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, January 31, 2013


After just a few minutes of pastel painting . . . .
 To paraphrase an old 60’s song “Baby Love”
Baby wipes, my baby wipes,
I need you, oh how I need you . . . “

Since I’ve taken up pastels, here’s a little tip for those of you thinking of entering the stock market - invest in any company manufacturing a version of baby wipes!

As shown here – that stock’s gotta soar!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Here the peppers are complete, but not the whole painting yet.

After adding a light background and making the shadows lighter, here is the completed painting.

I’m not thrilled with my background, but for this purpose – education – it’s fine with me!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Here is the yellow pepper in process.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Here is the completed orange pepper – slightly refined!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Here you can see how I developed the orange pepper.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Another in my little series of fruits and veggies!
I decided to use lighter pastels for the drawing, instead of charcoal on this one.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


The completed painting.

Monday, January 7, 2013


At this point, I realized that the upper pepper was too short, according to the photo. I’m not that good of a drawer, keep trying though!

I realized I could probably fix that problem easily – and so I did! (Not at all like watercolor!)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012 RECAP

At this time of year, it seems we all tend to look back at our accomplishments (or lack thereof!), so, here is a recap.

In 2012, I:
- was elected President of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
- taught series of classes for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission
- was asked to juror a local art show

My artwork was accepted into:
- the Cincinnati Woman’s Art Club 119th Juried Exhibit
- the Georgia Watercolor Society National Juried Show and the Annual Members’ Show
- the Rising Sun Juried Art Exhibitions – both Spring (2nd place award) and Fall
- the ViewPoint 44th Annual National Juried Exhibit
- the Ohio Watercolor Society 35th Annual Juried Exhibition – and the OWS Traveling show (State of Ohio)
- the National Watercolor Society 92nd Annual Exhibit – and the NWS Traveling show (USA) – and my image was used for the show postcard

Since it seems that we have survived the Mayan Apocalypse, and we may still be around for a while, I guess resolutions are in order again!

The only things I can think of for myself (that I’m liable to keep!) are to keep trying to improve in my art and to set up a blog posting schedule of twice a week - I have neglected my blog lately.  Time will tell if I succeed in these lofty endeavors!

I hope 2013 turns out to be a good year for all of you – to your health, happiness and success this year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


After an “almost wedding” in October, my daughter and her fiancé finally tied the knot on New Year’s Eve!

It was a small ceremony, family only, at their place (as my daughter said “no big deal”). Everyone pitched in to help in some way so we had flowers, appetizers, Champagne and a cake, cupcakes and brownies (courtesy of me).

I’m “famouns” for always crying at weddings and funerals, whether real or on TV or film. Don’t know why; I just get emotional. Sometimes I think I could rent myself out to attend these affairs and make lots of money posing as either a crazy old aunt at a wedding or a grief stricken family member at a funeral.

But – amazingly – I didn’t cry! Well, just a couple of tears, but that’s it. Guess it was just a happy occasion!

Anyway - - - the bride was lovely and the groom quite handsome.

They are planning on taking a vacation out west later this year as their honeymoon, and probably having some kind of party to celebrate, once the weather gets nicer.

It wasn’t quite what I had envisioned when she was born and I daydreamed about this day – but they are made for each other and I love them both and if they are happy, then so am I!