For today's lotus flower watercolor painting, I used layers and glazing of transparent watercolors. While I was learning watercolors, I was repeatedly told by teachers that going over a painted area the second time "killed" the spirit of watercolor. They sent a strong message that I must get watercolor right the first time I put brush to the paper or else give up on the painting and start again. For me, this was way more stress than I felt was necessary. It produced far more pressure than what felt to me was reasonable and healthy.
In life, we rarely perform flawlessly on the first attempt, especially when we're learning. A motto I learned while living in Louisiana was "If it doesn't make you happy, why are you doing it? Life is too short to do things that make you unhappy." The people of Louisiana live life passionately and having fun is serious business.
Fun for me is indulging in my life-long habit of looking at nature for hours every day. In doing this, I've developed an appreciation for the subtle nuances of neutral colors. Most of the natural world is not a bold, vibrant color. When you do, it should put you on alert because 99% of the time it's to warn you that you're encountering something dangerous.
When I mix colors on the watercolor palette, I end up with a dead, dull, uninspiring color. When I mix color on the paper, I get rich nuances that only get more interesting with glazing. My teachers were right about using opaque pigments (e.g., colors containing cadmium, cobalt, and natural pigments.) Glazing with those paints is, for me, a non-starter if you want something beautiful in watercolor. But layering colors and mixing with transparent pigments? Louisiana level of bliss and happiness.