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”
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
These are the photos – and yes, there is a chick in each one! And boy, are they quick! I took several shots of grass just trying to catch one of those little guys! Like baby chicks, killdeer are born “on the run” – and apparently with full plumage so they blend in for protection.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Anyway – very nice show with a good mix of mediums and styles. And it was nice to see Gaylynn’s paintings up close and personal rather than on the blog!!! She’s got some nice work!
Re-met her parents and daughter - who was instructed to photograph me looking just like Raquel Welch - right down to the "Foster Grants"!
Sunday was a beautiful day here in the Greater Cincinnati area and I took my husband along for the ride. Of course he had to sample the vittles!! Then I had to treat him to a malted milk on the way home!
Art and food – doesn’t get much better than that!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
That’s where the Nick Simmons workshop was held – a great facility at Town and Country Mall – large, airy and well lit room with much natural light coming in through the plate glass windows fronting on the mall corridor.
Many thanks to Leonard Williams for his hard work, as well as to Rosie Huart and Karen Benedetti – not only good artists but good bakers as well! Met several very nice ladies at the workshop, too, and reconnected with some others.
And it was so great to finally meet Nick Simmons in person! I’ve heard so much about him over the past few years. (I have read articles about him and purchased his DVD – and he will have another one coming out soon!) He is a very giving teacher – no “secrets” held back. But just to make sure that I do not overstep my bounds - all I’m going to say is that I learned A LOT from this workshop (although you won’t be able to tell that from the paintings I made while there)!
My drawing taped and miskited
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Joan hails from England and is not only a good artist but also quite a teacher. She always has some sketching and painting to show us, and she teaches all kinds of media – watercolor, pastel, pen and ink – you name it!! I love the travelogues of her part of England when she goes on a day trip. I always look forward to reading her blog.
Pablo Villicana Lara
Pablo doesn’t post often, but when he does you will be enthralled by his paintings - full of deep, rich color and vibrant sunlight and inspired by his cultural heritage. His portraits are spectacular!
You will be hard pressed to find a better watercolorist anywhere.
Gaylynn doesn’t blog frequently, but when she does she will have something intriguing, uplifting or educational to talk about. I met Gaylynn at an art show where she was standing in front of my painting. When I walked up she introduced herself and told me that she admired my work and she frequented my blog. I was so excited – I had just met my first “bloggerite”!
Since then she has joined GCWS, taken one of my workshops, and we have seen each other frequently at other art venues and she has become a true Blog Friend!!!
Monday, May 17, 2010
In honor of my blogging friendships – from time to time - I’ll be doing some short posts to feature my blog roll members (in no particular order!) If you haven’t done so already, check out their blogs.
Chris is an accomplished artist and a signature member of TWSA, Watercolor West and Missouri Watercolor Society. She likes to paint small and I’ve been fortunate to see one of her paintings up close and personal!!! Amazing!!!
Apparently Chris is not busy enough painting and exhibiting – she also has TWO BLOGS! One is about her individually – “I’m Painting as Fast as I Can” where she shares her paintings and techniques.
The other is Brush-Paper-Water on which she so graciously features artists she knows and admires.
If you haven’t already done so – go check out both of them.
I first saw Jacqueline’s work at the Madison, IN Chautauqua some years ago and have enjoyed her paintings ever since. If you enjoy photo realistic you will love her work - she’s GREAT! I was so happy to find her blog Realism in Watercolors and am enjoying seeing her daily paintings which are breathtaking. Recently she has begun painting in oils and they are just as spectacular as her watercolors – and I would not have expected anything less! Jacqueline also has begun producing videos so you can follow along with her as she produces some of her exquisite paintings.
This blog isn’t art related, but who cares!! (Well, actually, it kind of is - she just paints with words instead of paint!!!)
Murr Brewster blogs twice a week – and her posts are not to be missed! Put her on your blog roll and she will brighten your day! (DON’T DELAY, DO IT NOW!) And if you have never been to her blog, give yourself some time to go back over her older posts – it will be well worth your time! Just be sure that you are not ingesting anything while reading her blog, or you may find yourself in need of a damp rag to wipe up your computer area! She can be laugh out loud funny!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I did a value study (forgot to photo it, but I did really follow it for the violets).
Then I added darks in the rest of the centers, and added a violet for my darker areas as indicated in the value study, then let some of the violet run off the edges.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Just thought I’d share!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The village dates from early 1800's to 1912. The Shakers were innovators in construction and medicine, and the engineering of some of these buildings is amazing!
Even though we all went into and passed the same buildings and took lots of photos of the same things, all of our pictures are different (just like the same painting done by more than one person!) We also saw different items in some of the buildings and surprised each other when we passed our cameras around in the evening.
The weather was cool and rainy the first day, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. The second day dawned sunny and warmer.
I won’t bore you with all the details or all the photos (not enough room on the blog for that!!!), but here are a few you might find of interest.
The top photo is the meeting house - which has an unobstructed hall on the first floor. The weight of the entire building is held by the huge wooden timbers on the 3rd floor, much like a suspension bridge!
This is where the Shakers held their meetings, which could range from 15 minutes or 23 hours! They entered and sat on moveable benches and waited for "the spirit to move them". We watched a presentation of one woman with an amazing voice who sang some of their songs and performed a few of their dances. (The Shakers danced and sang for their worship and would allow visitors who sat around the sides of the hall). When this woman performed the dance and stomped her feet, it hurt my ears. She told us that there would have been hundreds of Shakers in that room at one time dancing - and that they could be heard 4 miles away! They called themselves The Believers, but visitors who watched their dancing and "shaking" during worship coined the name "Shakers".
The floors in the building where we spent the night never even squeaked, nor did the stairs - after all these years (unlike the floors and stairs in my house!!!)
It was a lovely and informative and fun couple of days!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
And I may be a bit terse in my replies, but I really do care about all of you who stop by here – just have a lot going on lately but still want to stay connected.
Talk about "speed kills" - you can see how slowly I'm getting my paintings finished lately!!!
This was another start from my fluid acrylics workshop at Cincinnati Art Club in February, and this one may be a keeper! I think it shows the softness of the folds of cloth and I made the roses red for my husband!
I also taught this painting at my recent weekend workshop, in case it looks a little familiar!