Abstract in Amethyst, Western Australia

Abstract art, amethyst, debiriley.com

Amethyst, Indigo, Violet merge and collide as I gaze down at the ocean and white sands from the small plane skimming along the remote Western Australian coastline just at dusk.

A memory.  Glimspes of  a remembered past.  Colors bright and vibrant.  The buffed titanium sand beaches at dusk, shadowed with lavender swirls – soothe the soul.

Abstract art, amethyst, debiriley.com
Amethyst Waters


Painting an Abstract


The acrylic abstract painting was done remembering our cross country out back adventure that took us north,  through some of the roughest, most isolated areas in Australia.


We travelled by 4WD through Darwin, Kakadu, Katharine, to Broome.   In Broome, we lounged around looking at petrified dinosaur tracks, drinking ice cold ginger beer and walked the fabled Cable Beach.

Then we signed on for a tour to the Horizontal Falls past the Buccaneer Archipelago, on a little dainty plane.

There were some nice big Winds that felt like they were playing soccer with the  aircraft. Glad I said I needed the front seat.


Flying  over this coastline at near dawn and dusk, was glorious!   The colours wrapped themselves around my heart and haven’t let go since.

Its this bit of remembered coastline I paint.




Western Australia

Western Australia is the  largest state  in Australia  and takes up about one third of Australia’s landmass. It is about 2.5 million square kilometers,  close to the size of Western Europe.

To drive from Perth to Geraldton takes nearly 5 hours. To drive from Perth to Melbourne 3,279 kilometers,  would take 5 days  of daytime driving.  Over here, its really not safe to drive long distances like that at night out of the cities. As there are so many kangaroos and wombats which cause serious accidents.

Just imagine, in the US,  if all the freeways at night had open gates allowing  free access for cows, pigs, sheep – dusk to dawn.  We have lots of pesky kangaroos outback!

Perth, Western Australia remains a rarity, it is one of a few major cities of the world to be so isolated from other cities and large towns.



Processes of Painting

I decided that my main goals were simplicity and to hint of the isolation that can be found within the areas of Western Australia.

Additionally I needed to ensure sufficient tonal value contrasts.


For my palette of colours,  I thought a dominant cool colour theme most appropriate. Also limiting my palette to just maybe 4 paints or so.

Next I decided to use the Pouring technique,  to best  describe the ocean and coastline the way I wanted it to be….zen in an amethyst abstract. 



Step One  was assemble the mixed paints in tubs, in the correct creamy pourable consistency.  Buff, Indigo, Indanthrone, Amethyst, Cobalt Violet.

Step Two … pouring sequence first was the buff mixed with a bit of white,  then alongside that was the Amethsyt, Cobalt Violet blend.   Indanthrone in a paler version was next.

Finally a mix of Indigo and Indanthrone  to just touch into the amethyst a smidgen and onto the painting far right side a little bit as well.

I gently,  lifted and tilted the heavy paper to help gravity make more pattern.  And, paused. I Stopped.  Even though  I wanted to ‘keep on going’ !




Abstracts,  have meaning and content. Sometimes,  you need to do a little treasure hunt to discover them though.


They really look better if there is harmony, balance and the minimum of those 3 main Tonal Values.


Abstracts don’t always need to have a focal point, but having one, certainly will help the beginner.


It is much more difficult to achieve a finely tuned abstract art painting, than it is to paint a good representational one.




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18 thoughts on “Abstract in Amethyst, Western Australia

    1. many thanks!! I’ve decided to realign my thinking this year… I’ll be a disciple of abstractions. In a variety of media. I’m really wanting to decrease the representational artworks that I do and Increase abstract art forms. Lots of people may not like this though!

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  1. Debi, your paint behaved beautifully when poured onto the paper. I can just imagine you tilting the paper to obtain just the right flow. Beautiful image of a coastal view. Thanks for putting travel in Australia in perspective 😊.

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    1. thanks Sharon! coming from the US, to Australia I had no idea of just how massive, and tough this ‘little island’ was.
      What I’d taken for granted before…was put into perspective. Travelling around, being one of them!!
      Glad you liked the post and the info Sharon 🙂

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  2. Deb, I love your explanation of how you did this painting and how to create abstract art in general. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and process of painting.

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