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”

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Since I returned from my annual painting retreat, I’ve been playing catch up.
No, I haven’t been eating burgers all this time – I said “catch up” not ketchup! (Bet you missed my humor while I was gone!)
In looking over my photos (of which there are only a few since my camera does not like to take photos at night, never has and apparently never will) I came across this one you might find of interest.

One of the ladies had some M&Ms made – they are cute as a button! They helped to commemorate our 10th year together. Turns out she and I are the only 2 who have made it to every single retreat!
A decade of painting together – that certainly says something about our friendship!

In case you cannot read these they say:
Create Art
Let’s Paint
CIAG* 10 Years
ESP* Friends

*CIAG – the name of our group – Carolina and Indiana Art Group
*ESP – Eat, Sleep, Paint

Monday, June 27, 2011


Some time ago I had painted a series of old cars and I decided to look back at them to compare to this old Chev, to see if I felt that progress has been made.

So, for the swan song of this painting, here is another old rusty Chev that was done some years ago for comparison to the new Chev.

I’m not really sure that I’ve made any painting progess – I still like the old one!

What do you think?

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Well, now I’m starting on the background – first coat of light washes.
More work on the background. Can this still be ruined??? Why, of course it can!
My thought was to layer miskit and paint, gradually building up the darker colors.
I also added some vegetation around the car.
At the end of this process, I hate the background. After removing the miskit it looks too “scratchy” to me. I may try more paint, or some collage or . . . it’s a do-over (which is the direction I’m leaning).
I had such high hopes for this one. Oh well, lesson learned. I’m very happy with the car itself, though!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I'm baaaaaaaaaaack from my annual painting retreat - didja miss me????

While I was gone, I worked on the old Chev some more.

Here more rust has been added – on the trunk . . . .

. . . . and top.

Here is a close up of the rust.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Starting to add the rust.

This old car was in a cow pasture down in Tennessee.  A friend and I ventured "off the beaten path" to get some photos.  Fortunately, we live to tell the tale!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Finally – an artful post! Oh well - slow but sure.

However, due to my schedule, I may not be posting often for the next couple of weeks or so, but promise to have more soon.

Here is a little more on the car I began for the art club demo.  I am going to post this as I work on it; usually I "edit" my posts so you just get the better, but I'm taking a chance with this one!   I'll have more next week.
As a refresher – here is the start.

I’ve added some raw sienna on the body of the car and some (I think) cobalt (or maybe french ultramarine??) and manganese hue in the windows.