This is my basic oil painting palette that I always use with the addition of special guest star colours needed for a particular project. 

  • White
  • Nickel yellow
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium orange deep
  • Cadmium red
  • Permanent alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue 
  • Phthalo green
  • Terra rosa
  • Transparent oxide red

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, also making sure my oil paint does not contain solvents right from the tube.


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.

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