My palette

I am often asked about palettes and paints that I use.  Here is my current setup.

For outdoor sketching i mostly use my Mijello palette. It is light and airtight, which is very convenient for carrying it around in a small purse. It has 18 wells, which I filled with the following pigments (from left to right): 

  • Aureolin,
  • New Gamboge,
  • Yellow Ochre,
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange,
  • Cadmium Red Light,
  • Pyrrol Scarlet,
  • Alizarin Crimson,
  • Quinacridone Rose,
  • Burnt Sienna,
  • Cobalt Teal Blue,
  • Cobalt blue,
  • Cerulean Blue,
  • Ultramarine Blue,
  • Phthalo Blue,
  • Permanent Sap Green,
  • Hooker's green.

I also added Raw Sienna and Raw Umber recently.

Basically you only need 6 colors (3 pairs of cool and warm primary colors - yellows, reds and blues). As you can see I use paints from different manufacturers. I find that all of those paints are superb in terms of quality, so sometimes when buying a refill I just go for a cheaper alternative among these brands. One thing that I should note is that in my palette I have Cerulean Blue from Van Gogh, which I mainly use to paint skies - and it's the brightest Cerulean Blue you would ever find,  but this particular paint is a little bit different in shade from Cerulean Blues that you would normally use for mixing (e.g. skin tones).
 

18-well Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palette

18-well Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palette

In my studio I use a huge palette with wide wells. I love to work with big brushes and big generous washes, and that's the best palette i could find for this purpose. 

Sterling Edwards 14-well huge mixing palette with lid

Sterling Edwards 14-well huge mixing palette with lid

My most frequently used brushes are Sterling Edwards blending brush 1.5", Sterling Edwards 1" flat, Da Vinci squirrel mop 1, Trekkel Golden Taklon 4. 

I hope this helps.