About

Hello. My name is Laureen. I have a dog named Phyllis who loves nothing more than to walk in the woods. Needless to say, I am happy to oblige. Whenever I see a beautiful spot along the path, I have to paint it.

In case you are wondering, these are the materials I use:

Watercolors:

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My husband gifted me this MaimeriBlu watercolor palette on our trip to Florence. 

This is the only watercolor palette I use for creating all my paintings. It’s comprised of transparent, mostly single pigment MaimeriBlu paints. I chose this brand for its vibrant and highly translucent colors, and because they are vegan-friendly – except for those few colors containing PBk9 (bone char) which I steer clear of. The full pans in the mixing wells will eventually replace the half pans, once they’re empty. I also own a few beautiful Daniel Smith watercolors. However, I’ve recently decided to put them aside for the moment as I feel their somewhat granulating properties can be a little over-powering for the style I am currently trying to achieve.

Please note: Some of the older paintings displayed on this blog were painted with Schmincke Horadam watercolors. I do no longer use this brand since all their paints contain ox gall.
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All transparent, artist grade watercolors. The lightfastness ratings may not be accurate as the ratings on the tubes sometimes differ from the ratings on the official website.

I recently added Rose Lake, Permanent Red Deep, and Viridian to my palette. As you can see, some colors look too similar: the result of not having seen any swatches in person. I, therefore, won’t be repurchasing some of the colors. Berlin Blue and Transparent Mars Brown, however, will always have a spot in my palette!

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MaimeriBlu 15ml watercolor tubes.

Synthetic Brushes:

Brushes
I keep all my brushes in this Mason jar.

Brand: Escoda

Series: Versàtil, Ùltimo, Perla

Brand: daVinci

Series: Casaneo, Cosmotop Spin, Junior Synthetics

Brand: Raphael

Series: Precision

Gelatin-free Watercolor Paper:

Fabriano Artistico 300g/140lb. cold press