Colour Mixing for Skin Tones with Nicole Sleeth

February 18, 2022


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 topics, including:

  • 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
  • & 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!


Suggested Materials List For This Demo:

Oil Paints

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Transparent Earth Red
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Phthalo Green

All Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors Cadmium Yellow Light

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors Transparent Earth Red

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors Titanium White


Williamsburg Oil Paints

  • Permanent Crimson
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Ultramarine Blue

All Williamsburg Oil Paints

Williamsburg Oils – Quinacridone Red

Williamsburg Oils – Permanent Crimson

Williamsburg Oils – Ultramarine Blue


Gesso, Mediums, and Other Painting Supplies

Gamblin Oil Painting Ground

Gamblin Galkyd Medium (For Underpainting)

Gamblin Polyvinyl Acetate Size

Opus Essential Odourless Solvent

Opus Exhibition canvas (deep)

Glass palette

Grey palette paper underneath palette

Paper towel


Brushes & Palette Knives

Brushes: Mostly flats, sizes 2-10:

Princeton Imperial 6600 Brushes

Princeton Refine Series 5400 Brushes

Princeton Aspen Series 6500 Brushes

Opus Finest Palette Knife 110

Additional Brushes:

  • HJ Series 10 bristle
  • Princeton 7400 red sable
  • Raphael Paris Classics
  • Deserres Mongolian Sable



Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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