Watercolor landscapes to stir the imagination, relax and zen.

Wonderfully colored skies, delicate shrouded marshlands.

And the tree that stands as a lone sentinel, lead my mind into delightful contemplative relaxation.

Watercolor Landscapes …..   Watercolor contemplations. 


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Sunrise, (c)  copyright 2016 debiriley.com




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Burnt Sienna landscape, (c) copyright 2016 debiriley.com







The Tree – Burnt Sienna monochrome

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Watercolor  (c) debiriley.com


The Sentinel in Contemplation


This last image of the Lone Tree Sentinel was created on Arches rough 100% cotton paper for the type of surface texture and finish I was looking for.   It also gives the color intensity and saturation that I personally,  really love.


This was a monochrome painting, created solely using Burnt Sienna PBr7 Daniel Smith brand.

I’ve done quite a bit of research testing and color mixing of 100’s of watercolor brands over the years and know what most of their assets and liabilities are.  Certain brands have some Fantastic colors and yet have some others that just don’t provide much….. ‘help.’

In other words, not just any burnt sienna will provide this rich, earthy deep color and tone.



Daniel Smith Watercolors

I’ve been using and recommending  Daniel Smith watercolors for over 25 years now;  so I’m fairly certain when I use DS  Burnt Sienna it will be PBr7 –

However,  I still,  read the labels!



The above Tree Sentinel painting in Daniel Smith Burnt Sienna was done some time ago. However, it remains, one of my personal favorites. I love the tree and the mood it evokes.





These watercolor paintings  gave me what I was looking for.

A peaceful, relaxing outing…….zen contemplations in watercolors.




For more  Serenity  and   ZEN –

Zen II  UnBounded!   

Zen IV  Natural ..Beauty

Zen  Simply, Zen   



Delicate and Soft,    watercolor suited this subject right to a perfect T!



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Nuances of Grey, Soft Tree Painting, (c)debiriley.com