The oil colors we carry offer distinct choices to satisfy different artists’ preferences for the way paints feel and handle. We’ve described distinguishing characteristics below of the numerous lines we carry. Our staff of artists are always excited to talk with you about painting and which materials will be most helpful in achieving the results and effects you want to see.
Portland-made Gamblin paints’ dependable quality and balanced color palette make them a favorite of painters here in the Northwest and around the world. The color selection was developed by experienced painters to meet the creative needs of artists working in any style. Make these fine paints even more versatile with a full line of painting mediums that focus on studio safety.
M. Graham Oil Colors:
Another quality paint made in the Portland area. M.Graham colors are made with non-yellowing walnut oil and loaded with pigment so the rich colors will shine through in your paintings. The lighter bodied consistency of walnut oil makes colors spread and blend easily, making Graham oils a great choice for solvent-free painting and cleanup.
Michael Harding Handmade Artists’ Oil Colours:
These premium hand-made paints from England offer intensity of color and a perfect balance between stiffness and softness that makes them a delight to work with. Included in the Harding line are true lapis, vermillion, and lead-based whites.
Old Holland Oil Colors:
Made with the finest pigments and traditional methods since the 1600’s, Old Holland paints have been revered by artists for centuries for their concentration of pigment and purity of color.
Note: Muse stocks a limited selection of Old Holland colors. We are happy to order any of the 168 colors available.
Rublev Colours Artist’s Oils:
A unique line of single-pigment colors ground from natural earth and minerals, Rublev uses only colors known to artists prior to the modern industrial and chemical age, including a wide variety of rich earth colors, as well as lead-based whites, genuine vermillion, and genuite lazurite. The paints and mediums are hand-made according to the best practices of art and science from the early masters to modern conservators.
Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors:
The pigments in Williamsburg paints are ground with an artist’s sensibility to retain each color’s unique texture and handling characteristics. Each handmade batch is carefully controlled so a color is perfectly consistent from one tube to the next.
Large (60ml) tubes with a single value price for all colors. Made in Italy with quality pigments including real cadmiums, cobalts, and natural earth colors. An economical choice for everyday painting, learning, or underpainting without sacrificing a satisfactory painting experience.
MEDIUMS + GROUNDS
From Gamsol odorless thinner to Galkyd resin mediums to Gamvar varnish, Gamblin painting mediums are made with studio safety in mind so painters can make wise choices about limiting exposure to toxic elements while achieving the handling properties required by their painting style.
Rublev Oil Painting Mediums:
Rublev painting mediums allow painters to modify the working properties and visual characteristics of their paints with ingredients and formulas that ensure permanence in color and structural integrity. Linseed-based mediums such as Vacuum-bodied linseed oil, Epoxide oil, and Oleogel expand artists’ options by altering drying time, consistency, and transparency without resins or chemicals that can cause brittleness, cracking, flaking, or darkening.