Q & A’s

Here are some frequent questions I receive and their answers.  Please contact me if you have other questions you would like to see posted here.


Do you use oil or acrylic paint?

A: I use oil paint.  (Though I have done a few acrylic paintings in the past.)

What mediums do you use?

A: Depending on the painting and availability; I use Winsor Newton Liquin Original, Winsor Newton Liquin Impasto Gel and Winsor Newton Oleopasto.

What colours do you use?

A:  I use mostly Schminke and Old Holland brands but I also use Winsor Newton and Georgian oil paints;

Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Crimson Alizarin, Magenta (vivid pink), French Ultramarine, Phthalo Turquoise, Viridian Hue and Burnt Umber.

Other colours I like to use from time to time are; Yellow Ochre, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Sap green and Cobalt Violet.

What is a cradled panel?

A: I love painting on board but I like the look of a deep edged canvas.  So a cradled panel is basically a gessoed board with a deep edged wooden frame on the back, making it more sturdy and giving the look of a deep edged canvas.  After I paint on the front I usually paint the sides white, put hanging wire on the back and it is ready to hang.  I rarely frame my work.  These wonderful cradled panels are made for me by my wonderful Father in-law and my husband.

To the left is a finished painting on the cradled panel and to the right is an unpainted wodden cradle before the panel is attached.
To the left is a finished painting on a cradled panel and to the right is an unpainted wooden cradle before the panel is attached.












Where is your studio?

A: My studio is in my home where I live with my lovely and very tolerant husband.  It is actually in our dining room at the moment!

Do you always use a palette knife? I see there are some brush marks on some of your paintings.  

A: When painting a large landscape with little detail I use the palette knife only.  The same goes with small still life paintings.  I use a mix of brush and palette knife on larger still life paintings, about 70% palette knife and 30% brush but that can change depending on how detailed I want the painting to be.  The use of the brush also gives my wrist and elbow a break!




    1. Hello Elinor,

      Thank you! Yes, it is called hard board or masonite. The board is fixed to a plywood frame to give it support and a deep edge. My husband and father in law make my boards but there are ready made ones available through major art stores online.

      Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂


  1. hi i love your painting style,i just started learning to paint with a knife,what shapes of knifes do you use for your paintings,and how can i acheive that beautiful chunky look?! i love the texture ! thank you judy

    1. Hello Judy!

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I use all sizes of palette knife, but only the ones with a rounded tip. Personally, I like the more rounded buttery look to my palette knife marks. Do you use oils or acrylic? With oils, just use more paint, think of it like icing a cake and move the paint around with an even pressure. That way the paint spreads evenly instead of squirting out the sides. If you are using acrylic then you need to add an acrylic impasto gel medium to bulk up the paint. It will slow down the drying time so you can work with it more and give it the buttery texture of oil paint. I hope this helps!

      -Halima 🙂

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