Nearing the end of the watercolor phase. I'll drop in a few more all-over brown washes to ensure that it is darker and duller than I'll want the painting to actually be. Normally, when working in watercolor, one wants to be careful to preserve the white of the paper as your highlights. But I'm planning to go in with gouache paint to reestablish the lighter colors. The plan is to have the shadows transparent, and the highlights opaque. This is similar to the technique Thomas Kinkade built his Empire of Evil upon.
First taste of opacity: The sky seen through the trees in the background. Gouache is watercolor paint that is meant to be painted in thick coats. The pigments are ground in a coarser manner, and it has opaque fillers added. It works well in flat, graphic applications, and it blends easily. It also has it's temperamental aspects (your never more than a sneeze away from ruining your painting), but I love it. It works the way my brain seems to assume paint should work.