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, February 29, 2016


More blue and white vases!  This time I've added pomegranates.

Whites miskited and some colors added to very wet paper.

Light wash of color onto fruit and fabric.
Colors starting to be slowly glazed.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


As you can see, I darkened the background on the right and tried to make it look like a lace curtain on the left behind the vases.  Shadows were darkened here and there.

I think it's finished, but have no name!  

Monday, February 22, 2016


My painting "All About the Labels" has been accepted into the GWS National Exhibit.  

For those of you in the area, the show runs March 13 through April 30 at the Bowen Center for the Arts, Dawsonville, GA.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Not really sure where I was going with that background - yikes.  Going to take some thought on that!  In the meantime, the patterns have been painted on the objects.

 A little more shadowing on the sides of the objects and cloth.

Monday, February 15, 2016


More shadows on the objects to give more dimension to them.

Painting more of the darker patterns.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Apparently I did not take a photo of the drawing itself, but here is the start of the painting.

I painted some cobalt blue across the fabric to give it dimension, then began painting in the fabric colors.

 Then I put some light shading on and around the vase and teapot.

Monday, February 8, 2016


In between painting walls and ceilings (!) I did manage to get some "fine art" painting squeezed in.

For years I have been collecting objects, fabric and decorative paper as inspiration for paintings.  Since I really like to do these simple still lifes, I decided to go "back to my roots" so to speak and try doing a few more of these.

Here is the set up for this painting.

Then I got a close up of the teapot and vase for more detail.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


I did manage to get some painting finished while working on the studio rooms.

A young woman contacted me about a house commission for her parents.  Seems each time they move, they have a small watercolor of their  home commissioned.

Even though she contacted me on the internet, she said my name was familiar.  After talking with her, we found out we know people in common!  Small world!

This is a very small painting, especially for me - the final framed area will measure only 6 in. x 10 in.  I painted it slightly larger so there will be some "wiggle room" for the framer.

With her directions on color - very hard to tell from the photograph I was given - I made some paint color choices and texted them to her for her mother's selection.

Then I began working on the sky, foreground, trees and shrubs.

 After a couple of emails and slight changes to some of the colors, here is the completed painting.

I hope her parents are happy with the result.

Monday, February 1, 2016


While still not finished in my daughter's room - got a LONG WAY to go still - I have made a start in my son's room.

As you can see - even after he moved out there was still HIS STUFF in there!  I'm pretty proud of myself that I un-wired an entire Pioneer sound system, keeping the right wires with each component.  It's now sitting in 2 boxes waiting for my daughter to decide if she wants it, or it's off to the Goodwill.

Another room taped - including the desk area which I did later!  As you can see, the dog got into the act too!

For you dog people, you know that you cannot disappear from a room for any length of time without him locating you!  And of course, he will manage to lay down exactly in the center of all of the activity - just where you don't want him to be!

Well - now it's time to paint this room and begin moving my arts and crafts and sewing supplies in here.

Again, a long process, but hopefully worth it in the end.  Stay tuned!