I always begin my painting with a plan. this helps ensur the success of the project. In addition to my sketchbook studies, I always do a quick thumbnail sketch to sudy the value patterns. After doing this, I have a roadmap I can work with.
After stretching my 140lb. Arches watercolor paper I tape off the edges with masking tape to create a clean finish edge for the framer. I now do a light outline drawing on the paper with a 4H pencil to give myself some guidelines. I begin the painting with the sky using wet-into-wet painting technique.
I use a series of transparent glazes as I build up the darks in the painting. Although the water is done mostly wet-into-wet I must be careful to leave white paper show through where the foreground ripples will be.