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”

Monday, January 9, 2012


The fans were next order of business. I didn’t want them to detract from the geishas, so I tried to mute the colors a bit. In one fan I used a floral motif to tie into the designs on the kimonos and on the other a bamboo effect to blend in with the kanji symbols.

After a friend’s critique and offer of her Japanese fan, I decided to add “Mt. Fuji” to the bottom fan along with and some striations which her fan had.

Once the painting was mostly complete, I misketed the symbols and flower design in the border, then taped off the border and used gold gesso – this was my homage to Judy Morris.


RH Carpenter said...

You are continually surprising me with this painting - and that's a good thing!!!

Studio at the Farm said...

Good Morning, Deb.
I must say this has been a most interesting WIP. One of the qualities I quite like with this painting is the composition, especially the frame-within-frame with its mottled appearance. I am sorry to see that disappear under gold gesso. But I look forward to seeing the look of the completed work.

martinealison said...

Une magnifique composition, des couleurs sublimes... Il est toujours très plaisant de voir l'évolution d'une oeuvre.
Gros bisous

debwardart said...

Rhonda I'm glad that's good! Kathryn, I'm glad you are enjoying the WIP. As I said, the frame was modeled after a Judy Morris painting. Disappearing??? Stay tuned!!
Martine, I think I can read this one without the translator - "a magnificent (good) composition, the colors are subline (great). It is always nice to see the evolution of my work!" Merci!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This step by step is like a great mystery novel ... I can't wait until the end. It is really coming together. I took a Judy Morris workshop ... she's a very giving teacher, and I love some of her oriental themed work. This is going to be a winner.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wonderful so far! I guess there's nothing you can't paint!

debwardart said...

Nancy, most of my paintings are mysteries - like, it's always a mystery when they turn out - "how did I do that"!!!!
Oh Kimberly, I've got you fooled!