Category Archives: Palette

Oil Painting for rusty beginners


Monday, 28th October, 2019

10.00-4.00, at the Studio, Bransbury,

£80/day, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring your own materials.


If you have been to an Oil Painting Beginners course, and it was fine on the day, but you feel rusty, have slightly lost confidence and can’t quite remember what to do…this is the course for you. A one day gallop through the basics to set you off on the oil painting path.

Painting with oils is great fun once you get going, so come along to remind yourself that you CAN do it.

Courses are now booked via https://hampshireart.studio/shop/.

For this class please bring a mix of paints, rags, brushes, solvents, your palette, palette knife and a few things to paint on (paper, boards or canvas – not too small). Whilst you are on the Hampshire Art studio site have a look at the oil painting basket of materials from CASS ART. They can supply anything you are missing with a 10% discount if you go from our site.

Sorolla, paints and packing


Slightly struggling, I am putting together a list of equipment for artists to take to Casa Rosa for our week of painting in October. As I  try to make a reasonable (not enormous) list of suggested colours I thought I’d look at palettes used by Spanish masters. Joachin Sorolla, a glorious artist renowned for his depiction of light was my first thought; what a  distraction. Every picture is singing with life and light.

There is a major exhibition of his work coming to the National Gallery in London in spring of 2019. For more information try this link Sorolla exhibition

Joaquín_Sorolla_-_Chicos_en_la_playa.jpg

Apparently his plein air palette was as follows: Cobalt Violet, Rose Madder, All the Cadmium Reds, Cadmium Orange, All the Cadmium Yellows, Yellow Ochre, Chrome Green, Viridian, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Lead White

Newspaper article about Sorolla

So many happy distractions and I am no further on with what to take re equipment for a Spanish painting holiday. Clearly, a full Sorolla palette is not very helpful. The list will emerge very soon.