DEB WARD ART
Artist and workshop instructor painting in watercolor, fluid acrylics and casein. Join me for a fun filled and affordable Art in the Country Workshop showcasing various techniques and styles in both watercolor and fluid acrylic – presented in a light, airy venue with a spectacular view - just 30 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. These reasonably priced, small group workshops stimulate creativity and allow me to cater to each individual’s needs.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I peeled off the Scotch tape and put down more along the line for the windowsill. I laid in a mixture of yellow and brown for the windowsill, waited a few minutes for that to become almost dry, and then began working on the clear bottles in the middle. I’m hoping this will work out OK – as always at this stage of a painting!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
I then laid in the miskit – and found out that one of my bottles of miskit had gone bad - it was the Winsor & Newton white miskit. Any time I use any of the white miskits, no matter the brand, it seems they don’t last very long before they go “beige” and clumpy. Have no idea why that would be (if anyone has the answer, please let me know).
For some of the areas in the window I used some drafting tapes that come in a roll in various widths. I’ve had these forever, but never used them. This proves that it’s always good to buy things you don’t really need, but think you might some day use, to stick in your paint supplies so they will be there whenever you need them!
I used regular old Scotch tape – yep, the transparent kind we all have in our desks – on the lines for the left side where the blue is.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Next I put some of the DPM color out - first full strength and then diluted. Their “Bright Red” is Orange to me! And I love the depth of the Violet.
Anyway, now I can see the actual colors I’ll be getting, and it looks to me like they will match the actual bottle colors very closely.
|Dr. Ph. Martin's Indiana inks on the left and my reference photo on the right.|
It wasn’t until I really looked at the bottles of ink that I discovered that they are not acrylic inks but India inks! That explained why they weren’t quite as vibrant – oh well – guess that shows you have to really be aware when you are ordering something – as in – be “in the moment” and read the information – DUH!
They come in small (1 oz.) bottles with screw off tops, something I’m not used to, and they seem quite awkward for me to use. I’m hoping by the end of this process I’ll become more comfortable with them. So far I’ve had to decide if I need to pour some out (seems quite wasteful) or use a pipette to put some color onto a palette (paper plate in this case) which is what I chose to do.
|A sampling of color combinations.|
I also added some of the white to the Red and to the Magenta and did get two lovely, although quite opaque, pinks.
Friday, April 26, 2013
“Big deal” you are probably thinking.
Well, considering that my “side yard” is surrounded by 135 acres of woods and fields, this IS kind of a big deal! We don’t get many people wandering through the “side yard”.
Since it was a woman, I didn’t feel too threatened (had it been a man, I probably would have locked the door and gotten my husband). Anyway, I stepped onto the deck and asked if I could help her. Well, of course she needed help – she was lost.
She had been visiting at her parents house and went into the woods to look for mushrooms (this is a big deal in our area in the spring) and had apparently followed the “wrong” creek. She said she was supposed to follow the creek to a certain point with a fence, but since she was obviously on the wrong creek, she never found that point. She had been wandering for over 3 hours and had apparently been trekking around our property for a while and finally made it to the house.
I invited her in and after drinking a tall glass of ice water, and calming down – she was obviously nervous and probably scared – I asked where her parents live and I was surprised how far she had wandered!
Long story short, I drove her back to her parents’ home and we chatted. She had an adventure, and I had one too since I got to drive down a road I’ve never been on in all the years we have lived here (since 1979!) - I actually had always thought it was a driveway!
She was very nice and even offered to pay me for driving her back (what??? No way!!!) but I told her, the next time she takes a walk in the woods, to bring along a bottle of water (it was around 80 deg. that day) and her cell phone and perhaps some ID – just in case.
I’m sure she will regale her family with her tale over the dinner table tonight!
This is also a tale of caution – we hear on the news quite often that someone becomes lost while on a hike or camping trip. She was lucky she found us and got a safe ride home.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|The picture traced onto the watercolor paper.|
The photo was taken a couple of years ago at Shaker Village in Kentucky in the gift shop. The glow of light from the window through the bottles is what prompted me to take the photo. Since then it has periodically popped into my head and I’ll try to decide what medium I want to use, and how to apply that medium.
Recently I had placed an order from an online source and, turns out that if I was willing to spend just a little bit more, I’d receive free shipping! Well, OF COURSE I would find some way to spend that little bit more, rather than waste it on shipping! I saw that the Dr. Ph. Martin’s acrylic inks (hereinafter referred to as DPM!!!) were on sale, and having seen them used during a program at Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. I decided that was the extra item that would put me over the free shipping amount. Besides, it was something that I’ve thought of buying before, just never had.
And then - it dawned on me that I could paint the glass bottles with the DPM acrylic inks! Duh!
Using my “usual process” (as my one friend calls it) I found the photo and cropped it. I still wasn’t satisfied. My camera software is quite limited, but it has something called “cartoon” so I tried that and I really liked the effect. Now I was onto something!
After printing out the photo I placed it under my tracing paper and moved the bottles around a bit until I was more satisfied with the composition. Then, I traceed onto my watercolor paper. I decided to use hot press again, Fabriano Artistico #140. Since the subject has a lot of motion to it, I figured any blossoms would blend right in.
Monday, April 22, 2013
I received a surprise call from two good friends who were at the Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain, NC to see the National Watercolor Society traveling show!
They were reporting in – “live” - to tell me what a great venue it was (an old renovated train depot) and how beautiful all of the paintings looked! I was told that my painting was hanging next to Cindy Brabec-King and facing Nick Simmons! Also hanging on the walls were paintings by Kathleen Conover, Dean Mitchell, Carol Frye and Cheng Khee Chee, to name a few.
I was excited to know that my painting is traveling around the country and hanging next to some of the “big names” in the watercolor world. This may never happen again, so I’m gonna enjoy it while it lasts!
Then I received word that my painting “Japanese Tea” will be in the Rising Sun, IN spring juried show. Wish me luck!
As a side note - the painting that won an award in the WACC show was also entered in the Rising Sun show - and didn't even make it in! See - what did I tell you - this just goes to prove how subjective judging a show is!