Simply, Watercolors

simply watercolors, Autumn leaf,

The simplicity of watercolors beckons.


simply watercolors, Autumn leaf,
Simply Watercolors



one brush

The Rekab 320s #2  performs this task, this technique with exquisite finesse.



one color

Burnt Sienna, PBr7 creates the brilliance, the tonal nuances,  the clarity, the lack of mud that I delight in.



one skewer

The tip of a skewer to add, judiciously, if needed a few hints of veins here and there.



one short stroll

A mini wander around the local park, gathering my own easy to carry,  reference materials. Things that are tangible, things that have some personal meaning to me. Something, that allows me to impart a bit of spark and zing into the creation.


simply watercolors, found leaf,
Found Leaf

one single fluid heartfelt brushstroke

A single continuous stroke to complete the form.  One brushstroke,  from the heart to the mind; on through to the shoulder then hand,  to the brush all in one fluid, continuous extension of thought. Simplicity.  Not simple.


I don’t desire any bells and whistles.  Back to Nature, the calming feel of one good brush and a relaxing mood to convey. Zen. That’s all.

Simply, Watercolors




Watercolor Brushes,  Banish Boring Brushstrokes,  and  the page Watercolor Basic Tips  numerous helpful tips on papers, colors, techniques, mud, fiddling, etc.  you may find entertaining and enlightening.


Published by debiriley

The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

32 thoughts on “Simply, Watercolors

    1. This post, was really about ‘the brush.’ and a bit of zen.
      And, to hopefully – inspire and stir the imagination to what just one brushstroke may create.
      I love this brush. I feel its the brush more than me, that creates. I usually just ‘get in its way.’ Anyway, Thank You Jodi for your excited, and enthused swooning comment! cheers, Debi

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      1. Well – you certainly inspired me – I worked on brushstrokes a bit this evening 🙂 Still waiting for this wonderful brush though – it must be on a slow boat from Australia 🙂

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  1. Exactly what I was thinking when I laid my eyes on the leaf: ZEN, a total and absolute ZEN!!! And that is correct as well when you say is simplicity not simple, takes some serious practice and some years to master at such degree a brush stroke. The brush in your hands is an extension of your soul and mind and it is a most beautiful one. I could just look at that leave and connect to nature for hours, it transports my mind onto a different dimension where I feel peace and contentment. Brilliant work!

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    1. I just happened upon the leaf really… at my feet 🙂
      more credit goes to just – looking down at the right time!
      And Thank You, for a such a sweet lovely comment. Debi

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  2. simple things can be so beautiful, Debi. This painting has a very calm atmosphere as nothing around it is distracting the eye. Just wonderful. Cheers Mitza

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  3. Debi, I am in AWE of you! When I first saw this image, I thought it was a photograph and when I found it YOU painted it in ONE stroke, I just about fell off my chair! You are unbelievable!!! ❤

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    1. hi Amy, there were 2 images in the post…. 1 was a photo….’Found Leaf’ and 1 was a painting….the all white background, leaf only. you may have seen the photo?. at any rate,
      Thank you very much Amy, I appreciate your enthusiasm, and encouragements. Ebullience! it is wonderful 🙂

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      1. Ok! didn’t want to take credit for painting, what was a photo. 🙂 Well, the brush I use, is magic…. sort of. Rekab 320s is so sensitive that just by using firm to light, lifting up pressure creates this leaf. That is it.

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      2. No way! Sorry! IF that same brush was in my hands, could I even come close to what YOU created? Afraid not! No, Deb, it is because that brush was in YOUR hands that this leaf was created. Uh uh. I’m not letting you off the hook with this! 🙂

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