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 and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

THE VISITOR

NON - ART RELATED POST
PHOTO ALERT - IF VIEWING REPTILES GIVES YOU THE "WILLIES", 
SKIP THIS POST!!!

The dog began going nuts, barking and racing from window to window.  I suspected his Nemesis, the squirrel, was driving him to distraction.  

However, when I looked out the dining room door - it was not a squirrel I saw - - but this - - -

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YOU WERE WARNED . . . . .

Yep - a big old black snake!
He was all stretched out - I'm guessing a good 6 feet long.  

Just then my husband appeared on the deck and I motioned to him and told him there was a snake on the porch.  He agreed:  "Yes, that's a snake" he said!  (Can't fool that guy!)

As I watched, the snake turned and slithered behind some deck detritus between the dining room and kitchen doors.  


Not sure how long it stayed there, but the dog would bark, nose in and then jump backwards! Finally I let the dog in - QUICKLY! - and the snake has not been seen since.  Thank goodness!

Friday, May 22, 2015

GLASS REFLECTIONS - FINAL

Here is a photo of the students (one lady had to leave early) holding their paintings.  Some are more completed than others.

Several emailed me photos of their finished paintings - and all said they had a great time!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GLASS REFLECTIONS - 1

My Glass Reflections workshop was the weekend of April 25-26 and I'm just now getting around to posting about it!  Oh well, better late than never!

 I brought a couple of other similar paintings for reference, which you can see in the photo below.

Looks like everyone is working hard here . . . 

. . . but not here!!!
  Most everyone knew each other, so we had a really fun group.
 These photos were taken as we were breaking for lunch so people were scattered about.
It was a small group - which allows for even more individual instruction.

Friday, May 15, 2015

PEARS AND GLASS - 4

Working on the stripes - from light to dark.
The finished product.
This entire painting was done with the QoR colors.  It took more glazing to get as dark as I needed to, but I'm not sure if it was the paper or the paint.  Once completed, I'm fairly content with the painting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PEARS AND GLASS - 3

Deepening the shadows and more work on pears and berries.
Beginning the stripes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

PEARS AND GLASS - 2

More color added to the berries, pears and shadows.
  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PEARS AND GLASS

This painting is done with the QoR paints on Fabriano hot press paper.  I forgot to take a photo of just the drawing, but here is the next step.  I have dropped some color onto the areas of the pears and shadows.
Then I began adding color to the berries and more color to the pears.

Friday, May 1, 2015

DRIVING AROUND - 2


Here are two road sign posts – these were typical for the county!  My husband has had this rule for years – “don’t drive in Franklin County after dark” (he would actually get nervous!!!).  I have a rule “never drive in Franklin County without the county map”. 

However . . . in the past couple of years our rural county apparently got some stimulus money, because all of the old signs are being taken down and new ones put up – shiny green and white on a metal post – no character at all – it just ain’t the same.  Although my husband will no longer be getting lost!

The scenery is so “wild and wooly” – I really love it (but it is kinda scary!), so my husband and I have another rule about areas like this - “don’t have an accident here!”  We figure that if we have a wreck in one of these places they may never find our bodies!


And here is a sad but true story.  Several years ago a small plane took off from Aurora, IN, another local town located along the Ohio River.  A short time later a farmer in Franklin County heard a plane that didn’t sound quite right, then a crashing noise.  He proceeded to finish plowing his field, then went to the house, got some help on four-wheelers (you might call them quad-runners or ATVs) and went looking for the plane.  They also called in the police at that time and a real search took place but had to stop due to darkness.  It wasn’t until the next day, and then only after a helicopter was called in, that the plane was found in the trees.  (Sadly, the pilot died).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DRIVING AROUND

I've been chastised by a friend - "why haven't you put anything on your blog lately?".  

Well, sometimes this painting process is S L O W!!!
So - I’ve decided to put up some “Driving Around” posts to supplement my painting posts! 
In between my paintings, enjoy some photos of this beautiful area where I live – southeastern Indiana!

Here’s one of my favorite sites – I pass it almost every day.


You have all heard of “invisible fence” – here is an original version!  
This fence has been in this condition for several years!  (Note the lock on the gate!!!)

Monday, April 20, 2015

PRINTER UPDATE

I did purchase a new printer - for $84 - and got a 2 year service contract, so price came in at $102, not bad - $51 a year for 2 years . . . . .

This one is a different brand and it’s amazing how things can be so different to do simple functions.

After lots of cursing (what, me???) I think I’ve got the hang of it.  Hey – it’s hooked up, it prints, copies  
(s l o w l y  compared to my old one) and has an SD slot in front – so it’s not all bad.


Besides – in 2 years I can get a new one!!!!