I then begin with a wet-in-wet wash for the sky allowing the pigments to mingle and run together while wet. Sometimes I will tip and turn the paper letting the pigment flow in different directions. It is completed in just a few minutes and allowed to dry with no overglazing.
A good way to build up texture on the rocks with watercolor is to splatter with clear water just before the glaze dries. This creates a fun random texture that looks very much like stains on the canyon walls.
The rocks and sky are now fairly complete, so I am going to move down into the water area and start the complex series of reflections that are characteristic of Lake Powell. When they are laid in I will add more detail and contrast to the rocks.
Now I work on the undulating reflections in the foreground with larger shapes in front and smaller ones as they recede in space. Within those shapes I lay out the bending reflections of the rocks, with their smooth hard edges. All of this is done with a wet-on-dry technique to keep the edges crisp.