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”

Monday, March 2, 2015


My painting “Poured Yupo Peony” is included in the book AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs.  They even used it in an email promo, which I thought was really cool and unexpected.  My California friend, Chris Beck, sent me an email saying she had seen it online, so I double checked my emails on my computer (not my phone where those little tiny photos require magnifying glasses!).

The painting was created by pouring and dripping fluid acrylics on Yupo using taping to separate the layers. I used blue painter's tape so it wouldn't stick to the acrylics when I pulled it off, and so that some of the colors would run underneath to create the fluted edges of some of the petals.  Definitely not my usual support, nor technique, but that's what this painting was all about - getting out of the norm and trying something new.

In addition, another of my paintings is a Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Over 60 Competition, with my name listed in the March magazine, but no photo.  It's one you have seen here on the blog multiple times.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Continuing to sharpen features.

Monday, February 23, 2015


I began sharpening the girders and the clock features.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Now I used clear tape over the shapes between the girders, then applied more color in a “bullseye” around the clock.

Friday, February 13, 2015


I wet the paper and placed a wash of blues around the clock, blotting the face when the paint ran in.

Monday, February 9, 2015


 I enlarged the photo and then used a rolling ruler and two straight edges to sharpen up all of those lines!
Finally I had the drawing ready.  It sat on my easel for at least a day so I could study it as I walked by, to make sure it made sense.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


A few years ago I took a trip to Chicago with a friend.  We spent the weekend with her wild and crazy cousin and had a blast!

I was like a country mouse in the city. 

We took the El train into downtown – a totally new experience for me.  I was confused by the train – not realizing I could simply open the door between cars even though it said “Do not Open While Train is in Motion” – or something like that.  So, when the other two went through the door and it closed on me I was in shock and yelled for my friend.  Of course, that alerted passengers in that car that something was going on and pretty much anyone within earshot – about half the car – looked up at me.  The other two found this incredibly funny and they doubled over in laughter.  I was embarrassed at that point, but later in the day I just laughed at that, along with all of the other stupid things we did.

We acted like little kids all day.

We rode in a taxi – again, not something I’m used to.  All 3 of us crammed into the backseat, sitting on each others laps and hugging to make room!

We took funny photos of ourselves under and around “The Bean” at Millennium Park.

We made goofy poses in front of the lions at the Art Museum.

I recall some skipping and possibly singing, too!

Remember those folks who were alerted on the train when the door closed on me?  Well, when we got to the train station I looked up and saw this cool clock, and all the girders, and thought “now that would make a painting some day.”  So there I stood, photographing what, to a NORMAL person, would be the rafters. 

Two women from the train walked past me, and as they did so, one said to the other "Look, there's that odd woman from the train.  Look, she's taking pictures of the roof."  

And that’s how this painting began!

Friday, January 30, 2015


This last painting was created on Twinrocker Paper.

There is a story about this particular paper.  W a a a a a y back in the 1990's I visited the Twinrocker Paper Company with some other students from the watercolor classes I was taking.  The facility is located in Brookston, IN, just north of West Lafayette (home of Purdue University).

We all drove up together and had a tour of the facility which, as you can see from their website, you can still do today.  As I recall, it didn't cost us much, and we had lunch at a small diner just down the street.  I recall the most delicious soup and sandwich - maybe I was just famished, or it was truly delish!  Have no idea what the name of the place was, nor if it still exists.

Our tour was very informative as well as warm and moist!  It ended in a room filled with newly made paper!  All shapes, including circles and ovals, and all sizes.  I purchased about 5 pieces of full size paper and a couple of smaller ones.  When I got home I put them away since they were hand made and precious.  I decided to wait until I was a better painter before I used any of them.  They have resided inside the bag they came in until this year!

When I was looking for paper for this particular painting I finally decided that I was ready for the Twinrocker!  About time!!!

The paper is not competely flat as other w/c paper, and has more movement - little hills and valleys.  I'll be curious to see how, or if, it will flatten before I frame it.  It is also  about an inch smaller both width and height.

It handled very well as far as taking the paint - of course, this was acrylic versus watercolor, so I'll be curious and excited to try another "precious" sheet for a watercolor painting.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Here is the completed (I think!) painting of "Peekaboo Bear".

"Peekaboo Bear", Chroma Flow Acrylic on Twinrocker paper, full sheet.

Twinrocker is a hand made paper and is slightly smaller than regular paper.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PEEKABOO BEAR - 4 (Chroma Flow Acrylics)

Step 8 - Here I have added a bit more to the yellow bear.

 Step 9 - Some shadowing begun on the blue bear.
 Step 10 - Blue bear darkened, eyes and nose added to yellow bear.