I Love M. Graham Oil Paints

I have been oil painting for nearly four decades and have never been happier than when I paint with M. Graham & Co. walnut oil based paints. Over the years I have tried nearly every high-priced professional art oils on the market and I keep coming back to M. Graham. I love the feel. I love the richness of the pigment. I love the glazing properties. I love that they use a toxin-free base. To enhance drying they offer a walnut alkyd medium. You clean up with walnut oil (safflower oil works too and it is more affordable) and mild dish soap. Gotta love that!

If you care about buying American made products, you will be happy to know that M. Graham is made in the beautiful state of Oregon.

Sorry for the commercial, but creating oil paintings without poisoning myself and the world is the best thing ever. As my good friend Michael Pearce says, “if you love your liver, use M. Graham paints.”

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  • Michael Pearce says:

    And I do love my liver!

    I completely agree with you Mike. Graham are simply the best paints money can buy. Made by a true colour-man, who really knows his business.

    I stopped using toxic turpentine years ago thanks to these paints, and love the soap and water clean up.

    I must admit I miss the lovely smell though, but that’s a small price, imo.

  • Stacey Peterson says:

    I used M. Graham’s walnut oil for brush cleaning, etc when I was pregnant – they do make a great product!!

  • Susan says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It is hard not to sound like a commercial for them. I also use M. Graham watercolors and have been very pleased with the quality. I’m not doing much with the oil paints. . . all I wanted was to do some spot illustrations for a project with more control than I have when I paint with watercolor. But the colors are great. I needed kid like colors so I was able to get away with not buying the cadmiums and cobalts but it is working out just fine. The only problem is that I’m a collage artist when I’m doing my fine art and I may just back to oils since I love these so much!

  • Don says:

    I’m sure the M. Graham paints are of the highest quality, but I think it is important for people to understand that one can paint solvent free with any brand of regular oil paint. The oil paints of M. Graham are not unique in this regard. None of them (with the exception of alkyd oil paints plus one brand of regular oils) contain any solvent in the paint. Where M. Graham differs from most other oil paint makers is that their mediums contain no solvents and they were one of the first oil paint makers to offer a combination medium (one that is not 100% oil) that is solvent free, their Walnut Alkyd medium. So, kudos to M. Graham for promoting solvent free painting, but you can do the same with virtually every other oil paint brand.

  • Daryl Urig says:

    I completely agree. I have been painting with M. Graham oil paints for many years and am still exploring all of their capabilities as a fine arts oil painter.

  • Daryl Urig says:

    I have used M. GRAHAM paints for many years as a fine arts oil painter and still exploring all of their capabilities.

  • Gena says:

    I have been using Golden Acrylics for years and I am considering changing to M Graham oils because of no toxins. I work in a very small studio. How soon can you varnish if you use the alkyd walnut oil for blending?
    How do you clean your brushes?

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