| M. Graham Oil Colours: Product Review
Written by Richard Hoedl
I have been painting and creating art for well over fifteen years
and in that time I have used many different techniques and mediums. I started
my art career as an oil painter but moved to acrylics because of their easy
cleanup and quick drying time. Since the turn of the century I have
moved back into painting with oils because acrylics don’t have the same
ability to flow and blend. I paint straight from the tube, blending
and mixing colours directly on the canvas. Because of this, I don’t
use mediums, gels or extenders very much.
I first heard about M. Graham Oil Paints while trying to locate
a quality oil paint that contained a high quality pigment with a strong
opacity. I needed to replace the paint brand that I was currently
using, as it had gone out of general production and become very difficult
to purchase. What I discovered was much more than what I was seeking!
I began using M. Graham Oil Paints bit-by-bit, picking up the odd
colour as my old paints ran out. To my happy surprise the walnut-based
oil paint blended perfectly with my old linseed oil paints. I was concerned
that the two different oils would result in streaky mixtures on
the canvas. I was especially concerned that they would not blend in
a smooth manner, because I mix my paints directly on the canvas and not on
What I really like about these paints is that they provide me with
amazingly vibrant colours that flow and blend beautifully and at
the same time give me peace of mind knowing that I am not breathing
in toxic solvent fumes. My studio is fresh and clean with no trace of smelly
fumes or dangerous flammable solvent rags. I also really like that
the paint tubes don’t get that gummy yellow linseed oil residue
around the caps that make them sticky and difficult to twist open.
M. Graham Oil Paints are incredibly smooth in texture and application.
They have a wonderful range of colours created from pure pigments,
not the cheaper synthetic hues. M. Graham Oil Paints are not only made
with pure walnut oil but also clean up with that same walnut oil. Walnut
oil is lighter and flows more easily than linseed oil. It doesn’t
have the same yellowing with age effect on a painting that linseed oil does.
M. Graham Oil Paints claim to be non-yellowing over time, which
is a hard claim to verify but it does make logical sense since it does
not use the naturally yellowing linseed oil.
I believe that M. Graham Oil Paints are an excellent value for the
professional painter. It is unfortunate that this wonderful product
can’t be made more affordable and therefore more available
on a much broader basis for the beginner and student artists. It would be
a wonderful thing to be in a studio full of oil painting students
and not be knocked over from the fumes.
M. Graham Oil Paints will remain my choice of oil paint, as they
have proven themselves to be better than any professional quality oil
paint that I have used over the years. Between their amazing quality and
the many benefits of not needing any solvents for cleanup, I will continue
to use these paints throughout a (hopefully) long and healthy painting
career. M. Graham Oil Paints have eliminated my worry that my career
will be cut short due to health concerns created by toxic build-up.
If you paint in oils or if you paint in acrylics because you don’t
want to deal with the fumes or solvent mess, I highly recommend you try
M. Graham Oil Paints. They will change how you think of oils and how