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!