“I found DANIEL SMITH paints shortly after moving to Seattle. I tried out a few and was immediately impressed. The colors stretch smoothly, and are extremely clear. I slowly shifted into using paints by DANIEL SMITH, and now my whole color palette solely relies on them. I had a hard time finding the right shades of green for when I was painting the lighted parts of a leaf. Then, I found a beautiful pure green that perfectly fit the color I had in mind. I would definitely recommend these paints for painting the delicate petals of a flower because of the paints’ clarity and freshness!”
Why did you select the DANIEL SMITH colors on your palette?
“I chose colors that had an impact on me. I chose the best fit for every basic and foundation color that I use on a regular basis. I personally use many yellows and greens, because the slight differences in the color makes all the difference.”
What makes DANIEL SMITH the best choice for you?
“5 years ago, I was looking for an art supply store and DANIEL SMITH was close by, so I dropped by. When I went in, the worker there gave me lots of advice about what paints to use, so I bought some and tried them out. I immediately fell in love with the paints! I also learned more about the company, such as that its products are environmentally friendly and founded in Seattle. When I need a very specific color, I can easily find that exact fit at a DANIEL SMITH store. Since I live in Seattle, it makes me want to root for companies that have begun here as well.”
What about DANIEL SMITH Watercolors makes you excited to paint?
“There are some colors that are no match to any other company, specifically called “Moonglow“. I think this color is especially gorgeous, with hints of green even though it is a purple paint. I use it for almost all my paintings because it is so utilizable and I use it across a whole spectrum of paintings. Another color that gets me excited to paint is the color “Manganese Blue Hue“. This color is especially beautiful, and helps me paint water or glass or anything transparent in a painting. I also use it for shadows as well.”
About Artist Chihiro Yabe
Born and raised in Japan, Chihiro enjoyed painting as a child. It became clear at an early age that she was destined for a career in fine arts. Her works can be described as realistic with a European and Japanese flavor. She then went on to pursuing her passion in watercolor painting. She has been invited to prestigious international exhibitions such as Thailand, Korea and Japan. Also, her works were selected into the Transparent Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Today, her works has been featured in two magazine issues including Pratique des Arts, as well as the International Artist Magazine. She is a signature status of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and Japan Watercolor Society. She hopes her paintings bring joy and serenity to viewers.
DANIEL SMITH Original Oil Portrait Palette by Chihiro Yabe