Watercolor Abstract: Flames of a Flower

colorful abstract contemporary watercolor, flower in flames, debi riley art

Flames of a Flower.  Brilliant. Colorful. Unrestrained. Watercolors. Want more?……

colorful abstract contemporary watercolor, flower in flames, debi riley art
Flames of a Flower debiriley.com


Flower Flames Design

Bright red scarlet.

Scorching heat reaching upwards and beyond.

Just a hint of cobalt teal blue to accent in the corner.


flames burst into petals, watercolor flower abstract,
Flaming Burst of Petals debiriley.com



Watercolor Abstract

Yesterday’s cactus blooms with their wonderful flame shapes stirred my imagination.  Leading to the creation of this colorful watercolor abstract.



The flower petals could become…..

chrysanthemums,  Christmas cactus, dahlias,  synthetic dyed sunflowers or many others.

I felt that in this case, today,   they wanted to be unconfined.

  • Unlined.
  • Unconstrained.
  • No boundaries.
  • Melting.  Merging.   Soft edges.



contemporary abstract watercolors, red flames, debi riley art
A New View



3 Views of the Same Painting

These  3  Views of the same subject, the same painting,  provides an interesting selection.

I nearly always rotate and ‘virtually’  crop all paintings.

It reveals so many new perspectives to the scene or subject that my first glance, my first thoughts didn’t even register.

I included these, in order for you to get an idea of my process. And to choose for yourself which version you prefer.





Today’s  paintings and post was Inspired by  12 Significant Photographs   from yesterday.

hot pink cactus bloom photograph, debi riley art photo
Hot Pink Cactus Today debi riley photograph




This photograph is a  Tropical ‘twist’  using the cactus blooms and their flame like petals in a vibrant Hawaiian approach.

Making me think …. of  yummy luas !

fire petals of a flower, abstract digital art painting, debi riley
Fire petals debiriley.com



Watercolor Abstract, Flames of a Flower was a fun and bold painting.  Inspired by the photographs taken yesterday.  Influenced.

Or as a lovely art friend once said,  “lightly salted with yesterday’s memories.”



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52 thoughts on “Watercolor Abstract: Flames of a Flower

  1. I had a big smile on my face as I scrolled down the page. When I looked at your paintings I thought they looked like cactus flowers. Then there were the photos. You did a great job! Beautiful colours and you got the feeling, the action, the shape, the character of the cactus flower.

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    1. wow, thanks!! I’m glad these made you Smile!! thats what I wanted.
      That, plus to get the shape and color.
      Yet to also create an ambiguity ….. that would allow each viewer the discretion to see what they wished! I love that about art/painting 🙂

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  2. Oh you are killing me! I love these paintings and your photos….I am a color addict and always will be. I have to admit I love the first one the most and the other two sure are competing for my favorite. Ah the third one is my second most favorite. Lovely, looking at them made my peepers go pop! I have to now settle down, whew…..lol Isn’t color wonderful and in watercolor, no less! I am a Debi fan and I now need a t-shirt. lol!

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    1. Nico, I’m glad you enjoyed these flower flames in red. Not all the time, would I be inclined to paint such a hot color palette. Just today it seemed to be right. I think it told me so!! shouted a bit, it did! lol Thanks again Nico. peace and cheers, Debi

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  3. Wow! Hard to pick a favorite! Maybe the last. CBT is more of a star in that composition. Woo, flaming hot, this could melt snow in Alaska, Debi! Love that you’ve shown the three different views! Really gives us completely different perspectives. Summer shines! 💛

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    1. thanks LL!! those 3 views, showcase how changing just a little …something totally alters a thing. I love that 🙂 I also LOVED your funny comment, “could melt snow in Alaska” !

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    1. Thank you – very much!! definitely a great way to wind up the evening with that fantastic comment. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed the fire! cheers, Debi

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      1. So interesting that you’re winding up your day over there while we’re just getting up and getting our morning started. Have a good rest. We’ll be spending the day at the botanical gardens. I’m looking forward to it.

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    1. thanks! they are a bit on the hot side; normally -here- I wouldn’t use them too much. But its late autumn. Much cooler now. PTL!! (praise the Lord)

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    1. Jodi, thank you!!!!!!!!! that is an awesome comment – I appreciate it! and I’m tickled, that you do love it Hotness and all 🙂 cheers, Debi


    1. how awesome is that! thank you Sharon, for sharing that with me!! I’m going to head to your place to see whats new…….. 🙂 hope you had a great weekend! cheers, Debi


  4. wonderful paintings and photos. I would prefer the 3rd one. I like that you took some yellow in it. It reminds me of some tulips we have in our garden, cheers Mitza

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    1. thank you Mitza! the 3rd is a little less sharp, tamed. bit. I’m glad your garden is coming along – with some sun. No more of that nasty ice, snow, freezing stuff!! 🙂

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      1. No, no more freezing, but thunder and lightning instead and heavy rain. Sigh. I took a ride with my bike today and was attacked by some ravens. It was really frightening like Hitchcock

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      2. No, fortunately not, just very scared and I had to go there on my way back again, but then the birds were somewhere else. Some days ago I was threatened by a very aggressive woman who stepped into my way and tried to push me from the bike with her elbow. I guess bicycling is the most dangerous thing in the world, hehe

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    1. Hi Nancie! you’re welcome and I would Love to See your silk paintings!! silk is so lovely with all those soft edges …. just delightful. let us See!!! 🙂 cheers, Debi

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