This year I got a French "bed head" haircut the 1st day = problem solved.
But painting was another matter.
I noticed my paint was behaving strangely.
When I'd try lay down a color wash, the paint would race all over.
On top of that, the moist air made it take forever to dry.
"Accidents" are an integral part of painting watercolors:
More than 200 kinds of bottled water are available in France.
Walk into any French kitchen (cuisine) and you'll see stacks of Volvic, Vitel, Evian.
But when the French go out to eat, they do not order bottled water.
Because bottled water in a restaurant can cost more than wine and une carafe d'eau is free.
Every traveling watercolor artist is on the lookout for water jars.
Usually you need 2 - 1 for dirty brushes
The other for dipping into fresh paint + laying down clean washes.
My teacher, David Dewey, likes to paint with dirty water.
He can see the wet washes better on the white paper from the pigment residue in the water.
Some of us are constantly getting up to fetch clean water from the tap -- an excuse to run away from problematic paintings? Plus you get to complain at the sink with the other shirkers in class.
Or if you're at home, you can grab a snack. The sink is near the Fridge afterall.
I've heard Paul Bocuse imports French water for his overseas baguettes. I grew to love the way Paris tap water made my paints jump around and I considered bringing home a liter bottle.
But chocolate boxes and tea pots got top priority in my bag.
I did bring back the yogurt water jars though..
My French haircut is rebelling against NYC tap water I'm sorry to report :(