I never liked adhering to rules about making what some people call pure or true watercolor. That is the surfaces that you are required to work on and using only transparent watercolor without adding opaque white paint (body color) or any other opaque colors (gouache) to make corrections. They have these rules even though great watercolorists who they name as examples used opaque paints and body color in their work- Turner, Sargent, Homer.
Now, having said that, I definitely fell in to the trap of striving to make
"Pure Watercolors". Feeling that if I didn't measure up to these rules anything I do will just fall short, or I could be satisfied with a painting only to have it torn apart under criticism. Not because it wasn't a good painting but because it wasn't a good watercolor.
These last three paintings I did were done in watercolor without making corrections with opaque colors. Not a bad experience but not what I want to be rated on. On the one hand I would like to master the medium and on the other hand the painting is not just about the medium.