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, December 22, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Of the many pictures I took, so far I've begun two paintings. Not sure how they will ultimately turn out, but they are fun to paint!
Here is the beginning of one. Drawn out and miskit applied.
Some foreground paint applied - a bit of miskit spattered, color "blobbed" on.
A second layer of foreground colors applied.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Compare the two and see which you like best!
Monday, November 28, 2016
This is a small show but a lovely facility, easily accessed, free parking, restaurant - all the perks!
These two ladies are both in TWSA - and you can see why! Cheryl Lowe's painting "The Last Blast" (left) won an award. Anna Roberts' painting"Up, Up and Away" (right).
I just liked these next two - "Berry Buzzy" and "The Union Preserved" which won an award.
After viewing the show and stopping in the gift shop which is directly opposite this gallery, we headed to the restaurant for lunch. They have really good food here, just so you know - in case you, too, would like to join friends for an "Art Day".
Here was our view while we ate:
Time to head home and, although I've made this trip multiple times with no problems, apparently I cannot talk and drive at the same time since I accidentally took the ramp to Dayton! Oops! However, once again, 2 GPS found our way back to I-74 with a lovely tour of Post Road! (This is a detour I won't live down any time soon since I had proudly announced on our way up that I would not be needing the services of a map . . . . )
Oh well - more laughter, a beautiful day, good friends, good food and Art - what more can we ask for!
The show runs until December 3, 2016.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Since I didn't attend the opening and banquet, a few friends drove up with me last week to see the show. Between printed maps and 2 Smartphone GPS, we managed to find the gallery! In these situations I am "just the driver". They point me in the proper direction and I get them there, more or less intact! After searching for a parking lot or garage (which didn't work out) it was time to locate a parking slot on the street, somewhat close to the gallery. In order to accommodate 4 people, I drove my husband's car and - just to prove I CAN PARALLEL PARK (even in a car I rarely drive which is bigger than mine) - I took this photo to show my husband and decided to let you all take a gander too! LOL
Anyway . . . back to the show . . . .
First up is a photo of my friend, Tom's, outstanding painting "Where's Your Child?" for which he won an award.
Next is an amazing painting, but it's more than that. This woman somehow paints and QUILTS her paintings! They are amazing, and she seems to win an award each year, as her painting "Earth Song Quilt 7" did this year.
I took a photo of my painting hanging on the wall, but it doesn't show well since it's rather pale. No award for me, though. But at least it made it into the show and it will be in the traveling show.
After viewing the show it was back to the car to load it up with coins so we could find a restaurant for lunch. Much talk and laughter ensured, and then it was back to the car for the long and boring ride back home.- and I didn't miss the very odd little ramp onto I-70/I-270 that they have hidden right next to a proper right turn onto the wrong street . . . . .
Time to plan our next Art Adventure!
For more information, here is the website: http://www.oac.ohio.gov/Riffe-Gallery/Exhibitions.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Some people pour the entire painting, but as a class project the students were "getting antsy" to finish, so bringing out the brushes made them more comfortable.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
|Artist tape applied|
|Miskit applied to edges of tape|
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Once again, I neglected to get an initial photo, but the following photo represents at least two pours of red (quin. rose), yellow (hansa) and blue (cobalt).
Misket was first applied to any of the buildings where I wanted to keep all white - around the windows and doors. Then I taped around the edges of the buildings and poured the darker shadows.
The sky was poured by wetting that area and then holding the painting upside down so the blue did not run into the building.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
So, you will have to make do with the finished product. I had completed the top three roses, then left the painting to sit for many months. Therefore, the bottom rose looks like someone else painted it!
When it was finally finished, I surprised my student with the final result, and think she likes it anyway!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Here is the very beginning of this painting:
Monday, October 10, 2016
|Pulled up in my usual "bun"|
|Combed out before the "big cut"|
|After the cut, and lightly styled - about 8 inches shorter|
|She told me to "fluff it up" and play to the camera!|
Just thought you might enjoy seeing the "Real Me"!!! And my friends who have been pushing me to cut it all off should be at least somewhat happy with the results!
Thursday, October 6, 2016
|My daughter's wedding bouquet|
But - more importantly - she is too!
I didn't tell her I was painting it, and when she came over after my trip I did a "show and tell" of my paintings. When she saw this one she immediately recognized it and said "can I have it?" LOL
She has always been my harshest critic, and when I can please her it makes me feel great!
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
To celebrate we drove to Ainsley's restaurant on Brookville Lake. We had not been there for several years, and they have done some updating which was a pleasant surprise.
Thursday evening was in the 70's with a nice breeze so we were able to eat outside - as far as I'm concerned, the only place to eat there - with a view of the marina and lake. So Mike, myself and a million mosquitoes enjoyed a leisurely dinner! (Actually the mosquitoes weren't bad due to the breeze, but there were little swarms of them all around - I suppose their last "harrah" before summer's end.)
I find this place so relaxing. The boats, sounds and smells of the lake remind me of dining at a Florida restaurant, so I always feel like I'm on a little vacation when we eat here.
Before dinner began I sent my daughter a quick text telling her where we were. There ensued some bantering texts between the two of us - and I sent her some photos of our delicious dinners just to egg her on, so to speak! (Hey - when you add several years to my birthday wishes, anything is fair game!)
Below you will see some of the photos of our pleasant evening.
|Looking at the marina across the lake - not nearly as nice as this one!|
|And so it begins - with onion straws shared by the two of us - you can see my husband's beer in the background. |
My beverage of choice was iced tea with lemon!
|His entree - grilled cod, sugar snap peas and rice pilaf with black beans and salsa|
|My choice was trout almandine, roasted potatoes and the sugar snap peas|
|One last look at the marina as the sun settled behind the hills of Southeastern Indiana|
and we made our way home!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
I kind of lost my enthusiasm as it kept getting darker and darker.
I did try to lighten a bit on the upper left.
Oh well, it is what it is. Definitely not a show stopper!
I'll probably try it again in the future.
Now, onward and upward (I hope)!!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Added more color to the rusty area around the window curve and on the shutters. Darkened some shadows.