For this painting, I wanted to try a few things differently. First, I didn't use any masking fluid. Masking fluid is a special type of thick paint (it resembles Elmer's glue) that you use on any areas you would like to preserve as the original white of the paper. However, it is tricky to get the tiny details I require and it occasionally ruins the tooth of the watercolor paper. Since this painting, I've gone back to using it again for specific sections, but it still is tricky to get fine lines. I also used gouache ( an opaque watercolor-like paint) in the leaves of the tree, details on the front porch and garden, a technique that I will continue to explore more in future work.
Here are a few in progress snapshots... this house is particularly important to me, because it is where I grew up!