Palomino Espresso

May 19, 2014 | 6 Comments

Going to highly rated palomino espresso at 10.30 Monday morning meant crowded cafe small table and a  highly visible sketching position.

Small palette in action added to the challenge but I enjoyed my tea and cake very much! (next time coffee and muffins which they are more famous for!)

But it was a  good test of my small palette.

  • The overall small size was great as I was sitting in cramped conditions but….
  • Although it contains 14 out of my standard 16 colours and being more or less a similar configuration I don’t know this palette- I NEED to know instinctively where the colours are and made a number of mistakes – picking up a heap of the quin rose rather than the P. orange (this is strange as the first three colours on the right are exactly the same!)
  • And then I only have a small mixing area, didn’t feel like sacrificing the napkin to clean up the palette and couldn’t access my other ones in my bag.
  • I think cleaning the mixing area during the sketch might be needed and also perhaps I need a second water container.

Anyway… these are the kind of things that need to be sorted in order for me to work comfortably on location….



  • Love espresso and muffins; sounds like my kind of place!!! I have image in my head of you being elbow to elbow with other customers and am amazed you were able to paint with the conditions you mention. Nevertheless, the sketch came out wonderfully!

  • Cathy says:

    Great rich colors! What colors did you decide to use in your box? I have a similar box, but it only has room for 12, could you let me know where you got yours? I really appreciate how you explain how you go through your process in making your sketches too!

  • Vibrant delicious colors.

  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks!! yes some days the colours just want to be saturated!

  • Liz Steel says:

    I got my from Arters in Singapore. I haven't got time to list colours at the moment- but I will. I got more in by using the smaller WN ones (Jane blundell sanded the ends of the half pans)

  • Liz Steel says:

    got it in one- thanks Sherry!

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