Trained in oil painting, I've been skittish about wet on wet watercolor technique. If you mess up with this method, there's no correcting it---painting with oils and acrylics you can correct 'til the cows come home. I don't like being skittish, of course, so I found a workshop whose focus was the very technique I needed help with. Sue Archer, a very fine painter, led the workshop and did a brilliant job of teaching. Although her painting style is very different from mine, the information she shared can be used in limitless ways.
It'll be fun experimenting with this technique--- it will suit my watery theme very well. We'll see what develops!
In the meantime, here are some sketches from the week, beginning with one from a restaurant we went to that serves rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, among other things (I chose tamer fare), plus a little painting I did to fulfill a class assignment---it's not my usual style, of course, but it was useful to work within the strictures Sue set up on that day. She does a lot of layering with transparent paints to get deep, rich colors and that is the method I used for the plums and the background here.
I used a rougher paper than I normally do, Lanaquarelle 300lb Rough. I'm testing papers, paints, and techniques in preparation for my trip to Iceland in a couple of weeks!