Braitman Studio: Suggested Intermediate Paints & Brands











Above you will find a list of suggested intermediate oil paints and brands that some of our Braitman Studio instructors selected JUST for you! We hope that as you paint with some of the new tubes above you will enjoy, see and feel the difference in working with better quality oil paints. Remember, investing in a bit more expensive oil paint allows a little bit of paint go a long way because it has less filler and more pigment.

All of the paint listed above can be purchased at a Cheap Joes, Binders Art Supply, etc. except for the Utrecht tubes we listed, which need to be ordered from If you prefer online shopping it is good to know that Utrecht also carries a lot of the other paint brands above.

Good luck and if you have any questions, contact us at 704.846.1369!

The Braitman Studio Staff


We have just released the third and final video in the “Portrait Tree” series with Andy Braitman! View our new video and accompanying PDF by clicking on the link below:

Have these videos helped you? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook Page!

We are also glad to announce that our fall classes have gotten off to a great start this week. We thank you for being an important part of Braitman Studio!

The Braitman Studio Staff

Summer Art Exercises: Painting 30 (EDGE CONTROL)

Light at the Water's Edge by Andy Braitman Oil on Canvas 40 x 40 inches

Light at the Water’s Edge
by Andy Braitman
Oil on Canvas
40 x 40 inches

Today is the very last Summer Art Exercise for 2014 by Braitman Studio. We hope that you have enjoyed working on each of these exercises. (Let us know if you have by commenting below or on our Facebook!) We know that if you have practiced with even a few of these studies it has really helped you gain knowledge and also confidence in your artwork.

We hope that you will COME PAINT WITH US at Braitman Studio! Call us at 704.846.1369 to learn more!

Summer Art Exercise #30:

The final exercise is to distract they eye by creating a pattern or surface away from the edge but still in the shape. This is similar to exercise #24 but with a more specific distraction placement.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you for being a part of the Braitman Studio community. Stay in touch with us through our Blog, Facebook and Pinterest pages!

The Braitman Studio Staff

NEW Braitman Studio Monthly Video Lessons!

We want to share with you our new Braitman Studio Monthly Video Lessons for the summer! To view these lessons, please click on the link below:

We hope that you continue to enjoy our videos and we thank you for being a part of the Braitman Studio community!

The Braitman Studio Staff

Summer Art Exercises: Painting 28 (EDGE CONTROL)

Detail of oil painting by Andy Braitman

Detail of oil painting by Andy Braitman


We are now moving to our edge control exercises that are based around the concept of distracting the eye.

In this first exercise, use local color reflections to distract the viewer’s eye.

Don’t let life distract you from taking an hour or so a week to practice some of these great exercises!

The Braitman Studio Staff




Hi Everyone!

In order to register for the class of your choice, please email Jade at with YOUR NAME, YOUR PHONE NUMBER, CLASS NAME, and CLASS TIME.

You will receive a confirmation email that will simply say “REGISTERED” to let you know that you ARE SIGNED UP for your class.  IF there is any problem with your registration (overfull class, required deposit, etc), Jade will contact you via email and/or phone.

Please contact Jade if you have any questions and THANK YOU for being part of Braitman Studio!!

Thank You,
The Braitman Studio Staff


Braitman Studio Fall Schedule:
(Click here for details)


Summer Art Exercises: Painting 26 (EDGE CONTROL)

Detail of oil painting by Andy Braitman

Detail of oil painting by Andy Braitman


Let’s work with a brush stroke distraction to obscure the edge. Your brain more easily dismisses a vertical a brush stroke where as a horizontal brushstroke carries more weight. Use a parallel stroke to obscure the strength of an edge.

Great efforts on these edges!

The Braitman Studio Staff

Braitman Studio: Updates & Fall Schedule

First, A Letter From Andy:  

Dear Braitman Studio Artists,

I want to thank you for your continued participation here at Braitman Studio. I truly appreciate your patronage.  This Fall, I am not raising tuition, but there will be some class changes and materials changes.

I will stop providing paint, brushes, and palette knives to all intermediate and advanced classes.  I will have a bagged set of student-grade oils and brushes available for any who wish to purchase them and I will provide a personalized hook so your supply bag can be kept secure for you between classes.  The intermediate and advanced students at this studio are incredibly talented and I really would like to see you all start to branch out to paints that are above student grade.  I want to help you as you are making palette decisions regarding paint purchases, so ask me any questions you may have as you begin to upgrade!

As a final note, I will having arthroscopic back surgery and will not be in the studio for the first 2 weeks of classes.  I look forward to working with you soon.  Jade, Kelley, Allison, Mary, and of course, Nicholas, will continue to provide the highest in painting instruction and advice.

Thank You,
Andy Braitman


Second, A Letter From All of Us:  

Hello Artists!!

Thank you so much for being a part of Braitman Studio.  We’re getting ready for a new session and we want to make the Fall as EASY as possible for you.  Please read everything carefully because there have been some changes.

First:  We wanted to remind you that our studio is closed in August, so communicating with us by phone at that time may be difficult – emailing is going to be your best way to talk to us.

Second:  You will find our schedule below, but registration for September classes will open on August 15.  Check the blog and/or Facebook on August 15 to find instructions on how to register for class. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 2.

Third:  Starting in September, paint, brushes, and palette knives will no longer be provided by Braitman Studio to our intermediate and advanced classes.  That means the only classes that will continue to have access to these materials will be Fundamentals I, Fundamentals II, and our Teen Class.  All Braitman classes will STILL be provided with easels, paper towels, liquin, turp, oil (for brush cleaning), aprons, and taborets.  We will continue to offer items for purchase and we will now be carrying a Braitman packet for purchase that contains a complete kit of student-grade oil paints and brushes in a storage bag.  We are going to provide a storage area for your Braitman bags so you may leave your supplies in the studio if you choose to.

Fourth:  We have a whole bunch of great stuff planned for our Fall Session and we really want you to be part of it.  We have added two new classes that start in September (see the classes in blue on the schedule below) and we will be adding two new classes in October, we are going to do some museum and gallery excursions with Andy, and, of course, we are going to be slinging some major paint around the studio.  Please subscribe to the Braitman Studio Blog  at for all of the inside details about our classes, our Monthly Video Lessons, and our Summer Art Exercises.  Kelley is doing a wonderful job creating and maintaining this enriched virtual community for all of our artists and it really is the best way to know what’s happening in the studio.

Finally!!  Once again, we thank you so much for letting us be part of your painting experience.  Each one of you is an important part of Braitman Studio and we really appreciate the time you spend with us.  If you have any questions, please email Jade at and she will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Thank You,
Braitman Studio