Recently I was trying out different colors to create atmospheric scenes. I start out with a loose idea of what I want to paint and always block in the sky first. I then stand back and look at the watercolor to see what I want to add to make it more interesting. After painting the sky, far hills and the flat marsh, I thought how boring the piece looked. Then I remembered what my art instructor Jerry Stitt always tells us when a piece has too many verticals or horizontals in it - use an opposite thrust. So I added the bulrushes in the foreground. It definitely made the piece come alive. That's what's so exciting about painting, you can start out with one idea for a piece and end up with a totally different result from what you planned.