I am planning on doing a few masters copies, but all of the guides I see always list the specific color pigments that were used. Obviously a different palette would make exact color matching difficult or impossible and the transparencies will be different. I am mainly concerned with learning the lighting which I believe is directly related to the transparencies of the layers.
Have you found that having the proper paints makes copying more educational and less frustrating, or should I be alright with the paints I have (listed below)?
I am planning on starting with a Vermeer as I have read that he used a relatively modest color palette. However, even so, I do not have many of the colors which are expressed in his paintings.
I currently have:
van dyke brown
As a side question, how much time should be invested into each piece to achieve the best educational results?