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I've been home this morning with my son, Nick, who's had a reaction to the tetanus booster that he received yesterday. His throat constricted a bit, but he could breathe and swallow (although uncomfortably), so I've been watching him. He seems better now.

While home, I decided to weed out the watercolor tubes that I have for what I want in my essential palette of colors. Schmid's book was very instrumental in this, not so much for color selection but for the idea that it is important to do this. Then I can later mix each color with another to see that it's what I need and what it produces.

So here it is:

I initially bought Winsor & Newton's Cotman line of paints, but they're not only a bit streaky, the lids for the tubes are horrible and ill-fitting. I sent an email to Winsor & Newton about it and never heard back from them, so in the strongest manner I can, I dissuade anyone from purchasing Winsor & Newton or Cotman.

I'm using Grumbacher Academy paints and I'm happy with those. Smooth, and the Grumbacher Red is the truest red that I've found. And the lids are lovely!

So, since Nick is better, I'm off to take him to school and me to work. Hopefully sometime this week, I'll get back to painting. Sketching is cool and necessary practice, but I like colors.


Tags: nick | painting | palette
by Brett Rogers, 4/19/2005 12:31:49 PM


"If you hear a voice within you say, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced."
— Vincent Van Gogh



Posted by Anonymous, 4/20/2005 4:12:01 PM

That is such a great quote. Especially coming from Van Gogh. I know little of him, but I do know that he started into painting a bit slowly and awkwardly. His early sketches, for example, weren't "that great." But he worked hard at it and got it going. Quite an amazing story.

Thanks for mentioning that... you rock :)

I may put that quote at the top of my blog... or maybe I'll do a quote generator that rotates or randomly chooses a quote when you visit.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 4/20/2005 5:28:10 PM

I'm hoping that Nick is doing better...? I've been concerned about him. Allergic reactions to immunizations can be ugly.



Posted by Anonymous, 4/20/2005 11:33:16 PM

Hey Kris

Nick's throat is no longer an issue. We found that his tetanus booster exaccerbated his poison ivy. It's calming down now, but oy - was he uncomfortable.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 4/21/2005 8:46:58 AM

Yikes on Nick!! Glad he is feeling better. And don't you love it when you find a color that is absolutely gorgeous right out of the tube?? I love the Ultramarine and I also like the Gamboge. I can't wait until my watercolors arrive!!
And Winsor/Newton oils are the same with the goofy lids.
Pbbt. ;P~



Posted by The Artful Blogger, 4/21/2005 9:07:28 PM

Ultramarine and Gamboge are actually very nice together as well. Thanks for letting me know about the Winsor/Newton oils... talk about bad brand management!



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 4/22/2005 8:45:18 PM

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