This photo shows how much paint I took on my recent 11 week trip to Europe.
I like to make up the pans of paint beforehand so that when I’m travelling I don’t have to worry about:
- sourcing replacement paint (Daniel Smith is not always easy to find)
- the hassle of making new pans up when I’m on the move (some of these colours take up to a week to dry)
- the extra weight/baggage of paint tubes.
More about my allowances here.
- In summary, my allowance was pretty good and you can see that I still have plenty of paint left. (Click here if you want a full listing of the paint in my palette)
- I didn’t use as much DS Cerulean Blue Chromium as I expected, or DS Sap Green. The reason for the first might be because I now have a pre-mixed grey (Soft Grey) so I use less of the Cerulean than I did in previous years. Using less Sap Green might be a sign that I didn’t do enough landscapes!?!
- I did need replacements for my two reds – DS Quin Rose and DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange. I have never had to replace them before, but in hindsight I should have added a spare for both especially as I had plenty of red roofs to sketch over the 11 weeks. I was able to ask local sketcher Chantal Vincent (thanks!) to make up a half pan of each colour and bring them to Porto which was great.
- The big surprise was DS Van Dyke Brown. I went through so much of it that I had to buy some Winsor and Newton and top up in Porto. The Winsor and Newton VD Brown is not as good (for me) as the Daniel Smith version as it’s warmer (more like a Burnt Umber – I prefer a cooler brown) and because it contains black (the Daniel Smith is simply PBr7 without any black). So why did I use so much of it? Maybe I’m adding more darks in my sketches?
- On other trips I have run low in my supply of WN Potter’s Pink, DS Buff Titanium and/or WN Cobalt Turquoise Light. But this trip I didn’t seem to use as much.
I create this reports primarily for my own record as it helps a lot to plan the next time around. But I hope that it is of some interest to you!