Watercolours Are Out Today

Discipline can be a hard task master.  You know how it is.   When you get first get something new, you feel the overwhelming desire to spend all your time with it!    But, I’ve put aside my cleaned repaired camera, with its shiny brand new prime lens, for …today.

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Watercolour Mountain landscape, naples yellow, indigo, indanthrone blue

I’m feeling a bit desperate. How I want to study, observe, record and learn with the new lens instead. Fine… you’re right.  I just want to have fun with it!! Sadly,  I’ve left my paints alone for too long, so they come out today.  I absolutely love painting, as I’m sure you can tell. And once I start, I’m off in the zone and have forgotten all about the other.

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Watercolour Paints and brushes

A quick morning’s  sketch: The first image of the mountain, I was still in Mt. Rainier  ‘Mother of Waters’  mode  I imagine. This  next image was from all my trips to NSW area around Tamworth. As you drive into Tamworth, you can see the gorgeous hazy blue mountain ranges on the eastern side. Its lovely.    Near Tamworth is a great tourist place for gold fossickers called Three Creeks Gold Mine, where we used to go and pan for gold in the bushland creeks. We did an annual trip up there for many years until we moved to Seattle.

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Tamworth NSW Watercolour landscape blue hills debiriley.com

And this last image, I’m having a bit of an experimental play with dampened paper, indigo, white, cobalt teal and permanent brown.   Just to see…  “what if?” I quite like how the white gouache helps the stainers to create the wonderful organic patterns.    Its one of my ‘secrets’  –  well,  not now!     White can be such a great tool to use for certain purposes and this is one I definitely love.

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Watercolour Creekbed indigo, cobalt teal debiriley.com
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12 thoughts on “Watercolours Are Out Today

    1. I appreciate that! thank you so much. As artists, we get into moments of discouragement, but then nice people like you brighten the day 🙂 very kind, thanks Debi

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      1. Yes, that’s really true, Debi. I’m just in a good phase feeling like a storage reservoir that is nearly overflowing. Everything I take into my hands gives me new ideas. Just finished 5 silver brooches and still working on two more. Will post them later when they are all finished.
        I’m sorry to hear that you have moments of discouragement. There’s a very good proverb from and old Rabbi: “because the purpose of any descent is always in order to ascend”. Your works are simply well made, beautiful, artful. I wish you good luck for your next projects. I wish I could learn something from you. I am more an illustrator than a painter, I prefer pencils. With all my many hobbies time is not enough.
        Looking forward to your wonderful posts, regards Mitza

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      2. thanks Mitza 🙂 I’ll love to see those silver brooches! rabbi has good thoughts 🙂 I’m lucky I’m always aware the discouragement felt, is only for a day at the most! then its gone.

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  1. Love the palette of colours. We’re in the same space at the moment. Lovely work and I absolutely agree about the white gouche. Turner also agrees 🙂

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