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”
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The lucky winner is . . . . . CHRIS BECK!
So, Chris, please contact me with your home address so I can send it to you.
Oh, I didn't mention what it is, did I? Well - it will be a surprise until Chris receives it!
I really appreciate everyone who takes time to stop by and comment.
Thanks to you all!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Through the wonders of the internet I contacted someone from my past who in turn contacted me - we chatted last weekend as though we had just seen each other the day before, rather than almost 20 years ago! Here's hoping we can keep in touch for many years to come.
Then I received a Christmas card from another old friend and I intend to get in touch with her just after the New Year.
If there is someone you have lost touch with and "wonder whatever happened to . . . " try to find them and reconnect - give yourself your own special Christmas present!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
As I said, it begins with a blur in the center of my vision. This turns into something like a cross between a prism and a kaleidoscope - jagged edges. This image gradually widens and spirals outward – so after a few minutes I can read – but with this image blurred and gradually moving away at the outer edges of my sight. (Think of looking at a TV screen or a book page with a kaleidoscope superimposed over it, moving outward).
I now know that the whole process takes about a half hour to dissipate. Since I will see this image whether my eyes are open or closed, depending on how busy I am, I either: sit quietly with my eyes closed and let the process go – just watching the pretty images spread slowly and enjoy the show; or wait a few minutes until it has moved far enough that I can read, etc.
I usually don’t have any problems afterward although on occasion I get a slight, dull headache for a little while.
And now I have “floaters” in my left eye. Very annoying.
Just thought I’d share.
(Between the vertigo, floaters and migraines, guess there’s a doctor visit in my future).
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Some more random pours to either add darks or to emphasize some of the colors.
Then all of the miskit was removed.
I should add that this painting is on Fabriano Artistico 140 and was not taped down - I let it drape and fall to make the colors move.
Then the painting sat a few days since I was way too busy to get back to it.
However, I left it on the piano and glanced at it as I went by, so it was in my mind in a peripheral way – seeing it and making assessments, but not really cognizant of doing that. (I sometimes think that’s how I go through life now – just randomly seeing and doing things but not totally cognizant! I’m blaming my age on the fact that I have the attention span of a gnat!)
Friday, December 11, 2009
They have a list of prices and a box for money sitting on the porch – it’s on the honor system – and I’m sure they wouldn’t do it if people didn’t pay. I just love these unexpected surprises of country life that still crop up now and then!
I don’t go by this place very often any more, but fortunately I had my camera with me that day (I do try to remember to take it with me whenever I take a drive). The day I stopped it was overcast, but that didn’t stop me from taking a lot of photos. It was mid-fall and leaves were down but there were still plenty on the trees, so I also managed to get some beautiful fall foliage photos.
Anyway – these gourds were in a wooden crate and maple leaves had fallen randomly throughout. In this painting I’m attempting to capture the beauty of this quintessential fall scene.
I began by pouring miskit and let that dry. I then poured Daniel Smith quin. gold and quin. burnt orange and (I think) some vermillion hue, and let that dry.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I think I like this one better than the first; I think it shows a bit more maturity in the style, and the colors aren’t so “in your face”.
The technique was exactly the same as before:
Miskit was poured
Paint was poured, yellows first, in two or three pours
The miskit was removed and more paint poured
Then the drawing was transferred to the paper and adjustments were made for the leaves and stem
I then separated the petals with a bit of Daniel Smith vermillion hue and some yellow (forget what I used!)
I then laid in some darks in the center and began to firm up the leaves and stem
Negative painting around the leaves, stem and some petals finished the painting
At least, I think it’s finished – all suggestions and critiques are welcome!
Sunflower, Fabriano Artistico 140
Monday, December 7, 2009
The rules are the same as before:
1 - You must leave a comment on my blog – don’t worry – I have the comment moderation active so if you don’t want the world to see it, just me, that’s fine; just mention that in the comment and I won’t post it.
