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, December 4, 2010

SHAKER BASKETS - 1


As you may recall, Rhonda Carpenter and another friend and I went to Shaker Villlage earlier in the year. I came away with a few photos to develop into paintings. This painting is taken from a photo of some old, well used Shaker baskets on top of an old shelving unit. For this horizontal design, I drew the painting onto a 15x30 canvas and began with a light wash of cobalt in the background. Then I used several shades of brown fluid acrylics in light washes.

As you can see (below) I worked left to right and only partially finished each additional layer. I intended to use this painting for demonstration purposes at a local art club and wanted to be able to show my layering process. I gradually built up the colors in the baskets and on the wooden shelf, using my fan brush to create striations to simulate wood on the shelf.

9 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

I love baskets, Deb, and these will be beautiful. I love the juxtaposition of the warm glow of the baskets and shelf with the blue background. Can't wait to see the next update on this beauty.

RHCarpenter said...

A beautiful start, Deb, and reminds me of our trip there :)

debwardart said...

Thanks Christiane!
Rhonda - yep, brings back some fun memories - remember your fight with Georgia!!!

SOiNTOiT said...

Water color is such a mystery to me...your baskets and the color palette are scrumptious. I'm envious of your talents:)Pam

Gary Keimig said...

this is going to be a great piece Deb.
congratulations on Chris Beck's site.
Thanks for the comment on my art blog. I am entering it along with several other paintings in a show this coming weekend that has a number of Purchase Awards. We will see.

Vicki Greene said...

This is going to be another terrific one like the Mason Jars. Also, I am so behind on my posting but a big congrats on being on Chris Beck's blog! I love your work.

debwardart said...

Pam - no mystery! Glad you enjoy the painting (so far!)
Good luck, Gary!
Vicki - wow, I hope so (glad you like the jars!) and Thanks!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I really enjoy seeing your process here. Beautiful baskets!

debwardart said...

Claire - Thanks for stopping by!