Watercolor – 3 Faces of The Day

3 Faces of the Day.  Morning, Noon and Twilight.

These Watercolor flowers painted with morning, noon and night light – create such lovely and varied moods.

They each have their own inflections.


dawn light, watercolor flower, debi riley art
Dawn flower watercolor, debiriley.com


The Light of Day



Good Morning  (cool) Light.


Early  Dawn flowers    in mulberry, lilac and pearl white.

How different,  things appear in the early morning to us.

Cool light, combined with just a pinch of blurry eyes…. creates a wonderful wakeup call.




watercolor flowers in purples and reds, debi riley watercolor art
Flower at Midday, watercolors debiriley.com



The bright of day.

The flower’s contrasts are quite abrupt; the crimson, rose and plum colors abut the highlights with a sharper force than mornings or late afternoons.


Mid day  Light, is sharp, bold. And somewhat harsh.

Nearly, an unrelenting kind of light.







night flowers, watercolor painting, debi riley art techniques watercolor
Night Falls, Flowers, debiriley.com



Night falls and the background disintegrates into dark mushroom grey.

The flash of the camera catches the butter yellow petals,  but left so much looking very flat. I decided to work with that look, and not fight it.

It was what it was.





Watercolor,  3 faces of the Day –   A quick snapshot of how we see things at different times of the day.





Other watercolor, flower posts of interest:


cobalt teal blue watercolor –   A Glacial River,   verse and painting

Ohanapecosh River abstract painting, teal glacier water, debi riley watercolor art
Ohanapecosh River, teal glacier 


4th face of the day  – Midnight



roses in the morning  

morning rose delicate 


flower blossom watercolor 

Muses,  flowers 



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45 thoughts on “Watercolor – 3 Faces of The Day

  1. I like the first and the last best of all in colors and composition. The last one could be a nice silk cloth for a blouse, too. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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      1. dear Smiling Pilgrim, thank you very much for your thoughtful comments! I’m glad that you enjoyed the art and post today 🙂 cheers, Debi


    1. thanks! that was a lovely comment!! I’m quite happy you enjoyed these images. I agree, in these, the nature of (the faces of) Watercolor is quite apparent. 🙂
      Thank You, for a lovely comment – cheers, Debi

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    1. HI Michael, thank you very much! The night wc was a bit different for me, regarding backgrounds – but it seems to work, esp in light of the other 2 images. Thanks again, glad you enjoyed it! cheers, Debi

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    1. Many many thanks Jodi, that is very kind! Its great to hear your feedback and which one, draws your eye. Thanks! Have a great and sunny day!!! cheers, Debi

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  2. Dawn is my favorite as well. That noonday flower really shows us how bright the light can be at that time of day – perfectly captured! Love the way you describe and illustrate your work as you show us the images, Debi. ❤

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    1. Laura, thank you! I’m happy you liked the post and images- and there was some useful info too! Dawn, the early morning hours are a fav time with me. it probably shows in my paintings.
      Night, has never been a good time to paint; nor a favored theme of mine. but, it had to feature today 🙂 lol

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon, for your thought filled comments. You see the ebb and flow of the theme perfectly. wishing you a lovely summery day, Sharon – cheers, Debi


    1. hi Beth! Thank you so much for your comments!!
      It was a different look, perspective to the flowers 🙂
      midday was so fun, but I was naughty. Its on cartridge paper. and I know better. 😦 alas! it happens lol

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  3. Love all three and I especially appreciate you writing “it was what it was” that is a phenomenal statement because there is so much to learn and grow from understanding such a simple statement as that. Wabi-Sabi in a way, I believe. 🙂

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    1. ahhh! yes. W a b i S a b i.
      The phrase that can rejuvenate and quantum leap the artist’s skills and work. Wabi Sabi, is like my “Preciousss” as Laura would say!!
      thank you Margaret for a spot on analysis and getting to the heart of things. love how you think!! ((M))
      cheers, Debi

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  4. Beautiful website which I found after you followed me on Pinterest. I notice we have many similar interests if I judge by the boards we both have there. Your work is lovely. I am still a neophyte at all things art related. But I keep working at it.

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    1. hi Louise!! thank you so much! I appreciate your coming by, and the lovely comments! I had a fast dash to your place, love the your pot… will return for a longer Perusal. It looks great over there! 🙂


  5. