Ways With Watercolor

debiriley at Society 6, white floral watercolor, debiriley.com

A wonderful thing about watercolors…. you can crop them to create seemingly miraculous recoveries!

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Floral White


I posted this Gordonia Watercolor painting some time ago, in its original format. But it has niggled at me. Annoyingly so.


Liking the freedom of the white flower, the blue and golden orange combo I was reluctant to ditch it.

I decided to alter it quite radically into a square format and I love it now!


debiriley at Society 6, white floral watercolor, debiriley.com
Society 6 debiriley


This painting is now available as canvas prints, cards, tote bags, pillows, and plus + at the shop I’ve started with:  debiriley at Society 6 


I have more….. WIPs   to go into the shop over the next several weeks;

including this color filled phone cover design from my  Monday’s Medley. 


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Iphone Design at Society 6



Why did the Square format work better? 

  • There were too many hard sharp edges leading Out of the picture, that needed elimination.
  • I had failed to soften my perimeter edges.
  • The green foliage and the blue vase were too over whelming for the prior design format.


With Watercolors, it is fairly easy to make format alterations after the fact.

Don’t forget that the Ways we can change the watercolor painting format include: Squares, Ovals, Circles, Panoramics, Long thin Verticals, Tryptychs, and other types as well.





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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 society6.com/debiriley and, redbubble.com/people/debijriley/shop

29 thoughts on “Ways With Watercolor

    1. thanks for that! I appreciate it 🙂 its wonderful what cropping can do!!
      my art sales …. always came from galleries and exhibitions – not this type of marketing, so I don’t ‘hold my breath’.
      I’m pretty realistic about it, it is a tool. 🙂


      1. I’m glad you’re realistic about online sales. Then, you would know one still has to do the hard yards on the ground! lol. Does Society6 offer you email marketing tools?

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      2. it may. to be honest, I look at this as a tool of exposure. It is simply, on my checklist. the whole idea of making tons of online money from these types of things – I’ve been around long enough not to fall for those promises. 🙂

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    1. thanks Cynthia…. WIP!
      I’m still trying to fine tune the processes, and its just a case of ‘learn as you go’ – We all want ‘BEST’….. like Right Now. being impatient is a horrible thing! lol

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    1. thanks Jodi, you are way too kind!! they are my start.
      ‘learn as I go’ is my motto!!
      but, I’m pleased that I jabbed myself enough to get a few onto the shop site…like they are no more ‘dithering about’ 🙂

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  1. Debi, the painting transferred to pillow is awesome. I just looked at your store, you have some beautiful images to choose from. I love how you cropped your painting.

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  2. Hello Debi !!.. Truthfully, I felt guilty for even ” Viewing ” .. ” the Great Masters of Art !” .. Online!? .. That was a year ago.. WOW , THINGS HAVE CHANGED on planet earth..(Well, I knew that full well because ( my Musical World .. ) has become Digital a long time ago!!.. I still prefer piano/ pencil/ and paper .. Real life Teaching, teachers and Artisans.. BUT glad to report, that My curiosity and love of the ARTS won out!!.lol..( . . I am zipping all over the place now, and look forward to WordPress daily Posts.. !!…Yey, CONGRATULATions on joining SOCIETY 6 !!.. ✍ I will comment Again 🎈.. WONDERFUL ARTWORKS !.. Goodnight From CANADA.. 🎶 Joanne Wighton

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    1. Thank you LL!! so at some point, I’ll probably need to spend more time figuring out what to do to have people ‘find’ me.


  3. Congratulations on your work with Society 6. Looks great on their website, which I have never visited before. Look forward to hearing how it all goes for you and whether or not it’s something I should be considering joining.

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    1. thank you. I do not hold my breath for making “lots of money” this way. It is just, an added option available.
      I opted out of Etsy, too labor intensive ATM. Plus I refuse to email my ID and passport info to them.

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