Welcome to the Jackson's Art Supplies Oil Painting section. Below is an overview of what we have to offer you - everything an oil painter could want and need!
Oil Colour - What are the best oil paints for me?
In this section you will be able to browse our extensive choice of oil colour ranges. We offer the best oil paints available in the world today as used by the most successful professional artists – brands such as Michael Harding, Vasari, Old Holland and Schmincke Mussini have international reputation. We also offer less expensive artist and student quality oil colour ranges – however although the prices may be low the quality is still high, with no fillers used in any of the ranges that we offer. Our ranges are roughly in order of quality and can be mixed with one another, allowing you full control over your chosen palette.
Water Mixable Oil Colour
Ideal for those who work at home, or those who are more sensitive to harmful and abrasive solvents, water mixable oil colour allows you to enjoy the rich and luscious nature of oil colour whilst being able to wash brushes and thin colour with water – the best of both worlds! All watermixable oil colour ranges can be mixed with one another. Holbein Duo Aqua and Winsor and Newton Artisan also have their own range of water mixable thinners and mediums. Please note that while these colours are water-mixable, they are still oil based, and so supports should still be sized and primed properly to prevent the oil from rotting the support.
Oil sticks by R & F, Sennelier and Winsor & Newton are made of artist’s quality oil colour blended with wax – this allows you to draw with oil colour and is a really versatile and exciting way of applying colour. Oil sticks can be used on their own to make bold, crayon-like marks and can also be thinned down with solvents into washes and stains, just like conventional oil colour. Use them to draw into wet oils, over dry oils and acrylics, or use to draw your composition prior to working in normal oils over the top….there’s a lot to explore with this medium!
Oil Colour Sets
Explore this collection of sets that would make an exceptional gift for any oil painter, or a good way of kick starting a beginner’s collection of materials.
Visit this section to explore the ways that oil colour can be manipulated, extended, thickened and thinned to achieve a wide variety of effects and marks in your work.
Oil Thinners and Solvents
A choice of thinners and solvents perfect for using in mediums as well as for cleaning brushes and other materials.
Retouching damar varnish can be used during the painting process to speed drying as part of a medium, or used as temporary protection during the painting process, whereas final picture varnish will protect a fully cured painting from UV rays as well as dirt and dust. Visit this section to find the right varnish for your requirements.
Oil Painting Tools
Exploring the ways you can apply oil colour to your canvas or panel can be a fantastic learning experience as well as a good way to make your work vibrant and visually rich. Investigate the implications of using different types of brushes would have on your work and consider impasto mark making with palette knives. The more fun you have in applying colour to your support the more chance you have of success!
There is a lot of choice with regard to what you paint your picture on, and the key to finding the right support for you is to ask yourself some questions: What scale do you wish to work on? Are you painting out of doors? Will you be painting thin glazes, stains and washes or working with more impasto techniques? How much texture do you like to work on? Keep these questions in mind and read on in the oil surfaces section in order to make a well informed and considered decision.
It is vital that oil colour is applied to a properly sized and primed support in order for it to adhere and maintain its vibrancy, as well as stand the test of time. Read on in the oil priming section for some top tips on how to prepare your support in the best possible way – the last thing an artist wants is for his or her best painting to sink into the substrate or fall off the support months later! So make sure you do all you can to prevent this from happening.
Oil Painting Studio Equipment
Visit the oil painting studio equipment section to browse our huge variety of different easels for working both in and out of doors, as well as planchests and drawing boards. The right studio equipment will free up space, time and allow you stability and peace of mind, while your work.
This section contains our fantastic range of book titles, covering all aspects of the oil painting process. As well as this we have some inspirational and informative DVDs made by Town House Films and APV, featuring such reputable painters as Ken Howard RA, David Curtis and Fred Cummings.
To view our YouTube Oil Painting Playlist please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnTWkyaIC-I&list=PLi86B3jOHkDZ81FSVR60v-qw-_1rmgz4y