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, August 13, 2010


After a lovely dinner with Rhonda and Nick Simmons last Monday night, I was in a great mood, until I was faced with a disastrous Tuesday.
It began with vandalism to our mailbox. We have had several instances in the past that are more “prank” than vandalism (allegedly) done by a young neighbor, but this definitely crossed the line. Both another neighbor, who was also targeted, and I called in the local sheriff. There is no way I can show the photos of the lovely “artwork” the little demon left on my mailbox and on two places on the county road. Enamel spray paint will take some time to wear off the road, and never will wear off our mailbox.
Then, to add insult to injury, later in the day while putting out more paint, the end of the tube split and created a little tiny hole that I didn’t notice until the cobalt blue casein had squirted onto the front of my shirt. Even though I sprayed it with everything in my laundry arsenal and washed it immediately, it still retains the blue dots.
Some days you just look forward to bedtime!


RHCarpenter said...

Deb, you needed to just get creative and paint something on that white shirt!! I hope it wasn't a favorite shirt. I saw the mailbox - tacky and rude and he should be made to pay for the paint to paint over it and made to paint over it perhaps two or three times during the day...say around 1:00 pm when it's about 95F! I wonder what gets into someone who says, "I'm bored. I think I'll go destroy something."

Christiane Kingsley said...

Deb, I am very sorry to hear about the local vandalism and the bad luck with that tube of paint.
Vandalism is such a waste of energy; who could get any fun in destroying beauty?

Tomorrow will be a better day. Take care.

Vicki Greene said...

Well it certainly has been a Friday 13th for you. I do hope that tomorrow will be a much better day.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sorry about your bad day - but if you saw my wardrobe you see I have such accidents with acrylic all the time. Always plan to wear my overall but the enthusiasm to get started stops it happening from time to time and as I pass my study with my best going out clothes on I find there is some little thing that just has to be done there and then!!

Lisa Walsh said...

So sorry to hear about your 'no good, very bad day', as Winnie the Pooh would say. I agree with Rhonda, the kid should repaint the mailbox. I hope that was just a painting shirt, and not everyday wear. But look at the bright side, this could be your opportunity to go into textile art!

debwardart said...

Rhonda, Joan and Lisa - I have lots of shirts looking b a a a d, but this one wasn't ruined - yet - guess it just couldn't wait to join the others in the closet!
Rhonda, Christiane and Vicki - the local "po-leese" still haven't cracked this case, even though the orange spray paint can only be seen on the vandalism and on the property of the "alleged" perpetrator. (We can send people to prison on less circumstantial evidence!) Until this gets resolved there is no reason to miss the mailbox and entrance to my driveway!

Nick said...

when I spill paint on my clothes, I always try to spill a little more...makes it look like ya meant it! Had a fun time the other night, got a craving for that amaretto dessert. If you can whip one of those up, we'll do the pow wow at the ranch next time.

debwardart said...

Thanks Nick, you are a wealth of info! (The Jazz Man's creed??? do it 3 more times??? - see, I WAS paying attention!!!) I'll round up my cookbook and search for the Amaretto - dinner at the ranch in 2012! Perhaps some tasty grass-fed beef by then!!!