Old Holland Oil Colors

When I first started painting I used the cheapest paints I could afford. I had a list of colors I was supposed to purchase for my painting class.  I remember pondering for hours.  I went from paint display to display comparing the Windsor & Newton ultra marine blue with Gamblin.  I had no idea what series 1, 2 and 3 meant.  Some tubes said artist grade, while others said professional grade.  I was confused and ended up buying a hodgepodge of brands, qualities and grade paints.

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What a mess!

One of my classmates painted the most beautiful vivid fantasy oil paintings.  Her dragons glowed.  Her clouds shimmered.  I studied my own paintings only to see them as flat.  Lackluster.   Sad.

Somewhere along my painting journey I tried old holland oil paints.  I immediately fell into a deep unbreakable and true love.  I am now committed to the brand.  I use old holland oil colors exclusively.  I love their buttery texture.  I love the saturation of pure pigment.  I love their rich history.  You can read all about them and the history here.

I will never regret learning to paint using less pricey and, in my humble opinion, lower quality  paints.  I learned to paint using them and most of those paintings are long gone and embarrassing; I hope they never resurface.  Instead, feast your eyes on these beauties.

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Old holland the only brand I use

Thank you for checking out my paintings.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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