choosing paint colors
There are many wonderful brands of paint. I usually use Winsor Newton paints. They have an excellent reputation with good quality paints.
It is important to note the difference between student and professional grade paints. Student grade paints are less expensive for starting out. They contain
less pigment, so they cost less to manufacture.
I recommend you use professional artist paints that contain more pigment. Consequently they cover better during painting.
When choosing paint colors, I purposely chose transparent colors. Transparent colors allow the white of the canvas or paper to show thru the paint. That makes the colors appear more brilliant.
single pigment colors
One of the criteria I follow when I am choosing paint colors is to find how many pigments are used to manufacture the paint.
Paints that are made with only one pigment mix well with other colors. They produce clean color mixtures.
All of the Alkyd paints I use are single pigment paints. One exception is one convenience color I use, Sap Green.