Since I mentioned switching to Schmincke paints, I've gotten emails and some comments asking about them. I thought I'd paint the same subject using my old palette and my new Schmincke one. The results are pretty dramatic. The Schmincke sketch is first. Even though the two sketches are painted slightly differently ( the second one is looser and quicker), you get the idea. Here they are:
Not only was it MUCH easier to get darker values with the Schminckes, the paint seemed to handle better, covering the paper more fluidly. I tried to use the same brushes, about the same amount of water, etc. My old palette is a combination of Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton, a Sennelier or two. I note the Schminckes don't granulate as much as many of the Daniel Smiths. Since I love granulation, I will not give up my old palette. But I'm happy sticking to Schminckes just now and exploring their qualities. I've only just begun.
PS: To really understand Schmincke paints, you have to have a wider range than that found in the small travel kit. I tried that set months ago, and like Robyn of Have Dogs, Will Travel, I didn't like the colors at all! They seemed very, very brash. The more subtle Schmincke colors appear in in larger sets.