I really, genuinely need sleep right now, but I’ve been browsing looking at paint colors…and I need to say that my impression of the Winsor colors (Winsor Blue, etc.) was based on an old formulation and with aged paint. I’ve taken a look at the current Winsor colors (noting there is now a “Green Shade” and “Red Shade” of Winsor Blue, for example), and they do look very nice.
I should be able to put together a basic pack of fresh paints for under $30…I’m guessing it would be best not to try and save too much money on paints and brushes, given that the result is drastically different depending on the quality of the materials.
And my Yasutomo brush does have a good amount of spring, which I found on testing it today. I also found, though, that there is a very different method to working with the “Oriental” brushes that I was unaware of until today. So it looks like I should aim for watercolor brushes in the near future.