I look for images that excite me, capture them on my camera, and download them into my computer. Perhaps one in a hundred has the magic I am looking for. As a watercolorist, I use good quality paper, 300 #, hot or cold press, usually smooth with minimal texture. I make a pencil drawing that guides the painting and helps avoid blunders of proportion. I usually paint from top downwards, starting with sky, finishing with foreground. I use washes to avoid laying on color too strongly, thus minimizing light coming through from white paper below. I paint variously: wet on wet merging colors, wet on dry for hard edges, or wet on damp to soften edges. I use masking fluid to protect white paper, occasionally sprinkle salt or use sea sponge to dab paint on and create texture. I use moist sponges to remove paint, exposing white paper again. Paper towels are essential.