Zeke Garcia went out into the field, set up to paint, and discovered that he didn’t have a tube of white. The result was an adaption that worked beautifully.
“I’m always forgetting something,” says Garcia. “This time I was all set up and ready to go, and bam! No white. I scrounged through my bag and the closest thing I had was metallic silver.”
Garcia reports that he needed to use the white of the canvas to a large extent rather than rely on the metallic silver paint. But overall, he was pleased. “I had to use more pure color, and the painting felt richer and not as chalky,” says the Seattle artist. “Also, the silver paint worked great for the overcast sky and tree trunks that were light-colored.”