I did manage to overcome this back in 2002 when I took a watercolor class. I love watercolor paintings and was so excited for this class. I thought it would be an easy thing to learn. Wrong! The class gave me a new respect for watercolor artists. The good ones are truly amazing, because painting with watercolors is hard!
I knew from the start of this class that watercolors and I were not going to get along to well. You see great watercolor paintings require the use of white space. And I am not good at leaving white space. I want to cover the entire paper with color. Once my teacher showed me how to start painting an apple. She did the outline and left a small spot of white as a reflection. Then the she told me to keep finish it. First thing I did, paint over that white spot. She just shook her had and walked away. Opps! Another problem I had was adapting to the fact that watercolors do not allow you to add light colors to areas where you have painted with dark colors. I like to layer my colors and when I make a mistake I want to be able to let it dry and simply paint over it. This cannot be done with watercolors.
Although I had a good time painting things like this
I really wanted to paint pictures like this: