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”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Here is my painting for the spring demo/program for the Hansen Center. (on 1/8 sheet of Arches)
I thought a bright geranium might be appropriate after our miserable weather!

The students were hard at work!

Of course, they always think they will not be able to create the painting I bring . . . BUT . . . 
these are the final paintings - and it looks to me like they all turned out very well!

Everyone had an enjoyable evening - and the weather cooperated!   Cold but clear, thank goodness!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Here are some of the student paintings:

The two above are completed.

Neither of the above are completely finished yet.    
This one will probably have a little more work done.                                
This one looks completed to me! 

The lemons turned out beautifully.
This was our first colander and tomato painting, now completed by a student and matted (the shine is from the clear plastic over the painting and mat).

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Here we go again with a colander and tomatoes – different colander, though.  Once I realized I’d thrown mine away but wanted it back (duh, what was I thinking?) I purchased another one – and then found yet another one in white.

This painting basically was used to reinforce the lessons learned in the previous painting of silver and tomatoes.  I did a few different set ups and let the students pick the ones they wanted to paint – some easier, some more difficult.  One of my students had brought in some beautiful blue fabric and gave it to me, so I used that as the backdrop.  Two students chose to do two paintings.  Of course, I didn’t get photos of them all (so what else is new!)

I THINK this is mine in progress – but my students are getting so good, it’s hard to tell!


Thursday, March 13, 2014


After all of the marbles and pouches were painted, I put a blush of lunar blue (DS) on the background . . .

. . . and then began painting the words and the marble at the top.

I removed the misket from the marbles - which turned out to be a nightmare!  I had used some older miskit and had left it on a bit too long.  Some came off fine, other spots had to be removed with an Xacto knife!
Let that be a lesson to you!!!

A few more tweaks of the shadows and adding some screws at the end of the box . . .

The completed painting.
Fun With Marbles, watercolor, Arches 140# CP, 22x30

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Oriental Roses, fluid acrylic on 300# Arches CP
Featured in AcrylicWorks (pg. 46)
Sometimes when it rains it pours.

First a painting was accepted into Watermedia Showcase and featured in the April 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist.

Now one of my paintings is featured in the new AcrylicWorks book - edited by Nancy Raynor and published by FW Media - Northlight Books.

How happy am I???  VERY HAPPY!!!

My painting “Oriental Roses” is featured on page 46 of the book. 

That painting was also in the 2012 Ohio Watercolor Society show and travel show, and was sold! 

Every now and then we catch a break and have a good success!

If you would like to order AcrylicWorks, here are the links to Amazon and NorthLight Shop.

Monday, March 3, 2014


I added more color to the pouches; I thought the blue especially was too "wimpy" at first.  
I also added the red letters to the front of the box and darkened some of the shadows on and inside the box.

Adding the letters was too much fun!