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”

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Finally I added dark to the background and did something I have not done before – used some actual black – half-tone black – along with dark blues and put plastic wrap over it for a texture. Well, I’ve used plastic wrap on other backgrounds and liked that, but this time it didn’t work! Totally YUK!

So I had to repaint the background – it’s darker than I had planned but I’m not unhappy with it and besides, what else can I do????

After living with it a few days and getting some “friendly critiques” I tried to soften the lace edge on the left side and added a bit of dark to the books on the right hand side to lose that line of the binding going off the page. I also added a touch darker shadow under the saucer and under the top book onto the bottom book.

Then, the name. My first idea was “Tea With Hank and Bill” but decided that was not serious enough, so it’s now called “Tea With the Classics”.

By the way, the books were my mother’s. She was an avid reader and actually read Shakespeare! The date in the frontispiece of Longfellow is 1902, and the Shakespeare must be equally that old – and the pages are bound upside down in the binding! I’m guessing she must have bought them at a second hand store when she was a young woman working in the “city”.

At any rate, I think the painting is done – what do you say?

Casein on watercolor board, 14x18


Sandy Maudlin said...

What a great way to preserve family history! Beautifully done. You are a MASTER with Casein.

debwardart said...

Thanks, Sandy! I do really like the medium - maybe that's my "niche" the way Yupo is yours!

Anita Davies said...

Beautiful painting, most deffinately 'DONE' ;)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Hello Deb - good to find you through your comment on my latest blog post. Dont tell me there is another medium I havent heard of here in England - CASEIN?. What is it?? Enjoyed strolling through your posts and love the teacup and books still life work.

RHCarpenter said...

Looks beautiful, Deb, and what a great way to commemorate family momentos!