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”

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I added some paint to define petal edges and put in the pink center. I’m not sure if that is too much pink so I’m living with it right now. If I decide to knock that back a bit, I’ll use some alcohol on a Qtip to rub it out.
Well, guys, I’m still not a Yupo lover, but I may do a few more paintings in this genre and hope they turn out as good as this one!

Peony, Fluid Acrylic on Yupo, 13x18.5


RH Carpenter said...

Ut-oh, sounds like you might be changing your mind about yupo! ha ha I think the center is too pink right now - you could tone it with some of that nice purply color? I like the edge bleed and you might be able to get that look without taping (doing like Nick's sewing-machine stitch in tiny dots around here and there)?

Arti said...

Excellent results, I would say!

Studio at the Farm said...

Your Yupo paiinting did turn out well, Deb.

debwardart said...

Rhonda - not a total mind change! I agree with the too pink and like your suggestions - which will be "taken under advisement"!
Thanks Arti and Kathryn!

Pat said...

What a beautiful painting - full of character! xx

Kathy Wirth said...


This is gorgeous! Would like to see a little more intensity in the center. Maybe you could darken the yellow shape to the right of the pink center. Then the pink won't look so strong.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Beautiful. You may not have a total mind change about Yupo, but you are certainly starting to change my mind about it, at least the beautiful results that now do seem possible with that paper.
I am sure that you will deal with that touch of pink so that you like it better.
Looking forward to your next gems on Yupo.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I think about one more painting on yupo you'll have changed your mind ... you are a natura l at painting on it. This is lovely Deb.

Ann Buckner said...

Gorgeous colors, textures, Deb. Bet this is even more striking IRL. Why not mute that pink with a hint of green? Just a thought to consider. :)

Kathy Wirth said...

This is gorgeous, Deb. My suggestion would be to intensify the gold shape to the right of the pink center. Then the pink won't look so strong and our eye will be carried to the focal point better.

debwardart said...

Thanks Pat.
Kathy - I'll keep your ideas in mind when I get a chance to work on it agian.
Christiane - there will be more to come (some time!) I promise!
Nancy, thanks for your compliment, but still haven't changed my mind!
Ann, it is very vibrant in person. I'll also keep your idea of the green in mind when I sit down with it again.