a feel for the medium.
First off, do you guys have brand recommendations? I'm used to buying my good old $5 tubes of acrylic (Liquitex and Liquitex Basics) and I see that you can get comparable prices on brands like Grumbacher and Van Gogh, which aren't terribly reviewed online, as far as I can see. I will probably end up at Texas Art Supply, which carries the following brands
- Bob Ross
- Daler Rowney
- Old Holland Classic
- Van Gogh
- Winsor & Newton
(More details on their product page)
I have some experience with acrylics, and the palette I've planned so far is very similar to what I usually use in acrylics:
cadmium yellow pale
(I don't usually paint with black)
I really enjoy mixing colors so I'm not worried about the 'inconvenience' of not having a more varied palette ready in tubes.
A few questions:
Does a blue pigment exist that will mix BOTH greens and purples nicely? As you can see I usually avoid the issue by using ultramarine for my purples and flat out buying a tube of pthalo green instead of even trying to get a reasonably pure green by mixing... And I don't seem to have this problem with the other primaries (I usually use magenta and cadmium yellow light; magenta makes fabulous purples AND oranges, and a pale enough cadmium doesn't muddy up greens too much-- although I'm sure it's not helping with my blue issues.)
Is it worth going for a better quality brand for the weaker colors like white and yellow?
Will I be okay "doodling" with this stuff on some gessoed cardboard, or are there particular issues with oils?
Thank you in advance for your insights!