Full Palette

I've decided to post my full oil paint palette that I've slowly settle on. Some things have changed since I started out. This has been the palette I've stuck with for a while now:

High Chroma

  • Quinacridone Magenta, PR122 - Winsor & Newton
  • Pyrrole Red, PR254 - M. Graham
  • Scarlet Pyrrol, PO73 - M. Graham
  • “Permanent Orange”, PO73 + PY154 - Rembrandt
  • ”Bristol Yellow Reddish”, PY184 Variant - Kremer Pigments (self mulled)
  • “Permanent Yellow Light”, PY154 - Rembrandt
  • Bismuth Yellow,  PY184 - M. Graham
  • ”Permanent Yellow Green”, PY154 + PG7 - Rembrandt
  • ”Permanent Green Light”, PY151 + PG7 - M. Graham
  • Phthalo Green, PG7 - M. Graham
  • Phthalo Blue, PB15:3 - M. Graham
  • Ultramarine Blue, PB29 - M. Graham
  • Dioxazine Purple, PV23 - M. Graham

Mid Chroma

  • Unbleached Titanium, PW6.1 - Williamsburg
  • ”Domestic Yellow Ochre”, PY43 - Williamsburg
  • "Indian Yellow", PY110 - M. Graham
  • "Quinacridone Rust", PO48 OR “Transparent Red”, PR101 - M. Graham
  • ”Maroon Perelyne”, PR179 - M. Graham
  • “Azo Green”, PY129 - M. Graham
  • Chrome Oxide Green, PG17 - M. Graham
  • ”Indigo”, PBr7 + PB27 - Williamsburg

Low Chroma + Darks

  • Titanium White, PW6 - Williamsburg
  • "Burnt Umber", PBr7 - M. Graham
  • "Raw Umber", PBr7 - M. Graham
  • Perylene Black, PBk31 - Winsor & Newton
  • Mineral Black, PBk28 - Schmincke Mussini

I've got a lot of High Chroma paints in that list but you'd be surprised how rarely I use some of them. I have two colors in the mid range that I alternate between: Quina. Rust and Trans. Red. Trans. Red is the stronger mixer of the two.

The companies these paints come from are very important! Paints with the same name can be totally different colors and have different handling characteristics. Most important to me is what pigment is used. Then it’s up to how the company mulls the pigment and which oil they use as a binder. The company has more to do with handling characteristics. I like looser paints and M. Graham’s paints fit the bill for me.


  • Solvent Free Fluid Medium - Gamblin. My main painting medium
  • Solvent Free Gel - Gamblin. My favorite thing to glaze with. Thins paints with no side effects for percentage used vs. pigment used. It can be treated like a clear paint.
  • Spike Lavender Oil - Natural Pigments. My preferred solvent. Less harsh on my studios air quality but very strong.