One of the main reasons that I love painting with watercolors is that they allow you to be free and spontaneous. Applying all of that beautiful color to wet paper and watching the paints move and mingle of their own free will is a glorious sight. It can also be very scary and intimidating.
I have found that it helps to choose your colors before you start painting and to use a limited palette to avoid creating mud. Start with large, abstract shapes of color on the wet paper and continue to refine them each application of paint. Using negative painting to define the shapes after everything has dried is a wonderful way to create order out of chaos.
We keep getting teased with spring like weather here in Tennessee and then slammed with frigid temperatures but I am staying nice and warm in my studio. I always love painting flowers and decided to first apply masking fluid with a very fine tipped applicator to define the flower and leaf shapes in this bouquet. I painted with bright, spring colors of yellow, blue and green and removed the masking when everything was dry to reveal clean, white line work,