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I do keep a white gouache, but don’t have white watercolor because when I use white, it is for the opacity as well as the lightening effect. I also have buff titanium for sand when I do seascapes. I’m not one of the people who cringe back in horror at the thought of using black or white watercolor. I think with any endeavor a person should use the tools available. Sometimes, you want more opacity for whatever reason, and need to mix in a little white. Sometimes you don’t quite know how big a highlight should be until you’ve painted the area around it (especially if you are painting from your imagination). I expect my one tube of gouache to last most of my life, because I use it so seldom. But I wouldn’t be without it, because when I need it I need it. Rather than avoiding white, I think it’s a matter of learning when you really need it.