My absolute favorite watercolor paper is Arches. The thicker, the better because warping decreases with thicker paper. There is also another trick for this - before stretching the paper, glue a piece of vellum or tracing paper to the back. This decreases buckling.
on view until Septmeber 29, 2016
There is a gem of a show at the Getty right now, called London is Calling. It's about post-war art in London, focused on six artists: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj.
This is Michael Andrews' "Thames Painting, the Estuary", 1994-5. The wall label reads: "... On a trip to Canvey Island in Essex he made sketches, notes, and photographs of lugworm diggers and men fishing. These figures and a group taken from a photograph of late Victorians standing on the end of a Thames jetty are positioned looking out to sea, giving scale to the painting. Sand and ash are mixed with the oil paint, adding to the strong sense of place."
I'm a big fan of Old Holland oil paint. They are some of the heaviest and most translucent oil paints available and I've used them for years. So it was a no brainer to try their watercolors as well. They are equally great in quality, density and vibrancy. And a little goes a long way, as with most watercolors. Here is a color chart I made.
This is a show not to be missed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. April 24-September 11, 2016.