Very unlikely since I JUST bought a house here it seems. On the water. Very excited at the painting possibilities there.
This was a recent teaching demo from my class. I have been experimenting with different whites in my life painting particularly as it was the end of the semester and I could have a little fun. If I had a bomb it didn't matter. There is not much to prove toward the end of a teaching semester. You are either a crowd-pleaser or not at this point. Those who don't care for you have long left the room.
My usual white is Permalba but I have had fun playing with zinc white which is way more transparent but also quite stiff until you add some medium.
Not sure I would use zinc on a commission. Permalba is a good sturdy all round white it seems to me. But I do like the glazing qualities that zinc white has. Seems like a real 'cool' shade of white too. I wonder if it cracks more? Probably unless one is careful observing fat over lean principle.
I had fun building the paint up in on the light side but it took a while. At first it felt like I was making a milky soup kind of mess.
I also like painting yellow...I had asked the model to bring a yellow ballerina gown my class had painted her in before. Vermeer painted yellow so well using lead tin yellow a lot which is close to our lemon yellow today.
I found a company called Natural Pigments http://naturalpigments.com/which is really worth checking out. They are replicating much of what the old masters used for their paints from natural pigments, hence the title, including lead tin yellow and the blue azurite that Vermeer apparently used. Yellow and blue were a color combo he often used. These two paints aren't cheap however. But for those of you painting on trust funds...no matter. Vermeer had no such luck. He was broke most of the time and traded bread for his paintings and paintings for his supplies from his benefactor.