Blue and Orange. Variations of these two colors draw my eyes wherever I look.  I have always loved this duet that sings so gracefully,  in harmony.

Perhaps, its another reason I’ve been so pulled to the land here in Australia. Those colors are present nearly everywhere.

I think, I feel,  they Are …. The Land.  The Spirit of the place.

color conveys mood, cobalt teal blue, oil abstract painting, debi riley art,
Cobalt Teal Oil Abstract, color to convey mood


Colors Are Emotion


Like I said, I have always loved this pairing – blue and orange. Complementary Pair.



I didn’t realise this,  until one day when I was about 8 and we were doing some kitchen remodeling.


My mother brought in dozens of samples for home wallpaper and set them in front of me. She wanted me to choose what I liked best!


Can you imagine…. an 8 year old kid,  being allowed to do that.  I was so pleased my mom valued my opinion as well as wanted to make me happy. This isn’t something I’d want to let my 8 year old have free rein on.


My Mother was either very brave or had a lot of trust in my judgement.


At any rate, it did not take me long at all.

Of course the colors chosen were  cobalt teal blue and a matching paler orange!   With, with some pale buff titanium.




The colors still have that same magnetic pull.


  • relaxing
  • energizing
  • summery
  • warm
  • happy
  • home
  • family
  • joy
  • its a beautiful feeling

This,  is what I’m trying to communicate many times when selecting those colors in combination for a painting.




Stamp of Individuality … a Voice Emerges

I call them ‘my colors’ as everyone in my family had their own special favorite colors.

This was mine.



My father loved rich burgundy red, my sister loved the pale wintery tones of silvery whites, my mother loved the fired up flames of the sky and the midnight blue serving as a backdrop for a shooting star.



I think it is the most wonderful thing….. to be an Individual.

To walk on your own path.

To go your own way and use your own special colors,  words,  clothes,  flowers,  ideas, decor.



We were always encouraged,  to always be individuals.    Unique and original.

Encouraged – To see the flames in the sky, the shooting stars, the iridescent greens in the beating wings of the humming birds.


All these are, indeed,  quite abstract.  When you truly look at them.   Amazing.






This is the first segment of part of a series I’m working on.

Featuring abstracts and oil paintings which I’ll be sharing in the  upcoming week.