I started out with liquid frisket (or masking fluid) to preserve the white of the paper for the waves and the clouds. After wetting the entire page, I washed my colors on. After removing the frisket with an eraser, I softened the edges of the clouds and added more definition so that they weren't so stark. All in all, I was pleased with the result. It is so amazing when you're on the coast...the sky is ever shifting and changing and the ocean mimics the sky's mood.
For this painting, I wet the entire page and dropped all of the colors on at once.....hooker's green, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue and new gamboge yellow....in differing combinations. After letting the page dry, I sketched out the flower shapes according to how the colors ran together and continued on from there, darkening up leaves and stems and painting all of the small shapes in varying shades and depths. It helped me to continually be sketching new shapes as I went along so that I wouldn't get lost. Shake on a tiny bit of salt while your page is wet and it will give you a slight dappled look. At the very end, I lifted some small circles in the darker colors.
BTW, if anyone has any naming ideas for these paintings, please let me know in the comments section...I'm terrible at naming my paintings.