22 September 2016

My Palette

What is your color palette? How do you store your gouache? How do you keep your gouache moist? What kind of brushes do you use?

  These are some of the questions I get asked almost every day. So to make it easier to share this information with those of you who are interested in gouache I decided to combine all my answers to the questions I get on a regular basis in one place. I have created a 20 page PDF in which I am covering all my painting equipment in detail. You can get the PDF by the link below. I hope you find the information helpful. 


These are the colors I use in oil:

  1. Payne's Grey (Rembrandt. I use it only for grey skies)
  2. Raw Umber (W&N or Rembrandt)
  3. Raw Sienna (W&N or Rembrandt)
  4. Yellow Ochre Pale (W&N),
  5. Cadmium Yellow Lemon (W&N or Rembrandt)
  6. Cadmium Yellow Light (W&N or Rembrandt)
  7. Cadmium Orange (W&N or Rembrandt)
  8. Cadmium Red Light (Rembrandt)
  9. Permanent Rose (Rembrandt) - quinacridone rose
  10. Perm. Alizarin Crimson (Rembrandt)
  11. Burnt Sienna (W&N or Rembrandt)
  12. Burnt Umber (W&N or Rembrandt)
  13. English Red (W&N or Rembrandt) - red ochre
  14. Perm. Violet Medium (Rembrandt)
  15. Permanent Mauve (W&N)
  16. French Ultramarine (W&N or Rembrandt)
  17. Cobalt Blue (W&N or Rembrandt)
  18. Kings Blue (Rembrandt. This color is just a mixture of cobalt blue and titanium white)
  19. Cerulean Blue (W&N. Weak and expensive. I use it more often in skin tones, than in landscapes)
  20. Sevres Blue (Rembrandt. Basically it is Phthalo Blue Light. I rarely put in on the palette, but it is always with me in case I need to mix some really bright light blues.)
  21. Cobalt Turquoise (Rembrandt)
  22. Cobalt Turquoise Light (W&N)
  23. Viridian (Rembrandt)
  24. Chromium Oxide Green (Rembrandt) - sometimes
  25. Green Earth (W&N) - sometimes
  26. Permanent Green Medium (Rembrandt)
  27. Permanent Green Light (Rembrandt)
  28. Titanium White (Sennelier, W&N or Rembrandt)

My oil palette


  1. Obrigado pelas dicas. Também já sigo a Carol Marine à algum tempo. Adoro o livro dela "Painting a day"

  2. Lena, já agora, uma curiosidade. O que faz com as tintas que não usou na palete? Guarda? Mantém no frigorífico/água ou simplesmente desiste delas ? Obrigado.

    1. Não me preocupo com isso. Eu posso pintar um quandro pequeno dia a seguir, mas até se o resto das tinhas se estraga tambem não faz mal, porque eu normalmente não ponho muita tinha na palette.. Eu pinto muito, ma as minhas tintas não se gastam rapidamente. Um tubo da para muito tempo.

  3. Hi Lena.Thank you for posting all your videos and for your wonderful paintings.I am just beginning to paint in oils after painting for a few years in watercolours and find your videos are a great help.I live in Ireland and have just discovered that you were here last year teaching😞Just my luck !! I have watching Arrabida Paradise and am wondering could I ask you please what do you use to thin your paint when putting in the first layers?Thank you

    1. Hi Larry. I am glad you found my videos helpful! I use 3 parts of turpentine and 1 part of glossy artistic varnish from W&N to thin my paint. Varnish in this thinner alows my first layers to dry more quickly so that I can paint over them creating different textures. Your country is very beautiful. I really enjoyed painting there. I especially liked the seaside and the flowers! I wish you good luck in learning oil painting. Strong tonal relationships of big shapes are crucial in this technique.

  4. Hello from Canada,
    Was wondering how I can find out about your workshops in Portugal or elsewhere in Europe. We are planning to visit Portugal next November.

    1. Hi!

      I love Canada! Even thought I have never been there... Yet.

      I am not going to give any workshops this year... Instead I am going to concentrate on production of digital tutorials. I hope it doesn't take too long to be done.. Any updates will be published on this blog. Stay tuned ;) Best wishes, Lena

  5. Hi from England! Like many others, I wish to THANK YOU for sharing your work and techniques! You are a great inspiration to many people and for me, I particularly enjoy your Gouache works. I am going to try some this weekend while on a short break in beautiful Kirkby Lonsdale :-)

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Tom!! I am glad to hear that my work inspires you. Hopefully I will come up with a gouache painting tutorial soon. I have been working on it lately. When it is ready I will publish it on my YouTube channel. I hope you have a great painting weekend Kirkby Lonsdale!

  6. Спасибо большое!

  7. Hi, Thanks for sharing your works.