2 - Each comment you leave will equal 1 chance to win – (so vote early and vote often – ha, ha). I will pick a winner on (wait for it - December 25 - big surprise!) by putting slips with your name in a “hat” and drawing the winner (i.e. if you leave 5 comments on my blog between now and then, there will be 5 slips with your name that could be potential winners!)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
However, I'm now about a Type Z! I really try not to let stuff bother me and have become quite the procrastinator - a total 180 degree switch from my early years! Now I periodically get vertigo - had that over the weekend, but it didn't las too long, thank God - or occular migraines.
This getting old stuff is for the birds!
As far as the migraines - my best (or worst) migraine story happened just before my wedding. This one was so bad I insisted that my fiance (now husband) get out his gun and shoot me; instead he took me to the emergency room (and now I know that sometimes he regrets that decision!)
Anyway - there I was just wanting someone to put me out of my misery, but instead I had the nurse from Hell assigned to me. No matter how many times I told her how bad I felt and that I needed something for the pain and nausea, she ignored me - until I finally puked all over her, from the top of her shirt to the bottom of her nurse-y shoes. THEN she FINALLY gave me a shot of something (for all I know at that point she was trying to euthanize me!) but I didn't care since then I was no longer in pain.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
For those of you “young-uns” now scratching your heads about that term, let me explain. A “woody” was a station wagon with wood (REAL wood!) on the sides. (You may be familiar with some of the new PT Cruisers that have the fake wood trim on their sides, which is a nod to the old “woodies”).
If you happened to be traveling and saw one of these cars, it was mandatory that you punch your traveling companion in the arm and scream “Woody” at the same time. Have no idea who thought up that one, but it must have been a boy!
Anyway, I saw this one on another trip to North Carolina and just had to take a photo.
And this painting will conclude my car series of paintings - hope you enjoyed them!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
One day I opened an art magazine and was dumbfounded – for a moment I thought it was my painting! When I showed it to my husband, he thought the same thing!
The artist who is in the magazine lives in Pennsylvania and paints in oil, but it really looks like the same truck – even the angle of the photo is the same!
(My photo and painting are on the left side above)
“My Age, But in Better Shape”
Monday, November 23, 2009
This old truck had probably been brown in its early days, but had faded out to a rosy pink. I think it made for a great painting, thanks to my husband!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This was the car that caught my attention before the farmer drove out his yellow classic! (See my previous post “Bill’s Beauty” on November 4).
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Then we have the crated works which were shipped - the farthest from Petersburg, Alaska, although one may have travelled more miles. That painting was mistakenly shipped to IDAHO before it made it's way to Cincinnati!
The opening on Friday night was well attended, and several of my friends won awards!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sadly, I was not as organized then as I am now (???) - thanks to digital camera and computer - makes it a lot harder for me to actually loose things - and I would be hard-pressed to locate my old photos. But, if I do find them some day, I think I may repaint some of these old cars and see if I can do a better job now.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
One day, I was driving down the local highway past an old (1800’s) and beautiful home that I always admire. On that particular day the sun was shining and it glinted off the windshield of an old car for sale, so I pulled into the drive and looked around. Seeing no one, I started to take some photos of the car. Just then a man came out from behind the barn and I introduced myself and told him why I was trespassing (!) and taking photos. He wasn’t upset at all, and asked me if I’d like to see another car.
Well, he took me around to a building behind the barn where it was clear he liked to restore old cars! He proceeded to pull a tarp off of a lump and there was a beautifully restored old Chrysler. He asked if I’d be interested in some photos of it, and when I said “yes” he proceeded to fire it up (what a “purr” that engine had!) and drive it out onto the front lawn where I took several photos.
The first painting painted from those photos sold before I could get a picture of it! However, I still have this one in my “collection”!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Seems like anyone who ever owned an old bug takes a liking to this painting, but it also seems like they all had a different color bug! I did paint a yellow bug for someone who saw the red one and wanted a gift for a friend who used to have, of course, a yellow bug.
