I painted this last year on a whim. I used masking fluid and thought I was being so bad for cheating but I didn't know any other way to introduce those white egrets. It's 12x18 on 140 lb. cold press Fabriano wc paper. I went to my very first watercolor painting show this weekend as I've never seen any other original watercolors but my own. Seeing a photo in a picture is sure different than seeing it in real life. I couldn't get over so many paintings that the artists just left all the pencil lines in. When I bought my first good watercolor paints last year the salesperson said that you shouldn't use a pencil when you paint with watercolor. The first half of my learning experience was tough as I only used a brush and a light wash to do any of my watercolor paintings. I've learned since that it's ok to use a pencil too but I did learn to appreciate the difference between simply watercolor and watercolor with pencil. This painting I've posted is just watercolor. There are errors in it but seeing this big painting reminded me how happy it makes me to pull that brush full of beautiful color across those bigger sizes of paper.