This is my basic oil painting palette that I always use with the addition of special guest star colours needed for a particular project.
- Cadmium yellow light
- Yellow ochre
- Cadmium orange
- Terra rosa
- Transparent oxide red
- Cadmium red light
- Permanent alizarin crimson
- Ultramarine blue
You can see red makes half of my basic palette and I absolutely adore red colour. Just in case other colours are reading this, I love you too!
(I haven’t listed the special guest star colours, maybe some other time, it’s a long list)
I am very sensitive to solvents and selectively use them in my painting practice. I use 3 types of solvents:
- Eco Solve – this is the only solvent I can breathe freely next to, it’s not toxic, has smell, but it is not biting.
- Spike lavender oil – only small quantities used, not toxic but very strong smell. Furthermore, it can evaporate even in closed bottles (or I have studio fairies drinking spike lavender oil from the bottle).
- Odourless mineral spirit – I use it only for surface preparation.
I enjoy making my own mediums, I find it empowering to make a medium exactly to my liking. I prepare my medium by melting beeswax, damar resin and adding walnut oil/alkyd. I really love the smell of beeswax, it smells sunny.
If you have any questions about oil painting please use the comments section below and I will answer you as soon as I see it.