Recently I watch a video by renowned Australian watercolorist Herman Pekel, and I was a bit shocked to see him start his painting right at his center of interest, the most important area in the painting. I don't do that with landscapes, but I often will with portraits. As watercolorists we tend to paint the lightest things first and work toward the darker colors. In oils, most artists paint the darks in first. Often times people paint the furthest thing in the distance and then work their way forward. So which way is the best way?