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, October 20, 2016


Unfortunately, I didn't take any other photos while this painting was in progress - or, if I did, they are completely lost in the mess that is still my computer photo library!

So, you will have to make do with the finished product.  I had completed the top three roses, then left the painting to sit for many months.  Therefore, the bottom rose looks like someone else painted it!

When it was finally finished, I surprised my student with the final result, and think she likes it anyway!
Anniversary Roses

Thursday, October 13, 2016


One of my students brought in roses from her anniversary party last year.  They were so beautiful, I wanted to paint them, so I took multiple photos.
Finally, this year, I began a painting way back in the spring using the above photo.

Here is the very beginning of this painting:
My paintings usually look like a "smooshy mess" in the beginning, and this one is no exception!

Monday, October 10, 2016


I've been letting my hair grow long for several years and occasionally I'll have my daughter - a beautician - cut a couple inches off just to even it out.  At some point I decided that I'd grow it as long as possible - before it drove me crazy! - and then have her cut it and make a hair donation.

So, finally, the "big haircut day" came!  I had my daughter take a series of photos during the process. I still wanted it long enough to pull up into a pony tail or bun.
Pulled up in my usual "bun"

Combed out before the "big cut"

After the cut, and lightly styled - about 8 inches shorter

She told me to "fluff it up" and play to the camera!
Since this was one of our "Mother/Daughter Bonding Days" the day also included lunch and some shopping.

Just thought you might enjoy seeing the "Real Me"!!!  And my friends who have been pushing me to cut it all off should be at least somewhat happy with the results!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


My daughter's wedding bouquet
Here is the finished painting.  I'm happy with it.

But - more importantly - she is too!

I didn't tell her I was painting it, and when she came over after my trip I did a "show and tell" of my paintings.  When she saw this one she immediately recognized it and said "can I have it?"  LOL

She has always been my harshest critic, and when I can please her it makes me feel great!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


My daughter's wedding bouquet
Some of the roses are complete, some still need a bit more work,and more leaves, plus the vase and silver charger need to be worked on.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


My daughter's wedding bouquet
It's coming along and so far I'm happy with it!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


While on my recent art retreat, I brought along a photo of my daughter's wedding bouquet.  I've been meaning to paint this for the past few years and finally decided that now was the time.

Here is the beginning of the painting.  The roses were pale and I really wanted to keep them that way. There will not be a background on this painting.

Monday, September 12, 2016


September 2 was our 39th wedding anniversary and my 39th birthday!  (Imagine that coincidence!)

To celebrate we drove to Ainsley's restaurant on Brookville Lake.  We had not been there for several years, and they have done some updating which was a pleasant surprise.

Thursday evening was in the 70's with a nice breeze so we were able to eat outside - as far as I'm concerned, the only place to eat there - with a view of the marina and lake.  So Mike, myself and a million mosquitoes enjoyed a leisurely dinner!  (Actually the  mosquitoes weren't bad due to the breeze, but there were little swarms of them all around - I suppose their last "harrah" before summer's end.)

I find this place so relaxing. The boats, sounds and smells of the lake remind me of dining at a Florida restaurant, so I always feel like I'm on a little vacation when we eat here.

Before dinner began I sent my daughter a quick text telling her where we were.  There ensued some bantering texts between the two of us - and I sent her some photos of our delicious dinners just to egg her on, so to speak!  (Hey - when you add several years to my birthday wishes, anything is fair game!)

Below you will see some of the photos of our pleasant evening.

Looking at the marina across the lake - not nearly as nice as this one!
And so it begins - with onion straws shared by the two of us - you can see my husband's beer in the background.
My beverage of choice was iced tea with lemon!
His entree - grilled cod, sugar snap peas and rice pilaf with black beans and salsa
My choice was trout almandine, roasted potatoes and the sugar snap peas
One last look at the marina as the sun settled behind the hills of Southeastern Indiana
and we made our way home!

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Well, this is final, whether good or bad.  (The painting has not been flattened, so there is a bit of a curl if it looks a bit odd!)

I kind of lost my enthusiasm as it kept getting darker and darker.

I did try to lighten a bit on the upper left.

Oh well, it is what it is.  Definitely not a show stopper!

I'll probably try it again in the future.

Now, onward and upward (I hope)!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016


A friend critiqued the painting and let me know that there was a line that followed the crack in the upper white dome straight up through the bricks and off the page!  Until she said that I hadn't noticed; then it was all I could see (of course).   
I think I was able to fix it, at least make it less noticeable.  
Then I added more color to the window shutters and darkened shadows a bit more; added some more color to the top right bricks.

Then it dawned on me how dark this painting is getting.  Yikes.  Will have to decide if I want it to be lighter, as it actually was with the whitewashed brick, or if this darker is OK with me.

Stay tuned.