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”

Monday, February 1, 2010


Now that there is paint over all I have begun lifting some and adding some

I will be putting my acetate over this to decide where it needs to be darker or lighter. I figure a few more hours work at this point.

-or - should I just title this "How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Piece of Watercolor Paper!"?  It just looks dull, muddy, old, tired, dead.  NOT what I had in mind when I started.  I'm thinking of using some acrylics to spiff it up - if that is possible!
TIP! When I tape my paintings down, after I wet the paper and pour the paint, I will leave it sit overnight. All of those hills and valleys that occur when the water is applied to the paper will dry and smooth away overnight. In effect I am stretching my paper, but I’ve also got some paint down – it’s a “two-fer”!


Teresa said...

Well Deb, I don't see how this one is ruined at all, I love how complex it is with all those leaves all around, the color looks fresh at least in the digital version, just play some more with the values and that's all it needs IMHO. You have a winner on the way :D

Christiane Kingsley said...

This painting is not muddy or lifeless. On the contrary. You have some gorgeous colors- you will be much happier with it once you have put in all your dark negative painting.It's going to be great.

RHCarpenter said...

Don't get discouraged on this one - it's looking good! Just needs some well-placed darks and you'll be done. Like you say, another hour of work, I think.

debwardart said...

Well, ladies, I thank you for your comments - but I've seen this in real life - ahhhhh, the wonders of the "small screen"!

Gary Keimig said...

I think it is really looking good. You are jsut about there.
Go girl.

Ann Buckner said...

I agree with Gary's comments and am waiting to see what you decide to do. :)