I am posting three examples of Exercise #5 using photographs as reference materials.  I stopped each watercolor sketch after fifteen minutes and moved on to the next one, allowing absolutely no time to fuss.  This is an excellent exercise in simplicity.

The above example shows the original photo reference, the 10 minute contour drawing and the fifteen minute watercolor sketch.  Make it simple and move on…. this is an exercise to explore color values and manipulation of color values.

The watercolor sketch was done on thin, sketchbook paper rather than watercolor paper.  Though I did not use a great deal of water, the paper still rippled excessively.  The above examples are: photo reference, 10 minute contour and fifteen minute watercolor sketch