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buying watercolours in Spain

Kiwi-family

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Does anyone know if it is possible to buy tubes of Daniel Smith watercolours in Spain? And if so, whereabouts?
 
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MarkyD

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Does anyone know if it is possible to buy tubes of Daniel Smith watercolours in Spain? And if so, whereabouts?
Absolutely, I live in Madrid and I am a fan of DS watercolour paints. You can get them in Bellas Artes Jeco in Madrid and Vpiera Bellas Artes in Barcelona, both have online shopping options. There is also another online store called Artemiranda.
 
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Kiwi-family

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Did you search Google with these terms? This appears to be one Spanish source.
Indeed I did, but I hoped someone with experience might be able to produce more options than google - which is exactly what has happened!
Why don't you refill your pans before you go? You could also fill a second set if you think you'll go through that much watercolor.
I do fill my pans and usually take a second set of the colours I expect to use up, but I was wondering about just buying a tube there if I ran out. Presumably it would be near the end of a trip and I would not have to carry the extra pans the whole time.

Thanks you @MarkyD and @SabineP and @mspath for the pointers.
 

Kiwi-family

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Absolutely, I live in Madrid and I am a fan of DS watercolour paints. You can get them in Bellas Artes Jeco in Madrid and Vpiera Bellas Artes in Barcelona, both have online shopping options. There is also another online store called Artemiranda.
What are your favourite colours for Spanish buildings/countryside? On my previous trips the colours have always struck me as so different to the greens I live amongst in New Zealand!
I'm thinking quinacridone gold * naples yellow * goethite (or monte amiata natural sienna) * buff titanium * van dyke brown * transparent red oxide (or burnt sienna) * transparent pyrrol orange * maybe indian red * potters pink (because I love it) * raw umber * quinacridone rose * maybe pyrrol crimson * hansa yellow medium and light * ultramarine (or French) * cerulean blue chromium * indanthrone blue * maybe phthalo blue green shade and maybe jadeite genuine and green apatite genuine
They are all half pans, except for the ones in italics.
I would be happy to hear your suggestions.
 

MarkyD

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What are your favourite colours for Spanish buildings/countryside? On my previous trips the colours have always struck me as so different to the greens I live amongst in New Zealand!
I'm thinking quinacridone gold * naples yellow * goethite (or monte amiata natural sienna) * buff titanium * van dyke brown * transparent red oxide (or burnt sienna) * transparent pyrrol orange * maybe indian red * potters pink (because I love it) * raw umber * quinacridone rose * maybe pyrrol crimson * hansa yellow medium and light * ultramarine (or French) * cerulean blue chromium * indanthrone blue * maybe phthalo blue green shade and maybe jadeite genuine and green apatite genuine
They are all half pans, except for the ones in italics.
I would be happy to hear your suggestions.
This is an arty question and I'm only a hobbyist at watercolour painting. However, as I live in Spain I paint a lot from photos I take and some plein air stuff.

The greens are always more varied in the wetter areas of Spain, such as Galicia and towns and villages on the Camino del Norte. A couple of yellows (warm and cold) with maybe more selection of blues (warm and cold) will enable you to mix most greens and the extra blues will be useful for the huge skies that you'll be seeing - and when/if you get to the coast. Bring some gorgeous sunset and sunrise colours two, because you will stunned by what those big skies can reveal.

I'd say you might do well to take a small selection of earths and neutrals too. This will help with painting shadows and getting some of those more stone-like shades for buildings and many other facets of the rural areas that you will come across.

There are also marvelous and truly wonderful flowers throughout the Camino routes, so your reds, oranges, pinks, purples, teal blue and some gouache white might be handy too. Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Sienna, Perylene Maroon and Rich Green Gold could add a bit of spice to some paintings if you like that approach. Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna Light, Red Ochre, Transparent Brown and/or Red Oxide can also be tempting to have in your palette. Wait, this palette is now almost the size of your rucksack...

Alternatively, you could keep it minimal with a good set of quality primaries and some earths and neutrals. From that selection you should be able to mix a huge variety of suitable colours. For some artists and sketchers it's more about capturing the essence of what one sees than trying to do a photo-realistic representation. That, of course, depends on the artist and what they like to do.

I seem to remember that there were some posts here by someone who shared some of his watercolour sketches. They were very good at capturing the Camino, often in a very humorous manner. They were more like illustrations than paintings.
 

PNeer

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Absolutely, I live in Madrid and I am a fan of DS watercolour paints. You can get them in Bellas Artes Jeco in Madrid and Vpiera Bellas Artes in Barcelona, both have online shopping options. There is also another online store called Artemiranda.
just checked - these locations are easy to find and near areas you will likely visit if you are in Madrid or Barcelona
 

Theresa Brandon

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I like the Daniel Smith Primatek line, especially the granulating colors, for foliage and rocks - they practically paint themselves. I use a very limited palette for travel - Green Gold, Green Apatite, Cascade Green. Lunar Violet for shadows and shades. Mummy Bauxite for browns. I supplement with Qor primaries (yellow, magenta, cyan). The Daniel Smith dot cards are a great way to sample many colors. Try mixing Lunar Violet with any of the other colors for some really unique mixes.
 
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Kiwi-family

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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I like the Daniel Smith Primatek line, especially the granulating colors, for foliage and rocks - they practically paint themselves. I use a very limited palette for travel - Green Gold, Green Apatite, Cascade Green. Lunar Violet for shadows and shades. Mummy Bauxite for browns. I supplement with Qor primaries (yellow, magenta, cyan). The Daniel Smith dot cards are a great way to sample many colors. Try mixing Lunar Violet with any of the other colors for some really unique mixes.
Useful suggestions thanks - and nice to see some of your work in other threads. I have not tried Mummy Bauxite but will give it a go. Do you use any particular primaries?
 

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