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, July 19, 2012


This painting is inspired by design elements that I saw as I walked around the facility. Lately I’ve been basing some of my work on patterns and when I saw the pagoda I thought it had some great patterns in it that I could work into a painting – ditto the windows of the stone hut.

I decided to combine those design elements into a little "painted collage" - hope my ideas work!

I drew a design from the pagoda around the border of the piece and added the window from the stone hut - that building fascinates me!  I also liked the hydrangea bloom and added it in, taking one "floweret" and placing it into the window space.  Then I misketed the whites, wet the canvas and swiped on blues and yellows and browns, then as the piece dried I spattered various color with a toothbrush.

As soon as I started defining some of the "x" shapes, I realized I'd forgotten about the ones inside the window area, and quickly added them.  I also began adding some yellow to the flower center.

I began adding greens and some shadows.


Christiane Kingsley said...

Love this start! Very different and exciting.

Vicki Greene said...

You are so creative. Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

RH Carpenter said...

I like where you're going with this and how you've taken bits and pieces and created something new and interesting :) Love that sap green!

debwardart said...

Thanks ladies - I couldn't get too excited about the idea for this show since, when I went there, it was rather overcast and not much blooming - but the overall designs that I saw intrigued me - which brought up this idea.