Have you been to workshops? They are so much fun, but also tiring! A good workshop teaches you so much that it makes your brain hurt, but there is little I like more than days spent with other artists!
Apart from framing finished work, paints are the most expensive supply needed for watercolor painting. Some workshop instructors tell you to just bring what paints you have; other instructors have LOOOOOONG lists of paints they "suggest" that you bring.
The first workshop that I attended was by Jane Angelhart. She was teaching portrait painting and suggested a round (Quiller) palette with a very specific list of paints.
Luckily, I had recently purchased the entire Quinacridone line from Daniel Smith, so that accounted for a few paints, while still leaving me a large list. I purchased about half of the ones that I didn't already own. The others, I substituted similar ones or borrowed a little during the workshop from Jane or fellow attendees.
Naively, I thought I was set for life in the paints category. When I took John Salminen's workshop, he said "bring whatever paints you like." The palette that I took to that workshop is below.
Almost immediately after the workshop with a limited palette, a last minute spot in a workshop with Charles Passarelli became available. He uses an extensive palette. I took a picture of the myriad of paints he uses!
Although I didn't run out and buy new paints for or even after that workshop, I would like to get a few of them at some point: Shadow Green, Leaf Green, Buff Titanium and Sky Blue. They do come in quite handy for landscapes.
As I prepare for next week, I discover that Anne Abgott uses a lot of colors too. But, even with my stockpile of forty-three different paint colors, there are twenty colors listed that I do not have.
Anne's list: Burnt Scarlet, Verditer Blue, Mineral Violet, Sap Green, Gamboge Nova, Aureolin, Scarlet Lake, Permanent Rose, Naples Yellow, Indigo, Brown Madder, Rose Violet, Opera, Greenish Yellow, Manganese Hue, Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Teal Blue, Undersea Green, Quinacridone Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Blue, Russian Green, Transparent Turquoise, Permanent Blue, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Violet, Warm Grey, Light Grey, Caput Mortum, June Bug, Shadow Violet, Red Brown, Sepia, and Payne's Grey
It remains to be seen what new paints I will buy. I had planned to get Undersea Green, but just read that it is Quinacridone Gold and Ultramarine Blue, so I can make my own. Research is rewarded!
I'm about to bike over to our two art supply sources in town and purchase a few colors and perhaps splurge on a large round brush since Anne uses really big ones!
I look forward to writing next week about my color mingling and daring color workshop experience!