DEB WARD ART

WATERCOLOR and WATER MEDIA My passion is teaching adult “beginners” - weekly classes in my home, seasonal classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission, workshops. My work is shown throughout the US in state and national shows – see “Featured” on my sidebar for more information. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Thursday, April 24, 2014

DUNHAM CLASS PAINTINGS - PART 1

Just completed my spring session at Dunham.

Of course, I didn't think to bring my camera each week, but did remember, finally, at the end of the session.

I took photos of some of the student work.  As you can see, this assignment was "pears and lace".  Not all of the students are represented here, but you can certainly get a good idea of how well they all did.

I've put my painting at the beginning as a reference for the others - photos and tracings are provided for them to use, so we are all painting the same subject.  The amazing thing is, not many of them paint except in class - and here are their results!  Be aware, some are not completed.

Prepare to be amazed!

I will be posting another painting from the class soon!
My demo painting for the class.












Monday, April 21, 2014

DEMO FOR COLERAIN ARTISTS

My good friend, Shirley, asked me if I could step in last minute and give a demo to her painting group, so of course I said yes.

Since one of my classes has been painting pears and lace, guess what my demo was for her group!?!?!

Please forgive the photos of me - these were some of the better ones!  (Memo to self:  do not let Shirley take photos of me!!!!)  In my defense - it was REALLY WINDY that night!

Seriously, it was a fun evening - great weather if a bit windy - and I do think the group enjoyed the presentation.  Hope you enjoy the photos!

Here's the group - Colerain Artists.
Oh yes, that's me - looking kinda "spinster teacher-ish" don't you think?
She got me from my good side!  If you squint real hard you might
think I look like my idol,  Raquel Welch!
(You gotta squint REAL HARD).
The lace is pretty much finished and I'll be working on the pear next.

The (almost) completed painting, pear and gold rim finished on dish.
I offered this demo piece and one lady excitedly took it - claims she
will be framing it, too!

Me holding up some poured paintings that I had brought along for "show and tell".

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WOMAN'S ART CLUB SHOW

Once again I was fortunate enough to have a painting accepted into the Woman's Art Club exhibit - the 121st Annual!

My painting also won the Winsor & Newton award.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be at the opening since it was the last day of the Carol Carter workshop at GCWS.
My painting on the wall.  I didn't think it made a good presentation,
but maybe I'm just being hard on myself.
However, a friend and I went out to Mariemont to view the show and have lunch - a great day - art, food and friendship!

Here are some photos from that day:
I loved this necklace.  I have tried beading, but it's
just not my cup of tea!
This beauty is a poured painting by my friend, Carolyn Hibbard.
(Sorry about the reflection, couldn't get a better shot)
Took a photo of this one for my hubby - the title is
"Now, That's A Lot of Bull"!!!
An overview of the show looking toward my painting at the front.
Photo toward the back corner.
Photo of other back corner, with my friend posing!

Monday, April 14, 2014

CAROL CARTER WORKSHOP

It's been a busy couple of weeks!  On the go for 12 days in a row - that must be some kind of record for me.  Now, finally, I think I'm back to "normal" (whatever that is) and have spent most of today catching up on emails and updating blogs.

April 4, 5 and 6 I attended the Carol Carter workshop which the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society sponsored.

If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Carol - DO IT!  She is a wonderful teacher.

Rather than "reinvent the wheel" check out these links to posts about this workshop by some of the attendees.
Rhonda Carpenter - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Souvenirs
Gaylynn Robinson
Laura Starrett
GCWS

Carol Carter by Carol Carter!

Monday, April 7, 2014

PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY - ONLINE SHOW

I entered my painting "Flights of Fancy" into the PWS online show.

I took a look at the winners.  When Denny Bond is getting only a small award for his amazing paintings - I knew I hadn't had a chance for an award in this one!

Click here to view the show winners.

My painting appears at the top of page 3 here.

Or, you can always go to their website  and view the show in it's entirety!

And marvel at the award winners' abilities!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WOMAN'S ART CLUB 121ST ANNUAL EXHIBIT

One of my paintings was accepted into the Woman's Art Club show again this year.

This show is always excellent - made up of only women artists from the Cincinnati area!

Hope you get a chance to attend either the reception or another day while the show hangs - at "The Barn" - the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center - in Mariemont.  (See sidebar for more info).

The Anniversary Clock
Watercolor (30x22)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HANSEN CENTER SPRING DEMO

Here is my painting for the spring demo/program for the Hansen Center. (on 1/8 sheet of Arches)
I thought a bright geranium might be appropriate after our miserable weather!

The students were hard at work!

Of course, they always think they will not be able to create the painting I bring . . . BUT . . . 
these are the final paintings - and it looks to me like they all turned out very well!

Everyone had an enjoyable evening - and the weather cooperated!   Cold but clear, thank goodness!

Friday, March 21, 2014

COLANDER AND TOMATOES - STUDENT PAINTINGS

Here are some of the student paintings:

The two above are completed.

Neither of the above are completely finished yet.    
         
This one will probably have a little more work done.                                
This one looks completed to me! 


The lemons turned out beautifully.
This was our first colander and tomato painting, now completed by a student and matted (the shine is from the clear plastic over the painting and mat).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COLANDER AND TOMATOES

Here we go again with a colander and tomatoes – different colander, though.  Once I realized I’d thrown mine away but wanted it back (duh, what was I thinking?) I purchased another one – and then found yet another one in white.

This painting basically was used to reinforce the lessons learned in the previous painting of silver and tomatoes.  I did a few different set ups and let the students pick the ones they wanted to paint – some easier, some more difficult.  One of my students had brought in some beautiful blue fabric and gave it to me, so I used that as the backdrop.  Two students chose to do two paintings.  Of course, I didn’t get photos of them all (so what else is new!)

I THINK this is mine in progress – but my students are getting so good, it’s hard to tell!



  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MARBLES - FINISHED!

After all of the marbles and pouches were painted, I put a blush of lunar blue (DS) on the background . . .

. . . and then began painting the words and the marble at the top.

I removed the misket from the marbles - which turned out to be a nightmare!  I had used some older miskit and had left it on a bit too long.  Some came off fine, other spots had to be removed with an Xacto knife!
Let that be a lesson to you!!!

A few more tweaks of the shadows and adding some screws at the end of the box . . .


The completed painting.
Fun With Marbles, watercolor, Arches 140# CP, 22x30