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, April 28, 2014


My completed demo.
Our last class was the start of a floral painting.  I painted 1/2 for the afternoon and 1/2 for the evening classes (that is what the line down the middle is for).

Basically, I did some background, a flower, a rain (or dew) drop and stem for them and they will be left to their own devices to complete it before our next session.

I will be very curious to see how they all turn out!

Here are some of the photos from that demo:

Background started, some stems masked, then painted.
Students had option to use masking tape on the stems
 (which I did on the ones that are painted in now) or miskit.  
Some of the petals are started here.

Close up of one flower, part of stem (upper left).

A couple of the flowers are (maybe!) completed, rain/dew drop completed.

Another view of stems and flowers.
A quick demo for the rain/dew drop.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Just completed my spring session at Dunham.

Of course, I didn't think to bring my camera each week, but did remember, finally, at the end of the session.

I took photos of some of the student work.  As you can see, this assignment was "pears and lace".  Not all of the students are represented here, but you can certainly get a good idea of how well they all did.

I've put my painting at the beginning as a reference for the others - photos and tracings are provided for them to use, so we are all painting the same subject.  The amazing thing is, not many of them paint except in class - and here are their results!  Be aware, some are not completed.

Prepare to be amazed!

I will be posting another painting from the class soon!
My demo painting for the class.

Monday, April 21, 2014


My good friend, Shirley, asked me if I could step in last minute and give a demo to her painting group, so of course I said yes.

Since one of my classes has been painting pears and lace, guess what my demo was for her group!?!?!

Please forgive the photos of me - these were some of the better ones!  (Memo to self:  do not let Shirley take photos of me!!!!)  In my defense - it was REALLY WINDY that night!

Seriously, it was a fun evening - great weather if a bit windy - and I do think the group enjoyed the presentation.  Hope you enjoy the photos!

Here's the group - Colerain Artists.
Oh yes, that's me - looking kinda "spinster teacher-ish" don't you think?
She got me from my good side!  If you squint real hard you might
think I look like my idol,  Raquel Welch!
(You gotta squint REAL HARD).
The lace is pretty much finished and I'll be working on the pear next.

The (almost) completed painting, pear and gold rim finished on dish.
I offered this demo piece and one lady excitedly took it - claims she
will be framing it, too!

Me holding up some poured paintings that I had brought along for "show and tell".

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Once again I was fortunate enough to have a painting accepted into the Woman's Art Club exhibit - the 121st Annual!

My painting also won the Winsor & Newton award.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be at the opening since it was the last day of the Carol Carter workshop at GCWS.
My painting on the wall.  I didn't think it made a good presentation,
but maybe I'm just being hard on myself.
However, a friend and I went out to Mariemont to view the show and have lunch - a great day - art, food and friendship!

Here are some photos from that day:
I loved this necklace.  I have tried beading, but it's
just not my cup of tea!
This beauty is a poured painting by my friend, Carolyn Hibbard.
(Sorry about the reflection, couldn't get a better shot)
Took a photo of this one for my hubby - the title is
"Now, That's A Lot of Bull"!!!
An overview of the show looking toward my painting at the front.
Photo toward the back corner.
Photo of other back corner, with my friend posing!

Monday, April 14, 2014


It's been a busy couple of weeks!  On the go for 12 days in a row - that must be some kind of record for me.  Now, finally, I think I'm back to "normal" (whatever that is) and have spent most of today catching up on emails and updating blogs.

April 4, 5 and 6 I attended the Carol Carter workshop which the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society sponsored.

If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with Carol - DO IT!  She is a wonderful teacher.

Rather than "reinvent the wheel" check out these links to posts about this workshop by some of the attendees.
Rhonda Carpenter - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Souvenirs
Gaylynn Robinson
Laura Starrett

Carol Carter by Carol Carter!

Monday, April 7, 2014


I entered my painting "Flights of Fancy" into the PWS online show.

I took a look at the winners.  When Denny Bond is getting only a small award for his amazing paintings - I knew I hadn't had a chance for an award in this one!

Click here to view the show winners.

My painting appears at the top of page 3 here.

Or, you can always go to their website  and view the show in it's entirety!

And marvel at the award winners' abilities!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


One of my paintings was accepted into the Woman's Art Club show again this year.

This show is always excellent - made up of only women artists from the Cincinnati area!

Hope you get a chance to attend either the reception or another day while the show hangs - at "The Barn" - the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center - in Mariemont.  (See sidebar for more info).

The Anniversary Clock
Watercolor (30x22)