I have taken a bit of a hiatus from my watercolor study. Just pure watercolor. I become torn with sketching the pen and ink and watercolor way vs pure watercolor on good paper. With Urban Sketchers, the pen and ink approach seems to be my usual way to go. But I love the the looseness of a pure watercolor painting... and am not always a success at it. But I share this as a way of seeing process. The above watercolor was my first attempt at this particular set up. I just started painting on dry paper....and forgot about wetting the paper first to get the looser wet on wet look.
This is the second attempt. From a photo on the set up done the next evening. Simpler shapes and more direct with color the mandarin orange has more pop.
Third attempt, I wanted to pull the oranges up on the page and start to use more complementary colors to really make that orange pop.
Fourth attempt, I usually am so literal with color... I just thought I would force myself to change up the color palette but stay true to the values. This was really wet and lacks in some hard edges but you can still see what is going on.