Oceans of Turquoise and Cobalt Teal

ocean painting in acrylic, turquoise, cobalt teal, debiriley.com

Seductive, addictive cobalt teal blue. A blend of turquoise and cobalt teal blue reach out in invitation. Preceding layers of acrylic paint are seen beneath the surface, creating an illusion of depth in the turquoise shallows. Making me feel like I could easily walk right into liquid bliss.

ocean painting in acrylic, turquoise, cobalt teal, debiriley.com
Ocean Turquoise Cobalt Teal


Ocean Waters of Cobalt Teal


In both acrylic paintings I’ve used cobalt teal blue pg50,   indigo,  white, azo yello,  phalo turquoise,  in varying ratios.



Beneath the waters, lie colour filled shapes and sea forms that dance upon the currents. Also created using acrylics and featuring cobalt teal and turquoise, but done with the DIY gelli plate printing technique.   

sea forms, cobalt teal blue, debiriley.com
Sea Forms in Cobalt Teal

The gelli plate Printmaking method is a fairly easy and fast technique that creates multitudes of results which can be used in a vast number of ways.  This technique will feature in my Atwell Gallery upcoming Term 1 course,  The Excitement of Art.    



Colour and Movement as a Catalyst

In both artworks,    I am deliberately using Color,    to  evoke mood, feelings and cause a response in the viewer.

In both paintings,  I’m also making the choice, to use directional movements – for a purpose.

The first image is very much horizontally dominant.

Why?  Because I wanted to cause the viewer to have a sense of rest and calmness.  Peace.

I chose the rectangular upright framing in order to help the viewer feel like they were being ‘invited in.’


The second image is  horizontally  framed to evoke peacefullness, serenity, calm.   The curvature of forms, and languid movements create a sensation of a lovely slow dance, a swaying in time to music, gently.






Control and direct.

You, the artist,  are like the traffic police at the intersection;  you signal where the people are meant to look and go.

So now you can see, that by your purposeful or ….’automatic’   selections of design elements,     you direct  what the viewer ‘sees and feels’  to a very large degree!





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41 thoughts on “Oceans of Turquoise and Cobalt Teal

    1. seriously, I’m starting to think we are all just a bit addicted to this cobalt teal!! 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying my cobalt teal run Nico! Thank you … again. peace, blessings, restfulness

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      1. Debi, I can’t stop! If I’m sitting down, I’m drawing, and usually a face.

        I’m really glad you’re enjoying my work because I always enjoy yours! It feels to me as though nothing is ever off the table when you sit down to create something. It’s like a breath of fresh air every time!

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      2. a creative energy, that must be released! go for it Laura!! thanking you for your comment too 🙂 hopefully I won’t get too many that aren’t ‘fresh air’…LOL

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      3. Here? Never! Always fresh and exciting and inspirational, a triple bonus! I want to thank you most sincerely for your words of encouragement, Debi. I truly feel that this art journey is something I’m meant to do because suddenly I can draw when I tried for four years in high school and couldn’t. And you were definitely meant for this artistic pursuit, as is most evident from your good work here. Thanks for shining your light, my friend. 💜

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      4. Thanks! I’m so glad you’re passing it on! :)))

        They are emojis that I can choose on the iPhone and iPad keyboards, but when I’m on PC I can get a red heart by typing the less than sign right next to the number 3. Colors other than red are available from the devices only, as far as I know. My daughter is hooked on emojis! If I click the smile key on my device keyboard, there are a whole slew of them there!

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  1. Oh these colors – the textures – stop it! You are making me want to do acrylic and I want to master watercolor – LOL! The first piece is so dreamy that I too want to walk right into it! FABULOUS!!!!

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      1. arches, saunders are both good Hot Press. dampened…not sloppy, not dry and slide the knife across like ‘ice skating’ skimming across the surface

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      2. yes, ol’ momma hen here, LOL if you want some extra tips, email me.
        there is a right – wrong side to hot press. look for the watermark! paint on that side.

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      3. oh my! so glad you asked!!!
        palette knife pk 1008 have a search in my posts and you’ll see the image I’m sure! the 25 other types (i own) are crummy and useless. but this one, is a magic one! 🙂

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      4. Oh be still my heart – I just found the post on “The Delightful Palette Knife” and what you created!!!!! WOWZA! I see the 1008 is for right-handed 😦 I am left-handed. Do you know what the model number is for that and do you have a recommendation for where I should order it? Thanks SO MUCH Debi! Can’t wait to try !!!

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  2. how wonderful, this cobalt blue, which reminds me of some beaches in Greece and reminds me of the sun and warmth we don’t have here right now. Beautiful, Debi, cheers Mitza

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      1. warmth, strolling along the soft sands….. on a PLEASANT day!
        not too blistering Hot, not frigid, not wind belting the sand like glass shards. hmmm, That’s not too much to ask for is it? LOL

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