Colour Mixing for Skin Tones with Nicole Sleeth

February 18, 2022


When: Feb. 18th at 11:00 am – 12:30 (PST)



Have you ever struggled to mix and paint believable skin tones with oils? Like much of painting, there is no magic bullet for painting skin – which is what makes it fun! Multiple techniques and considerations work in tandem to create the illusion of fleshy, realistic skin.  In this demonstration, Nicole will work on an 11″x14″ (approx) figurative painting using a photo reference while discussing colour mixing, how to see and interpret colour in skin, considerations for different skin tones, creating a sense of volume, paint application, the hierarchy of colour temperature and value, and more.  She will work with a direct painting approach (no glazing).  Attendees will be able to see the photo reference, the palette, and the painting itself. Questions are welcomed.




Materials List:

Gamblin Oil Primer

Paint: Gamblin titanium white, Gamblin Transparent Earth Red, Gamblin Cadmium Red Light, Gamblin Raw Sienna, Gamblin Cadmium Yellow Light, Gamblin Phthalo Green,

Williamsburg Permanent Crimson, Williamsburg Quinacridone Red, Williamsburg Ultramarine Blue

Opus Exhibition canvas (deep)

Opus mineral spirits

Gamblin Galkyd medium (for underpainting)

Glass palette

Grey palette paper underneath palette

Brushes – mostly flats, sizes 2-10.  Brands: HJ Series 10 bristle, Princeton 7400 red sable, Princeton 6500 Aspen, Raphael Paris Classics, Deserres Mongolian Sable, Princeton 5400 Refine, Princeton 6600 Imperial.

Palette knives – these shapes 

Paper towel



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Artist Bio:

Nicole Sleeth’s work centers on the female figure as an exploration of power, connection, and lived experience. The similarity of oil paint to flesh and a desire to focus exclusively on the figure drew her to painting nudes. While holding dear the legacy of the masters, Sleeth committed to defy those very traditions through her focus on portraying the female nude with agency and an investment in character. The public evidence of this vision is in the paintings themselves. Sleeth’s award-winning work is in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, and Singapore. Her practice is based in Victoria, BC.



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February 18, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm