DEB WARD ART

Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

RETREAT TIME!

It's that time of year again - time for our annual art retreat!

Here is SOME of what I took - which does not include more bedding
my duffle  bag, two coolers and some food!
This year the retreat was only one hour away - hooray - but also meant I had to drive ALL THAT WAY by myself!  Haha!







Thursday, June 15, 2017

THURSDAY WIP

Here are the patio chairs again!  (Final time, I promise!)

I left this painting at this stage to show my classes how important value is.

We joked that only "Flat Stanley" could sit on the chair on the left - but the chair on the right now has depth - we could sit down on that chair!

So many struggle with value.  This picture shows a dramatic "before" and "after" on how to use value easily and effectively.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

More photos of the continuing process . . . .



I think it's finished - it's in the "live with it" stage now!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

At about this point in the development of the painting, I was asked to give a presentation to the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  I stopped here for a couple of weeks so that I could make this painting my demo.  (Click to go to the article)
At the GCWS meeting, I showed them how I did the colors on the dish towel, and how to paint the egg realistically.  I also added some color to the letters.

Then it's just a matter of moving on through the painting, inch by inch!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

After some deliberation, I decided to paint this one using fluid acrylics.

I put a thin line of miskit around the edges of the eggs.  I like Pebeo Drawing Gum, which is the gray line you see in the photo.  Then I put down a piece of blue painter's tape along the edge of the carton and began painting

I used a piece of sponge to get the stippling effect on the dish towel.
Now it's time for some real fun - C O L O R.  And, for me, the added fun of the preciseness of the letters!

It was also fun to mix colors to get as exact a representation of the actual colors on the carton as possible.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

One day at my local Kroger store, I spotted this carton of eggs in the cooler.  It screamed to be painted - so I had to buy it.

When I got home I placed the carton and some eggs on a dishtowel and took numerous photos and chose this one.

Once again, I ran the photo through my camera program for a line drawing which I traced onto my watercolor paper.
Then, once again, it took a lot more time to draw in more specifics before I was ready to paint.

After more drawing, from the photo, the painting is finally ready to begin.
BTW - the eggs are delicious!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

JUST THE CUTEST!

My friend's daughter and new baby came to visit her.  So  how could I not go to see the new baby! And of course, another gift would be in order!

As I've mentioned before, I am all about the crochet right now.  So I looked through patterns that come to me via email, and I found one for little sandals.

These were just too cute not to make!!  I did make a couple of slight modifications.  I made the tie straps longer for ease of tying a little bow.  Then, the pattern called for wrapping the toe area several times, but I just used a piece of yarn, wrapped it a couple times and tied a bow.

I've got so many skeins of yarn now, in various stages of use, so I want to use up as much as I can. Since the pattern called for a double sole - yikes, the child will not be walking for months, but these soles are rugged!!! - I used yellow on the bottom and pink on top.  That way I could easily use the multi-colored yarn for the rest of the shoe and it would all coordinate.  May as well teach her about coordinating outfits early on!

Here they are - and they almost fit her little tiny feet!  In another month or so they should be right on - just in time for the summer fashion season!


The pattern for these sandals can be found at www.whistleandivy.com.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

Shadows were added, more definition between bricks and darks inside chair backs.

The greens of the grasses and leaves started.  The chair shadows have also been darkened.
Some definition to the background foliage has begun.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

Next comes a series of layers.  It is very important to let the painting dry completely between washes.


Next I began to show the bricks with quick swipes of color.
Then more definition of the bricks and beginning to add the shadows and grass areas.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

THURSDAY W I P

After the drawing was finished I did pour red/yellow/blue onto the paper and let it run together.


Then I began painting around the chairs - negative painting - with an under coat the color of the bricks.