A quick sketch done on another blustery day. My water brushes, water bottle, palette and sponge all took flight. At least there was some sun to light my subject, the totem at Scatchet Beach. Having direct light was an opportunity to play with more color and contrast. Lately I've been more cognizant of how I apply color in layers on my sketches because of a discussion with my friend, Sue. She recently took a class focusing on glazing with Jan Hart down in Costa Rica. Jan's work is beautiful. It's very apparent she has a great understanding of color and pigment characteristics. The knowledge it takes to avoid mud. So I'm inspired to expand my understanding of color and pigments. I've always layered washes and never really considered it "glazing." I like a direct approach to applying watercolor, so tend to use minimal layers. Generally I've found highly pigmented colors such as cobalt blue, cerulean, manganese blue, yellow ochre etc. work best on top of transparents such as gamboge and alizarin crimson. And I like the effect of cool colors on warm. Dry time is a big issue when glazing outdoors, but today the wind took care of that!