Not even the most talented apprentices of the Old Masters used professional grade oil paint. Artists' grade oil colors are too expensive for most beginning painters. But Gamblin believes that this does not mean that students should use cheap 'economy grade' colors.
Gamblin Sketching Oils are the same practice or 'sketching' paints made since the Renaissance. Then, as now, paint makers mixed their artists' grade formulae to which they added a handful of marble dust (calcium carbonate) to double the volume of paint and cut the cost.
Robert Gamblin created the palette of Art Sketching Oil Colors for painters learning new techniques or experimenting with new ideas. Gamblin wants to give students in particular good quality traditional 'sketching' paints so that they can learn to control artists' most important tool-- COLOR.
Color represented here for reference only.