This is my basic oil painting palette, I use other colours too depending on the project I am working on. I really enjoy experimenting with different paints and could never work with a limited palette. I understand why people do it but I want to use all my options, just maybe not in the same painting.
- Titanium white (M.Graham)
- Nickel Yellow (Williamsburg)
- Cadmium Yellow (M. Graham)
- Cadmium Orange (Kama Pigments)
- Cadmium Red (M.Graham)
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson (M.Graham)
- Ultramarine Blue Deep (Rembrandt)
- Viridian (M.Graham)
- Terra Rosa (Winsor & Newton)
- Transparent Oxide Red (M. Graham)
- Transparent Oxide Brown (Winsor & Newton)
- Mars Brown (Isaro)
- Yellow Ochre (Williamsburg)
I do not use umbers because I find they look VERY unattractive when dry.
I use many brands of oil paint and like to try same pigments in different brands and find that most have different handling properties and cannot be easily compared. It is really up to your personal preferences.
I am very sensitive to solvents and carefully use them in my painting mediums. I use 3 types of solvents:
- Eco Solve indoors, this is the only solvent I can sit next to, it’s not toxic, has smell, but it is not biting.
- Spike lavander oil indoor with window open or outdoors. Only small quantities used, not toxic but very strong smell that will cause headaches. Furthermore, it is expensive and can evaporate even in closed bottles (or I have spike lavender fairies drinking from the bottle) .
- Gamsol outdoors only, they say it is odourless but I disagree.
Making choices in the mediums arena is very exciting, well, it can be if you are not in a hurry. One really shouldn’t be in a hurry when one is painting in oils. I have many mediums and I also enjoy making my own ones. I find it empowering to make a medium exactly to my liking. Here are my favourite mediums:
- Walnut oil & Walnut Alkyd Medium (both M.Graham)
- Rublev Impasto Medium
- My own medium made with beeswax and damar resin.
Walnut oil (M.Graham) during painting sessions and soap and water when finished.