Here's my art gear, most of it, for the trip:
You can see how much I've pared down since my trip to Paris last October.
Of course, I'm not going to be gone for a month this time, but I've also eliminated the Kremer paint tin as well as most of the Daniel Smith mineral-based paints.
Kremer paints are SO opaque. They just don't behave the way I want them to in sketches. I think they'd work well for studio work, though, when you're not after the quick, the loose, the light-filled so much.
I've been very disappointed, over the long haul, in the Daniel Smith mineral-based paints. Looking back at my Paris sketchbook (which you see in today's photo), I note a LOT of color fading. I'm not happy. Minnesota Pipestone, zoisite, and blue ochre are the most ephemeral of those I used. Kyanite's fine.
Ah well, live and learn.
I've also eliminated DS green gold. It's way too loud for me.
I've added Daniel Smith indigo, eliminated Daniel Smith azurite. I'm experimenting with the former. The latter isn't necessary, so off with its head!
I'm still a Daniel Smith fan. As far as their mineral-based paints go, I'm less enthusiastic.
People write to me fairly frequently to ask about my palette. I felt it was time, therefore, for a little palette update.
And now, it is time to finish packing.
She Who Waits 'til the Last Minute