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, October 27, 2016


For a class project we did a poured painting of a Venetian canal scene.

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


Unfortunately, I didn't take any other photos while this painting was in progress - or, if I did, they are completely lost in the mess that is still my computer photo library!

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!
Anniversary Roses

Thursday, October 13, 2016


One of my students brought in roses from her anniversary party last year.  They were so beautiful, I wanted to paint them, so I took multiple photos.
Finally, this year, I began a painting way back in the spring using the above photo.

Here is the very beginning of this painting:
My paintings usually look like a "smooshy mess" in the beginning, and this one is no exception!

Monday, October 10, 2016


I've been letting my hair grow long for several years and occasionally I'll have my daughter - a beautician - cut a couple inches off just to even it out.  At some point I decided that I'd grow it as long as possible - before it drove me crazy! - and then have her cut it and make a hair donation.

So, finally, the "big haircut day" came!  I had my daughter take a series of photos during the process. I still wanted it long enough to pull up into a pony tail or bun.
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!
Since this was one of our "Mother/Daughter Bonding Days" the day also included lunch and some shopping.

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
Here is the finished painting.  I'm happy with it.

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!