My first investment was in a set of watercolors. I got the Winsor&Newton Cotman 16 half-pan set HERE. I’ve been pleased with the set – of course I substituted a couple of colors. I took out one yellow and one blue to put in another green and a violet. I plant to refill the pans from tubes as necessary.
Of course, someday I hope to get a bigger professional grade set like Schmincke – but, I’ll have to start selling some of my paintings if I want to do that!