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, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year 2009!

I’ve made my New Year’s resolutions, some of which, as usual, are left over from the previous year!

Since I didn’t learn to paint portraits last year, that’s on my list this year, along with becoming a “better blogger”.

I spent the last few days of 2008 trying to learn more about blogs and websites. It makes me feel like I’m back in high school – sitting for hours trying to learn something. But I must say it makes the time pass very quickly!

So my resolution to all of you is that I’ll be posting twice a week (until I figure out that means 104 posts this year and realize that this will most likely be another resolution that bites the dust!!!) (Which I just figured out – duuuuuuuuuuuuh!)

But I’ll give it my best shot, so here’s Post #1 of 2009:

Well, it’s been a year since I posted my first blog!

Blogging is certainly an interesting concept, and I know there is so much for me to learn. I’m blown away by how professional some of you are, with your “blog rolls”, counters, etc. Where do you all find the time? Not to mention the intelligence to figure it all out!!! But, I’m trying!

In honor of my first full year of posting, once again I’m offering a FREE PAINTING.

This give away is featuring lilies. The lily painting (actually, 3 of them, so you can see they will be the same but different!) is posted here – 1/8 sheet, Arches paper – I have 4 of them.

I offered a flag painting back in September and have 2 more of them, similar to the one posted.

As far as the giveaway, once again, the rules are the same:

· None of the paintings will be matted or framed – it’s just the painting.
· Even though these are all original paintings, there may be several similar, since, these are class demos and I have done some of them repeatedly and – here is the caveat –
· Some may be better than others!
· They will go on a first come, first served basis.

So, if you are interested in a free original watercolor painting, email me at Put in the subject line: free blog painting. Otherwise, I just might delete you – I do not open any emails from people I’m not expecting mail from – kind of like not opening the front door to strangers. And, for goodness sake – be sure to leave your name and address so I can send you the painting!

This time you may request FLAG or LILLIES and I will parcel them out from what I have available.

Hope to hear from some of you! (Only 103 more posts to go!!!!)


Vicki Greene said...

I love giveaways (I have a giveaway on my blog too if you would like to check it out). Thank you so much for being so generous. Congratulations on your first year of blogging.

RHCarpenter said...

Hey, it looks like a few bloggers are doing giveaways. While I would LOVE a painting of the lilies, I did win the flag painting last time so won't enter this drawing. But I'll be wishing good luck to everyone who enters.
Good luck, too, on your blogging this year, Deb. It does take time - but once you learn the ins and outs, it goes quickly - until they come up with something new you just have to try.
Happy New Year!

Gaylynn said...

I love your giveaways! I hope I get my request in in time. :-)
Congratulations on blogging for a year. I feel your lack of knowledge on all the gadgets you can add. I too have spent some time researching and have many times felt lost. I did figure that if you click on the gadgets that you like on others sites it will get you to where you need to go to download it to your blog. I have also goggled widgets and have found some of the sites that way. Ask me how to change my page layout, add my own paintings as background, add the many topics down the side of the page,etc... then I am lost. I wish I could figure out all the bells and whistles. But, first I need to pledge to write more often like you have. Then I think the rest will fall into place.
Happy New Year!

Improvedliving said...

well i love these stuff. Its incredible for sure.


debwardart said...

Rhonda, thanks for giving someone else a turn!
Vicki - yours will be on its way soon!
Gaylynn - ditto! All the time I spend on the internet could be spent painting!!! But it's certainly an interesting journey. Let's see if I can keep up my self-imposed posting pace this year!