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, February 11, 2016


Apparently I did not take a photo of the drawing itself, but here is the start of the painting.

I painted some cobalt blue across the fabric to give it dimension, then began painting in the fabric colors.

 Then I put some light shading on and around the vase and teapot.

Monday, February 8, 2016


In between painting walls and ceilings (!) I did manage to get some "fine art" painting squeezed in.

For years I have been collecting objects, fabric and decorative paper as inspiration for paintings.  Since I really like to do these simple still lifes, I decided to go "back to my roots" so to speak and try doing a few more of these.

Here is the set up for this painting.

Then I got a close up of the teapot and vase for more detail.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


I did manage to get some painting finished while working on the studio rooms.

A young woman contacted me about a house commission for her parents.  Seems each time they move, they have a small watercolor of their  home commissioned.

Even though she contacted me on the internet, she said my name was familiar.  After talking with her, we found out we know people in common!  Small world!

This is a very small painting, especially for me - the final framed area will measure only 6 in. x 10 in.  I painted it slightly larger so there will be some "wiggle room" for the framer.

With her directions on color - very hard to tell from the photograph I was given - I made some paint color choices and texted them to her for her mother's selection.

Then I began working on the sky, foreground, trees and shrubs.

 After a couple of emails and slight changes to some of the colors, here is the completed painting.

I hope her parents are happy with the result.

Monday, February 1, 2016


While still not finished in my daughter's room - got a LONG WAY to go still - I have made a start in my son's room.

As you can see - even after he moved out there was still HIS STUFF in there!  I'm pretty proud of myself that I un-wired an entire Pioneer sound system, keeping the right wires with each component.  It's now sitting in 2 boxes waiting for my daughter to decide if she wants it, or it's off to the Goodwill.

Another room taped - including the desk area which I did later!  As you can see, the dog got into the act too!

For you dog people, you know that you cannot disappear from a room for any length of time without him locating you!  And of course, he will manage to lay down exactly in the center of all of the activity - just where you don't want him to be!

Well - now it's time to paint this room and begin moving my arts and crafts and sewing supplies in here.

Again, a long process, but hopefully worth it in the end.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Here are some of the drawers with their containers filled.

My plan is to move things slowly and carefully - so thought goes into "what goes where" and items make sense together.  

None of this will be quick or easy, so I'm taking my time and doing a little at a time.  Eventually all of my art supplies will be in this room, including some work tables - in addition to the huge desk area.

Here is a drawer for drawing and ink supplies.

This is my watercolor drawer.

Here are all of my acrylic supplies on the shelves - the stuff on top is . . . .  "stuff"!
Hope I'm not already beginning to make a mess!  Not sure where these
will finally end up, but they are in the room and stored out of the way for now.

Monday, January 25, 2016


All this "stuff" has to go somewhere!!!  Gotta divide these drawers up into areas somehow.
I've been saving boxes for ages - and now they are finally coming in handy.  As you can see below, by folding the flaps down inside the boxes they make solid spaces for my art supplies.  So - joke is on all of you "doubters" who kept making fun of me for piling up boxes and boxes and . . . . . . .

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Next this room was painted white, and some shelves my son didn't want were also painted white in case I want to use them as floor storage or on the wall.

Then it was time to begin bringing in "stuff" from other parts of the house.   Lots of stuff . . . .
As I walked down the hall I noticed the box on the floor facing the door and started laughing . . . .
In case you couldn't see it above - here it is enlarged!!!
Well, I'm not really enjoying the process, but hopefully it's a good omen for how I will feel about the room when it is finished!

Monday, January 18, 2016


As you may have noticed, there has been no blogging by me lately.  Here's why . . .

I've been painting - just the wrong kind of painting!  As in walls and ceilings (yuk).  But I've finally decided the time has come to convert the kids' rooms into studio space.

My first priority was cleaning everything out of the rooms, my daughter's first.  You might note the shoe hanger to the right in the photos.  Yep - even after 8 years there were still shoes in it!!!   I've decided to hang onto it since it might come in handy as an art materials holder - I can hang it inside or outside of the closet, so for now it's "in reserve".

This is a walk in closet which had low shelves on both sides which I removed so I could store my chairs and tables, boxes and paintings.  

Storage for my folding tables on the back wall, folding chairs on right side, odds and ends that will
apparently  never leave my house . . . . and the shoe hanger on the right.

On the left is more storage on shelves and my paintings on the floor.  Yes, that's my
daughter's graduation gown - some things you just can't part with, I guess!
My son's room has a wall of closet doors and that closet proved to be a "walk through" - plenty of room to store my shipping boxes.  Not much else in there - YET!

Friday, January 1, 2016


Looking forward to a productive new year and hope the same for all of you!

I've spent the last month or so painting - but the wrong kind!  Walls and shelves, not Fine Art!  Still have a long way to go on that project.

I took a little time to review 2015 and thought I would share with you a recap of my artistic accomplishments (below).  It was a good year for me.

This year I'll continue to enter some shows and hope to get into a few.  My classes continue and there will be a few small workshops throughout the year.  (You can go to my Workshops Page above to see a list of those).
2015 Update

  • Georgia Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibit – Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Ohio Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibit – Central Time
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition – Fun With Marbles
  • Hoosier Salon Annual Juried – (two accepted); Luscious won Outstanding Watermedia Award
  • Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Show – Dragon Tea - was selected to highlight the exhibit
  • KWS 38th Annual National Juried Aqueous Show – Peekaboo Bear
  • The Artist’s Magazine 31st All Media Competition, July/August 2015 issue – “Japanese Tea”  won the Watercolor Division
  • The Artist’s Magazine Over 60 Competition – Finalist – “Ying Yang Mums”  listed in March 2015 issue
  • AcrylicWorks 2:  Radical Breakthroughs (book) – “Poured Yupo Peony”
  • Acrylic Artist Magazine, Summer edition – “Poured Yupo Peony” was also selected to be in this magazine
Y   W   R!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My daughter and I were on the way to visit a friend, and we had lunch in Osgood, Indiana on the way.

On the edge of the parking lot of the restaurant were these metal sculptures.  They look to have been created using scrap materials, and I got a kick out of them.  There must be a story behind them!

Can you see the 2 spiders?
Here's a guy on a horse - view one and . . . 

. . . view two, more from the side.  Makes me think of  Don Quixote!
There is also this guy - looks like a military man!