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”

Friday, December 11, 2009


This painting began with a photo from a local farm house. Every fall they have pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn galore spread across the front yard and porch. This year they had wagons and boxes and wooden crates full! I guess it was an especially bountiful year due to the excellent rain and growing season we had here in southern Indiana.
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.


RHCarpenter said...

I like this start - so warm and inviting already!

Kathy Wirth said...

Great start! Don't you love these poured miskit paintings? You never quite know what effects you're going to get.

debwardart said...

Thanks Rhonda and Kathy - yep, love this technique and am using some variation of it quite a lot lately.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Adored the sunflower and assume the same technique will be used to finish the gourds. Wonderful style you have Debs. Very envious. Did I tell you how much I liked the cars - stunning renditions.

debwardart said...

Thanks Joan - glad you enjoyed the cars. But, envious of me??? Have you looked at your work lately!!! You have capabilities in so many media! I will be working the gourds with more miskit and gradually building the colors.