As a beginner most of us want to draw out the subject before we go anywhere near the paper with paint as we are not confident enough. I now tend to draw as little as I can get away with unless the subject is particularly difficult as I think that you get a freer painting when there are no boundaries to conform to.
This small vignette of crab apple blossom is an example of what I mean by a freer painting. The flowers and leaves were painted in watercolour straight onto the paper. If you look closely you can see where the colours have run into one another and also where I have gone in with stronger paint and used it to define the shapes of the petals.
Look out for the picture of the actual crab apples!