I'm occasionally asked which oils I use and what my palette is made up of. It's best described in these photos of a fresh palette and a very used one. Typically I squirt out between 40 and 50 colors - maybe about 5 ranges of each prominent color. I use a lot of greens and oranges to mix with - seldom do I use them for the dominant colors in a painting, but they're so vital.
During the past several years, I've tried a lot of brands. Eventually, you find which brand has the best burnt umber (that doesn't dry up before the next day) or the best cadmium red or cobalt blue. Once I find my favorites, that behave the way I want them to, I stick with them.
I think the most important things to nail, in painting, are basic drawing skills and the ability to mix colors. The more you do, the more natural and fast it comes. Anything to speed things up is a good thing. One great tip for those frugal artists - I use 16" pizza pans for my pallettes. They're around five bucks, from Walmart.
I know you're not seeing too many paintings these days - the fact is, I'm painting every day for a solo show which opens the first of February. A lot of which I haven't even had time to photograph yet. So check back - I'll have more to show you very soon.
Paint on, my friends.