I family friend in Bulgaria wanted to know how much oil painting supplies cost in the west, so I've been on a hunt around here doing price checking in the local stores. However, I have no real knowledge of paints and painting supplies, so I was wondering if any of you have suggestions for companies to check out. So far I've seen some Bob Ross brand paints and brushes, Schmincke, and some company with a red and white logo who's name I forgot to write down. Prices are around 4.00-6.50 euro per tube with sizes of about 35-55 ml accordingly.
Are there other companies with oil paints you can recommend, and about how much would I expect to pay in dollars or euros? Also, are there any recomended brands for brushes, or do most brushes hold up well?
I'd appreciate some input, since I'd hate to tell him there are cheap oilpaints here only to find out they are total trash.