A watercolor painting usually progresses in the following manner:
- Large shapes to small shapes
- Wet on wet to wet on dry (could also be read as from soft edges to hard edges)
- Light tones (more water in a mix) to dark tones (less water in a mix)
- Cool colors (distance) to warm colours (closer to the viewer)
All four groups move along at a similar pace at about the same time.
The above is meant as a general guide only not as a rule.