"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else." - P. Picasso
I am often asked what colors I use to paint with. Since my portraits
are done in oil, the palette is pretty generic and often features the
inorganic mineral based pigments.
With acrylics, however, I get a little more expansive in my color
choices. The acrylic palette features a number of vibrant organic
synthetic pigments that compliments the experimental work I do in
acrylics and mixed media.
Favorite palette for oils - contains warm and cool versions of the
primaries, black, white, and a couple browns. I'm not partial
to any particular brand of oil paint, as long as it's professional
Permanant alizarin crimson
Favorite palette for Golden Fluid Acrylics - I love these
intense, vibrant colors - they are my favorite paints.
The ones in red are must haves (for me). I buy the 1 oz
size for traveling, the 4 oz size for my studio.
Keep in mind that I like a saturated,earthy palette heavy
in the warm colors- you might not need 4 yellows.
Hansa Yellow Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Alizarin Crimson Hue
Phthalo Green, yellow shade
Transparent Red Oxide
Manganese Blue Hue
Favorite acrylic mediums - these mediums go into every abstract
piece, and are used for their both texture and adhesive
Golden gel medium
Comes in soft, heavy, various consistencies.
I use regular. An excellent adhesive that dries clear.
Polymer Medium, Gloss medium/varnish (Liquitex), GAC 100 (Golden)
A more fluid version of the gel medium. Dries clear.
Can be used as an adhesive for light weight papers,
sealing surfaces, extending paints.
Elastomeric Custom Patch
An inexpensive substitute of for modeling paste.
Available at Home Depot in the paint dept. Dries white.
MSA Varnish (Golden), or Soluvar (Liquitex)
Available in matte, satin and gloss.
Have UV filters, for use on oils or acrylics.
Self-leveling, brush on, removeable.
Baroque Artist Panels
Surface needs to be primed with at least 2 coats of gesso
Available at Home Depot in 2x4 foot sheets
- they will cut it for you. Comes in 1/4 or 1/2
inch thickness. Excellent for collage with heavy
metals, nails, brads, etc.
Prepare with a couple layers of gesso.
Paramount Professional Gallery Wrap canvas
Heavy 15 oz canvas supports the collage materials
and textures of my abstract work. Available through