A Quick Splash of Paint

splash of cobalt paint, abstract painting, debiriley.com

Cobalt teal blue splashes onto the paper in my efforts for a cooler, refreshing ambience.

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Summer Heat

The palette knife loaded with Acrylic paint slides on the wet paper in a brief fleeting kiss. Perfect for creating smooth applications of color in my abstract painting today.

More palette knife posts are The Delightful Palette Knife and  Watercolour with Knife and  my page …   Watercolor Basic Tips has plenty of great new information on color, tone, mixing and techniques.

 

Scarlet red orange symbolises the summer’s heat wave.

The cobalt teal blue, a wonderful cooling oasis… all in my imagination of course.

 

As many of you know now,  cobalt teal blue pg50 has been making a fairly consistent appearance in my paintings lately.

Its such a great Cooling color to splash around the canvas or the paper, I can’t resist the beguiling cobalt teal.

 

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Splash of Cobalt Teal Oasis

 

One final thought….   Even though I went a bit  Color Happy,   have a very close look at the tonal values in these.

 

Check,  to see if you can clearly see my Light (near white) tones;  my Mid Tones;  and my Deep Darks (near/Black)  tones.

 

With Abstract Art – its even more important, to get all those tones very clear and not muddled up.

 

 

 

 

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70 Comments

  1. The colours and angles have a real dynamism about them – the horizontal shapes conveying calmness, whereas the top picture with more vertical shapes is energetic and stirring. Lovely! 🙂

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    1. thank you Patricia! What a thoughtful, and spot on comment, you’ve said it exactly! Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback – I always like to hear what you’re thinking about the posts. 🙂 Cheers, Debi

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    1. Jodi…. where, would I be – without your SWOONING ? I can now rate/gauge my posts, simply by … no swoon, lower case swoon, swoon in Caps, swoon with exclamation, and double swoons.
      yes, this is my new rating system. amazing how famous You’ll be when word gets out, that you invented the ‘Swoon Poll Rating’ Method, Jodi.

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      1. I know, its a super great system you created! and gosh, you MUST be honest, straight from the heart…ya’ know what I mean!! how else can I gauge the post???
        besides, I only get snarly when I don’t have my AM coffee. LOL

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    1. thanks Laura! hopefully, the 100 – 110 degree days are done. We’ll have more 95 but just til mid March. Then… rubbing my hands with glee – cool down! 80’s here we come. ahhh. 75 is better, but beggars can’t be choosers my grandmother used to say. hehe

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      1. you and me both, “I’m Melting!” as we ooze into pools of goo. chocolate sounds better. YUM. guess, not for breakfast though. What temps at your place lately? I always looked for March, when I lived in Seattle area. It meant Spring was soon coming.

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      2. no. not the american kind. we have 2 fan units in 2 rooms is all, so it does nothing for the main house. Hence, I’m a bit sluggish in summer. 🙂
        Next house, will have American AC. we were told “Perth doesn’t need it, with the cool breezes coming thru and ‘Dry’ heat” what a crock. of saurkraut.

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    1. thank you, that is a lovely comment!
      yes, I’m a big Fan, of clean pure colors…. doesn’t always work, but I do give it a shot 🙂

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    1. when its autumn here, spring there – temps will be closer together… being in Perth, has made me choose Autumn as my fav time. Glad you liked the colors, that red orange is a bit stroppy (loud/ in the face) rough. But, that is how I feel about this heat!
      Thanks Mitza, have a great weekend!

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      1. I wonder how autumn is in Oz. I have no idea about it. Would be nice if we already had spring, but we still have winter, it snowed this morning and afterwards rained all day long, but I had to go outside twice for biking (sh..t). Sent you the recipes again yesterday. My email name starts with a. Take a look, kind regards Mitza

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      2. will do again… and your winter is a bit rougher than SEattle winters were. but, cold, wet, grey, dreary. and Long. very long. Autumn here, is like … Seattle Summer! very pleasant to warm. but, here its Mostly – SUN.

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      3. okay, Sydney, sorry to all Ozzies, Sidney maybe is a male name? Maybe my subconsciousness has outwitted me. It’s a real pity that I cannot write a mail to you, Debi 😦

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  2. I do love that teal blue! But what caught my eye was the “black” thin stripe running down through the blue. When you turn the painting to be horizontal, I see a cormorant and another waterfowl-type (the reddish one) swimming along. Very lovely colours and a picture that invites the imagination to go exploring. I would proudly hang that in my living room if I owned it.

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    1. You have a Great Eye!! I love your imagination and seeing into the image. That is the enchanting part of art, esp. the abstractions… is inviting others to engage. Cool.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, feedback and compliments!
      when I get my shop up…. later, I may include this image perhaps the original or as a print.
      Thanks Again, Cheers, Debi

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  3. WOWZA! Love these colors together! I also like that you mentioned tonal values – yes, this does make your work SING – sometimes it is difficult knowing when to stop – but you did it perfectly here!

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  4. Quick splash you might say but I love the dynamics on both paintings, they appear to have a purposeful, continuous movement, a conscious direction and the colors you choose perfectly reinforce the direction. But then again abstracts are always opened to discussion and I love that!
    Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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