People will ask me “Do you have it in green (blue, yellow, etc.)” as though the painting is like a sweater in a store. Unbelievable!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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My friend saw it parked at an herb farm we were visiting and she came running for me to take a photo.
There it stood, in all its glory, with a water bag hanging from the front fender. But just as I took my photo the owners approached, so I left, not sure if they would be upset that I was taking photos of their car. However, the photos turned out so well that I eventually painted a few paintings of that car.
About a year later my car paintings were being displayed in a gallery in Rising Sun, IN during the local car show. To my utter disbelief, the owners of the old Buick walked into the gallery, having seen the painting of their car in the window. (Small world!) Well, they didn’t purchase that painting, but they did later purchase a smaller one of just the front of the car, as well as ask me to make name tags for their annual car club get together using the painting of their car.
“Day Trip” ‘37 Buick, Watercolor
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Here are 7 things to know about me:
1. I am an only child.
2. I have 2 grown children, no grandchildren - unless you count the granddog and grandcalf!
3. I can drive large trucks and equipment - not well, but I can make them go forwards and backwards and up and down!
4. When I was young (very young!) I rode horses!
5. Now that I'm not so young (not very young at all!) I have severe acrophobia.
6. I have been on one cruise, to the Caribbean.
7. I used to be thin!!! but don't think that will happen again!
Here are 7 bloggers to pass this onto - and this one is hard since I seem to only correspond with a few of you -
Ginny Stiles - who I have met in person - very energetic and enthusiastic about watercolor - and likes oatmeal!
Gaylynn - who I have met in person - doesn't have a lot of time to paint or blog, but she does a great job at both when she has the time!
Ricky Holtman - an inspiration for all of us.
Vicki Greene - I love her giveaways - even though I never win!
Chris Beck - a fantastic and giving artist.
Gary Keimig - another fantastic artist - unbelievable wildlife and western art - and I hope he's healing quick!
Annelein Beukenkamp - I admire the looseness and spontaniety of her work.
Rhonda, would have sent it to you but know you already have received it more than once!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Just hang in there - I promise I'll have more art related posts soon!
However, I do have some good news to share - I'm now a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club!
Monday, October 12, 2009
These cows are pretty tame – as you can see by the above photos.
After Mike opens up the electric fence to the new area the cows immediately move into it, you don’t have to ask them twice! And they sink their heads into that new lush grass and chow down! The calf was so short he could walk under the fence and Mike has now lifted it a bit so he still can, but it seems he has also learned not to touch it! Apparently it’s good for the calf to go out ahead of the herd and eat the tastiest grass! (My theory is that, since he will turn into a bull, he most likely will always get the tastiest grass!)
The cows are moved daily to new squares of pasture and, believe this, there is NOT much “cow smell”!
My great uncle ran cows and they were usually in the barn when we went and “peeeyewweeee” did they stink. When you drive in the country and come across cows you usually find them huddled into a corral with a hay bale in the middle surrounded by brown “stuff” that ain’t dirt and they smell. Well, that’s not the natural way to do things.
As I said, our cows are moved daily and in a week (or less) you won’t even know they were there – the “poo” is disintegrated and the grass is beginning to grow up again. Unless you are standing right by their area you won’t smell anything! - and what you do smell isn’t bad.
Mike goes into the enclosure on a daily basis, obviously, to move them, but now he goes in some days to feed them alfalfa tablets. He wanted a way to get them to come to him but not use corn – our cows will be cornless their whole lives, except for eating the husks of the corn on the cob we have.
You can see how tame they are, a couple of them finally letting him pat them on the head. Now as soon as they see that bucket they are all over him! He’s even gotten bitten a couple times! Again, this is something I have no intention of trying – cows are BIG. (Once again, the dog agrees with me!)
So now you know as much about cow wrangling as I do!
(Well, not really – since I know all about getting them into the corral and running them through the squeeze chute and artificial insemination – and trust me, you REALLY don’t want to know about that!!!)