I have been working to simplify…simplify…simplify my painting palette as much as possible. I am using Winsor & Newton as the base brand, especially when painting in the field (easier to replace) but use Gamblin in the studio. The following are the colors I am currently working with: (I have been doing a lot of paintings with just Cad Yellow, Alizarin, Ultra Blue and white - takes longer to mix but great lesson in colors)
Left to Right
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Thalo Yellow Green
French Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White - I use Griffin Alkyd (W&N) when in the field (Quick Drying)
These additional colors may be added if needed
Mono Orange (Gamblin)
Mineral Violet (Holbein)
Langnickle Long-haired, long-handled filberts (these are more expensive but quality pays off)
Langnickle Long-haired, long-handled flats (I use mainly flats in painting landscapes, filberts in painting portraits)
Robert Simmons natural-bristle filberts
Small bristle cheap-o house painting brush
Anything else that will get the job done
I usually use nothing - I prefer the consistency of paint right out of the tube!
Winsor & Newtons Liquin (Original Formula) I sometimes use when I what a darker lay-in to dry faster (which is usually the darks/shadows).
Mineral Spirits/Turpentine Please have a reseal able container for both new & used fluids (No glass jars)
Walnut Oil - cold pressed, food-grade & edible. It is non-toxic, has no odor, no harmful fumes.
Dawn dish washing soap