W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
As part of our homework for a watercolour workshop I did a few years ago, this is a wet-on-wet practice in which I have also tried to explore all the other important points to consider when painting, like composition, tonal value, light source, etc.
Here I haven't done any sketching beforehand, but I did do quite a bit of planning in my mind about the trees and the foliage and as the colours started flowing on the wet paper, it slowly started taking shape. Just a couple of dark values and using the existing highlights and the water scene with overhanging foliage emerged. That is why watercolours and the wet-on-wet technique is so exciting - you're never quite sure of the outcome and some control is completely lost to the colours forming their own picture.
Using wet-on-wet for casting the shadows in the water