A year ago, I found a vintage picture of a bird's nest. I fell in love with the picture. Something about the clear blue eggs, the browns and greens of nature.
Yesterday I decided to try it out with my own hand, pencil, ink, and watercolor. I decided I couldn't have picked a more complex picture for a fairly novice watercolorist as myself, but by ten o'clock last night I was actually pleased and excited with the result.
I learned a lot while doing it, like why you start with your light colors. After painting the first twiggy sticks (at the top of the picture), I did a yellowish wash over the rest of the picture. Then a darker yellow wash, then a light brown, leaving the lighter colors showing through in various places. Eventually I started filling in the detail. I think this is what you're actually supposed to do, and I finally realized this and followed the directions. (Yes, amazing what happens when you do that!) Anyway, I couldn't be happier with it.
Now what can I try next? :)