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”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The beginning of my demo.
The last couple of weeks (in between bouts of dizziness and doctor visits) I spent some time working up paintings in fluid acrylics for a demo for an art club that I belong to. Any time I give a demo I worry that the audience will be bored, or that I won’t be clear in my presentation. But the group seemed to enjoy the presentation and I had some audience participation so I know they weren’t asleep!

Since there was less than an hour for the presentation, and since I paint at the speed of a slug racing a snail, I decided to do work on more than one painting (at home) so that I could show them different processes and possibilities for their own paintings, should they want to try fluid acrylics. And, this time, I decided to work on paintings that I am really interested in bringing to completion for myself, rather than a generic painting for show and tell.

In the beginning there was a very wet sheet of paper . . . .
During the demo, I began one painting, showing them my usual process, then went on to show some paintings in process, and by then the time was up!

. . . that became the start of a painting . . . .
Besides some favorable comments on my paintings, I think they also liked my apron which I made years ago. It says “So little time, so much to paint”!
I have no idea why I was waving this painting around?????
Yep, that’s me standing in front of the group looking so gorgeous, don’t you think! Make especial note of the hair, since I’m trying to let it get a bit longer; it’s in that weird stage of not short enough to be bangs but just long enough to curl into your eyeball, so I have to keep it clipped back. Oh yeah, quite stylin’!

Like I always say, the only reason my friends keep me around is to make them look good in comparison!
Here is the start of an old car.  I had painted a series of old cars many years ago and when I saw this one in a field in Tennessee I had to take it's photo.  I've got high expectations for this one, but, as always, we shall see!


Ann Buckner said...

Enjoyed seeing your photos in this post, Deb. You look great and you certainly know what you are doing. :)

debwardart said...

Thanks Ann, but I mostly fake it!!!!!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Deb, you look absolutely super on all those pictures! Don't try to say you don't!
Your group is very fortunate to have such a professional and talented member.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So sorry about the BPPV - must be very distressing to keep going dizzy and not knowing when it will come. Somehow you battle on and do a demo - what a girl! I assume your fluid acrylics are what we call ' acrylic inks' over here in the UK. Love them. Bit difficult to demo as I simply just pour and wait to see what 'I see' and then develop. Somewhat brave for a demo!! Hope you soon feel better - and oh yes find your glasses.

debwardart said...

Christiane - thanks for that comment; I may send it to all the members!!!
Joan, not sure if they are the same or not; even though we both speak "english" some items are quite different. But I'm sure they are quite similar. I usually have a plan when I start; I always admire those who can pull a rabbit out of a hat and get a painting.