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, January 18, 2018


Gotta start somewhere, so how about beginning with grapes . . . 
Layering (glazing)  up gradually.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the New Year! - WIP - Fruit on steamer basket

Finally getting back onto the blog.  Have not painted as much in 2017 - but will try to do better in 2018!

Here is a the beginning painting of fruit on my steamer basket; lots of patterning which I love.
Traced out and ready to start.

First thing, as usual, wet the paper and splash in some red, yellow and blue.  I’m using 300# Arches.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


After removing the miskit and scrubbing in a few spots, I think the painting is finished.

Fiesta, 22x30, Watercolor, Arches 300# CP

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Remember that teal blue bowl in the center of the page from the prior post?  Note that it is now cobalt blue.  Since I wasn't sure, when starting, what color that bowl should be, I began with a light glaze of the cobalt teal, ensuring that I could easily change colors if necessary.  

This was an easy fix - some are harder - but you CAN make changes in watercolor, contrary to what you have probably been told!

There are several glazes of color on the dinnerware.  I deepened some of the shadows on the dinnerware and then it was time for the shadows on the background.

The shadows were added, making sure that I used just a touch of the color of each saucer and cup in the shadow.  Then I "lived with it" for a while before deciding if it was finished.

There are still some small bits of miskit on the painting at this point - something which I had forgotten about.  Having been on for so long, some of the miskit was difficult to pull off - to be honest, some may still be on there!  In a few spots I used an Xacto knife to cut off the miskit.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


My next project was started during my annual art retreat back in June.  The subject is fiestaware (at least I think that's what it is) and the photo was taken during a visit to the local antique mall/outdoor show that occurs from May - October at the local antique fair.  The simple arrangement and colors are what attracted me - so I decided early on that there will be no background.

The dinnerware was drawn onto a full sheet of Arches 300# w/c paper and then I began glazing the colors.  

The first photo was taken after the painting was underway - apparently, once again, I forgot to take photos as I went along!  Well, this time who can blame me - it was, after all, our annual art retreat so there was talking, laughter, show and tell, gift giving, eating and - oh yes - a little painting, too!  In other words, I was too busy to "work"!

I began glazing the colors and you will note that the small bowl in the center, below the tan bowl, is cobalt teal.  Remember this . . . .

 I couldn't decide what color to make that front cup and saucer, but finally opted for cobalt blue and french ultramarine.

Monday, July 3, 2017


I made some scarves (with a slightly modified pattern).  Again, I chose a color that reminded me of each of them and my friends all agreed that the scarf they received was truly "their color".

Last, but certainly not least, came the gift I was most excited about.

My son does wonderful woodworking so I asked him to make these beautiful trays for me to give as gifts.  The bonus was that he made one for me - free of charge!

Once again, the time passed too quickly, but we chose our dates for next year and will all look forward to our time together then.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Here are a couple more treats for my friends.

I found the cute pattern for cup shaped coasters, and then had to make "saucers" also.  I assigned a color to each friend!  Now they have 8 coasters!

Then I couldn't find boxes to fit the coasters, so I made some myself from watercolor paper!  You can see one box with the coasters nestled inside (below).  Originally I tried to make origami boxes, but got my measurements off, so that was a complete disaster.

I then cut simple boxes and taped them together.  Well, you can't have plain white boxes, now, can you??  So then I decoupaged initials and something that made me think of each of them.  Maybe they will use those boxes to store the coasters and think of me this year!

Then, to keep with my original origami idea, I make some little origami cranes.

If you are able to make them without watching the YouTube video - you are a total genius in my book!

Monday, June 26, 2017


Of course presents were exchanged.

Since I have been heavily into crochet, most of mine were crocheted objects, but not all.

Here are baskets I made - different sizes and shapes - one for each of my friends.  Some began using the baskets right away - filling them with pastel pencils or pens - or their drink glass!  I told my friends to use them until they "dissolve"!  I'm still new at this and not sure I always finish off the way I'm supposed to.

Another gift was a neat journal I found last year just after that retreat.  I'm just proud of myself that I was able to keep track of them and not lose them over the course of the year!  The one below is one I kept for myself; the others all had different designs.  These are nice because they have a zipper where you can store your pens.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


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


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.