As the painting progressed, I saw that he needed more bubbles and maybe some waves. They like to play in the waves. So it was time to break that bubble with some nice swirling design. I used quite a bit of my mineral paints to get the rich textures in the water and on the turtle itself. Most were carefully layered to give me as much control as possible. I think the biggest disappointment beginner watercolorists experience is when they try to rush the process.
The best bet is to work several pieces at a time so one can dry while you play with another painting. This is also a good time to work on any practice pieces or sketches you have on the sidelines. Those always seem to fall into the sidelines, but they are perfect for working on while a wash dries on a major piece.
This guy was actually a birthday present for a dear friend who introduced me to honus in Maui. Birthday paintings are always appreciated by the friends and family who receive them. another great practice!