I wanted to do a landscape watercolor painting but was too lazy to go out. I discovered a site that recommended using Google Street View as a source of subjects for compositions. So after playing around with GSV I discovered Villa Palma in Italy and decided to do a watercolor sketch on hot press watercolor paper. I have always used cold press paper and found the switch to hot press a little unsettling at first. The paint drys fast on hot press making it more difficult to do wet-in-wet. You have to carefully think through your strokes as you work the composition. The color does seem a bit more saturated on hot press paper. Below is the watercolor sketch followed by the reference photo.