FAQ & Materials I Use

This is a breakdown of the materials I currently use for watercolor painting. If you have any specific questions about my materials or my plein air setup, please email me at km@artofkm.com.

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Watercolor Paint

These are the colors currently in my plein air watercolor palettes. These are all tube paints that I have put into half/full pans and assembled myself.

  • Sepia (ShinHan)

  • Van Dyke Brown (ShinHan)

  • Winsor Red Deep (Winsor & Newton)

  • Burnt Sienna (Van Gogh)

  • Brown Madder (new addition!) (Winsor & Newton)

  • Venetian Red (Daniel Smith)

  • Crimson Lake (ShinHan)

  • Alizarin Crimson (Da Vinci)

  • Raw Sienna (Daniel Smith)

  • Yellow Ochre (Van Gogh)

  • Goethite (Daniel Smith)

  • Buff Titanium (Daniel Smith)

  • Lemon/Hansa Yellow (Da Vinci)

  • Winsor Yellow Deep (Winsor & Newton)

  • Leaf Green (Holbien)

  • Sap Green (ShinHan)

  • Winsor Green - Blue Shade (Winsor & Newton)

  • Perylene Green (Winsor & Newton)

  • Ultramarine (Daniel Smith)

  • Phthalo Blue (Da Vinci)

  • Dioxazine Purple (Sennelier)

  • Indigo (ShinHan)

Current Palette: Holbein Aluminum 26 well Palette

My current in-studio palette is the aluminum Holbein palette - I wanted to try out a larger metal palette to compare it to plastic.

The current colors in this palette are:

  • Buff Titanium (Daniel Smith)

  • Lemon Yellow (Holbein)

  • Quinacridone Gold (Daniel Smith)

  • Yellow Ochre (Daniel Smith)

  • Raw Sienna (Daniel Smith)

  • Goethite (Daniel Smith)

  • Transparent Brown (Sennelier)

  • Sepia (ShinHan)

  • Perylene Maroon (Daniel Smith)

  • Winsor Red Deep (Winsor & Newton)

  • Crimson Lake (ShinHan)

  • Light Red (Holbein)

  • Burnt Umber (Winsor & Newton)

  • Naples Yellow Red (VanGogh)

  • Wisteria (Daniel Smith)

  • Dioxazine Purple (Sennlier)

  • Indathrene Blue (Daniel Smith)

  • Ultramarine Deep (Sennelier)

  • Lavender (Daniel Smith)

  • Peacock Blue (ShinHan)

  • Cobalt Blue (Winsor & Newton)

  • Cobalt Teal (Daniel Smith)

  • Undersea Green (Daniel Smith)

  • Serpentine (Daniel Smith)

  • Perylene Green (Daniel Smith)

  • Neutral Tint (Holbein)

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Studio Brushes:

I currently use a mishmash of brush shapes and sizes, most of which are synthetic natural fibre blends. My must have brushes are the 3/4” flat, a #8 and #4 round, and a #2 Raphael Cat’s Tongue.

Plein Air Brushes:

I am currently using this Jack Richeson Plein Air brushset. I also use a variety of round and flat brushes that range from pure synthetic to kolinsky sable, depending on the subject matter.

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Paper & Sketchbooks

I am currently searching for a good watercolor sketchbook to use for plein air painting. In the studio my current favorite is both Hot and Cold pressed Fluid brand watercolor paper, or large Arches or Fabriano Cold press 22”x 30” sheets.

Animal Portraiture, Jan 26th 2019 @Opus Coquitlam

The Scottish FOld cat was painted on a quarter sheet of Winsor & Newton Hot Press paper, and the pug was painted on FLuid 100% cotton Hot Press paper. If you have any questions from the demo, please email me!

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