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”
Friday, January 30, 2015
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
Twinrocker is a hand made paper and is slightly smaller than regular paper.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
My friend Chris Beck emailed me to say she had seen a Northlight promotional email with my work featured.
When you enter most competitions your entry is an agreement for your work to be used in promotional materials. (If you are like me, you sign the waiver so you can enter the competition, but never expect your work to actually be considered good enough to be used!)
Nevertheless - after receiving her email, I looked on my phone and, sure enough, there was my painting featured in the promo for the new AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs book.
I immediately showed it to my husband, I was so excited! In case you are interested - here it is! (Scroll down to 3 - Still Lifes)
|NEW in the North Light Shop: AcrylicWorks 2|
|Take a look at several included works and hear from the artists:|
|Another Crossroads | Acrylic on panel | 30" × 80" diptych|
"The process begins with a long hike, bottle of water, sketch pad and camera. All of my landscape work is derived from my experience in nature. I take many pictures, inspired notes and sketches. I combine these experiences in the studio and compose my work. Painting an idea can take on a life of its own, and I have found it is best to follow that muse rather than fight it." --Darien Bogart
|DISCONNECT | Acrylic and Inktense pencils on canvas | 36" × 30"|
"Viewing old photos opened the floodgates of memory for me. I started painting these figurative pieces, telling the stories of my difficult childhood. It was as though the paint could not hit the canvas fast enough. They became my healing journey, an absolution between me and my mother. The painting starts with a rough sketch of a pose and stylish clothing from one of the old photos. Symbolic items are added as the story grows." --Marla Thirsk
|Poured Yupo Peony | Fluid acrylics with tape on Yupo | 13" × 19"|
"Having been asked to do a demo pouring paint onto Yupo, I chose fluid acrylics rather than watercolors. I drew a peony, one of my favorite flowers, easy to draw and paint. To save white areas I used masking tape, then poured the first layer of paint. Additional pouring layers were created using blue painter's tape, which released easily, not pulling paint from the painting, and allowed paint to bleed underneath." --Deb Ward
3 - Still Life
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Step 6 - Now working on the light brown bear.
Step 7 - Here I've added the little brown bear and worked more on the other two bears.
Friday, January 9, 2015
- 121st Woman’s Art Club Juried Exhibit – The Anniversary Clock won the Winsor & Newton Award
- Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibit - Swirls
- Hoosier Salon – Japanese Tea won the Outstanding Watercolor Award and sold that evening!
- 46th Annual ViewPoint National Juried Exhibit – Swirls and Daisies on Daisies
- The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition: Still Life/Interior (Finalist) – “Oriental Roses” (Acrylic), “Yin Yang Mums” (Watercolor)
- Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition (received Signature) – Flights of Fancy
- Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Show (received Signature) – Industrial Revolution
- Two of my paintings have been published in the book Artistic Touch 6 – Red Paisley Scarf and Flights of Fancy
Monday, January 5, 2015
Step 4 - Adding more color to the background and rug. Then I began painting the "peekaboo" bear!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Step 2 - wet the paper and add paint, allowing it to spread and flow.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Some of these photos are printed 4 or 6 to a page in thumbnail version so that I can keep checking on them and deciding if any are worthy of painting; some I've decided will probably become a painting at some time and so I've printed them 8.5x11.
Of course, when I decide to look through the folder, I usually cannot locate the folder. (I would put up a photo of my desk but then either I would die of embarrassment or you all would die of shock, so I'm not going to do that!)
Once I do locate the folder and page through, I'm usually very under-whelmed by what I've previously selected to paint, so I go back to the computer to repeat this process.
(Are you beginning to get the "big picture" here?)
It doesn't help when you have a painting failure thrown into this mix. As you know, a painting failure reflects a monstrous shadow on your soul and you just know you are never going to paint well again. Ever. So in order to make sure this occurs you just don't paint. At all. For a while.
Then, finally, the encouragement of friends and fellow artists gets the best of you and, once again, you decide that, well, maybe you can paint something.
This usually creates a need to go to your art books and magazines and pull a few off the shelf to thumb through.
Sitting with a cup of coffee and looking at pretty pictures will usually make me feel better. Then I'll see a painting similar to one I've done (a successful one, that is) and then I begin to think "well, Deb, maybe you can paint . . . ."
With any luck I'll be sufficiently encouraged to . . . check out the folder, go through the computer . . . and start this whole procedure over again.
Such is the life of an "Artiste"!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|Can you see the white one with his big orange beak! (Top row on the right). He's blinding in the sunlight!|