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, August 25, 2016


The area above the window has been worked on, but I think it's too dark.  Will have to work on that.

Added more color to the rusty area around the window curve and on the shutters.  Darkened some shadows.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


I worked on deepening the shutter shadows and the designs around the side of the window as well as the bricks.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Next a light wash of turquoise on the shutters, a bit more rusty in the arch and added more color to the greenery.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Next I added the shadows and wood where paint had peeled off.

Then I added more of the rusty looking areas in the arch and under the pediments on the sides of the windows.  (Is that the right word for the fancy concrete on the sides?  If anyone knows, let me know!)

Monday, August 1, 2016

2016 ART RETREAT - Final

There was a trip to Cheap Joe's in Boone, and a tour by his niece, Meghan . . .
In Joe Miller's office.

The call center.

Strolling down the aisles in the warehouse.

Part of the shipping department.
 . . . followed by lunch in a beautiful little mountain town!

A WONDERFUL time was had by all - we can't wait until next year to do it again!

To the Ladies of the CIAG/esp YEAR 15 AND COUNTING!!!  Thank you for another wonderful week - the best friends anyone could have.  I love you all.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


This painting comes from a photo taken several years ago in Lawrenceburg, IN.  One evening my husband and I were coming home and the evening sun was shining just right on an old house that I had never really noticed before.  We stopped and I took several photos of the front of this old brick house which had been painted over in white and which was obviously showing wear.

Every now and then I would think about painting this, but never got around to it.  Just recently I realized that someone has purchased the place and spiffed it up.  In other words, all of the charm of the old, worn out paint is gone!  Good thing I took the photo when I did!

I have high hopes for this one, even hoping that my greenery will turn out well - we shall see!

If anyone knows the names of the fancy concrete work on the sides of the windows, please let me know!

Monday, July 25, 2016


This year our Annual Art Retreat took place in the mountains of North Carolina in a beautiful rented home.  Low temps, NO humidity and a constant breeze - we all decided we need to live here forever!
Very spacious for the six of us (4 beds, 3-1/2 baths with a wrap around deck.  One of the best parts was that the kitchen was just off the living room and open concept, so when it was our day to cook, even though we were in the kitchen, we still were also in the conversation!

There were great views of the mountains:

There were bubbles - So now you know what 60-ish women do on an art retreat!!!

There were cows:

And even a goat!

There was a 5-course meal prepared by a professional chef!  The daughter of one of the women is a chef in Charlotte.  She stopped by on her way to Indiana on vacation and surprised her mom by cooking dinner!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Well, looks like I forgot to take a bunch of photos - unless they are currently lost in the "new computer"!

Obviously, much work was done on the flowers, the cup and saucer and the tea.

Tea Time

Thursday, July 7, 2016


A little more work on the basket and gradually building up the flowers.

Monday, July 4, 2016


I received an email that my painting "Silver Harvest" has won an award in the current PWS show!

The show juror was Paul Jackson; awards juror is James McFarlane, President Emeritus, American Watercolor Society - so I feel pretty honored to have won an award!

More info about the show appears on the sidebar of my blog, if you live in the area and want to attend the opening or see the show while it hangs.