Full Disclosure: A few month's ago, at my request, Golden sent me several tubes of their new QoR watercolor to try out. I'd tried a few sample packs and could tell that I wanted more. I've been using these for several months now. I wanted to give them a thorough test drive before reviewing and I'm happy with the report.
The colors from these swatches are straight from the tubes. My first impression were that these colors are very highly pigmented and clear beautiful colors. Is it the Aquazol? Here's the QoR promotional video.
QoR behaves beautifully in graded washes and play well with my Daniel Smiths & M Grahams. I used them in my Mixed Media Watercolor class over at Curious.com along with my usual palette. I love their Earth colors. This would definitely be the palette for Rome.
In particular, Naples yellow is a color I don't usually buy because it's very weak blender. But this one is very pigmented. Note the difference between DS Indigo and QoR Indigo. DS is more like a Paynes Gray (one of my standard colors). QoR is a truer Indigo.
Check out that orange above and the line around the edge of it. Look at the way that violet just swoons into the red and blue. Love. I'll be doing a video in the next few weeks and sharing more of my color palettes and you'll see how they behave on paper.
PS: I'm using Pam Carriker's Palette stencil for these swatches. Really fun for tube colors and straight up mixes.
and one more PS: While it's important for me to see how watercolors pool and run, these may be a little sloppier than usual due to the steroids I was on last week for my back. My back is feeling much better. But "UGH" to steroids.