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, April 19, 2018


Following the last post of this one, I keep looking at it and had it critiqued by my painting friends.  Then I added deeper values, then some turquoise around the outside edges and faded it out. 

This began as a class project and was never intended as a finalized painting. 

At some point you just gotta say "done"!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WIP - Peonies!

The centers are added, as well as a couple stems and light pink-ish wash in the background.

Can't decide if this one is finished or not.

What do you think??

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WIP - Peonies!

Gradually layering the colors on the peonies.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

WIP - Peonies!

Peonies again!

This is on Arches hot press.  The paint blossomed in some areas, but I like that since this is an organic subject.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

WIP - Veggie Stiff Life

This little still life was done with a student.

First - which I did not take a photo of - we added a very light layer of raw sienna on garlic, light yellow on tomato and squash.

Second - we added more color to the veggies - as seen here.

Last - we added additional layers in detail on each veggie, shadows and the blue stripes on the dish towel
This was an exercise in painting a little looser; not all of the details were added, nor as much time expended.

I think it turned out as a cute little still life.

We each used a watercolor board - mine was Arches, his was Canson.  We both felt the Arches performed better - it was easier to blend and also  lifted better.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Comments Appreciated

Well . . . .

It seems I have forgotten to read my comments - so have just published some old ones.

I will blame this on any one, or all, of the following:
1.  I'm Old and getting Forgetful.
2.  I'm a new grandmother.
3.  I've been crocheting like a fiend.
4.  I've been preparing for classes.
5.  Just got a laptop - finally! - and trying to figure it out.
6.  It's winter and I'm hibernating
7.  I'm Old and getting Forgetful.

Note to Constance - - - go to AllFreeCrochet.  There you will find that a whole world of crochet awaits you!  Sorry it took me so long to reply (see above excuses).  Good luck.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Almost finished.  I will reassess shadows and decide where I need more darks.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Beginning the apples, and some of the reflected colors on the strainer.  Obviously some work done on the lace.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Following the grapes . . . 

. . . then the lemon.

The painting after several layers on grapes and lemon.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Gotta start somewhere, so how about beginning with grapes . . . 
Layering (glazing)  up gradually.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the New Year! - WIP - Fruit on steamer basket

Finally getting back onto the blog.  Have not painted as much in 2017 - but will try to do better in 2018!

Here is a the beginning painting of fruit on my steamer basket; lots of patterning which I love.
Traced out and ready to start.

First thing, as usual, wet the paper and splash in some red, yellow and blue.  I’m using 300# Arches.