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, August 16, 2012


The main trees and posts were added, more snow and the tracks were darkened into the bridge.

At this point, I feel like it’s almost there, maybe a couple more “tweaks”.

However, at this point I wanted Rick to take a look at the painting to see if it was going to meet his expectations.

The photograph that I was given had very little color in it – the bridge was just brown, no definition of any kind, you couldn’t really see where the bridge ended, and there was tons of snow on the trees and a lot of bluish cast in the background, no discernible sky. But, since that was the photo I was given, I didn’t know if I had taken too many liberties with color. So, at this point, I could still make any changes he wanted or, worst case scenario, start all over or just “fuhgeddaboudit”.

When he came to view the painting I had it draped with a towel prior to the big “reaveal”! I explained that I had put a lot more color into it but that changes could be made and that nothing he said could hurt my feelings. I didn’t want him to feel like he had to accept the painting just to make me feel good!

While he liked the painting overall, he had a different vision for the back of the bridge. He wanted it to fade so that you could not see what was there - i.e., he wanted the bridge to be a symbol of our passage into the unknown. That was actually what I thought he wanted, even though he had not stated it at the beginning, and I should have gone with my “gut feeling”.


Ginny Stiles said...

So Deb...are you going to have to soften the back the bridge or can you talk him into this version? I LOVE...absolutely LOVE this painting. You are getting better and better and better! FAntanstically beautiful work and I hate to think of you trying to "mess" with what looks like a perfect painting! This is not oil or acrylic. What will you do?

hondafactorypaintsucks said...


debwardart said...

Ginny - actually, this is fluid acrylic, not w/c. Check the next post!
Honda, thanks for your comment.