10-18-06 I felt like experimenting this morning with background and foreground. This 6" x 9 1/2" watercolor is on hot press paper which is a very smooth paper. When water is spritzed or a watery wash is applied, it doesn't sink in very much. To me, this paper is best suited to applying the paint in a stroke and then leaving that stroke alone. So it is important that the paint to water ratio be as close to what one wants when applying the paint. This painting has several layers because I didn't get my paint as thick as it needed to be so I glazed color in layers. Painting a layer, drying it, then painting another layer. I spritzed, drizzled, spattered, and tilted the paper to get some of the effects.