David Dewey, in the introduction to The Watercolor Book, describes watercolor as "a medium of beguiling ironies. It takes great skill to control, yet must appear to be free of control. Physically it needs room to move easily, but without running away. Painting in watercolor requires a disciplined approach that at the same time does not stifle the results." Luckily, I hadn't read this before I started working with watercolor, as it probably would have scared me off. I would have missed some pleasurable challenges, ones that I continue to grapple with.