The middle ground is painted next. The buildings, because they are the center of interest are painted light side and shadow. side. The ground and trees and shrubs are painted to “nestle” the buildings in the composition.
Rule 42- ”The success or failure of a painting occurs before you pick up a brush.”
Planning is the key to any painting and is more important in a watercolor painting. Always have a plan B when painting just in case plan A needs adjusting.. I planned on a river bank with ice floes in the foreground. As soon as I finished this step I knew that It was a mistake. The brown river bank is much too horizontal which separates it from the rest of the composition and also flattens the picture space.
I am using Khadi watercolor paper that is much more correctable than other papers which will make plan B possible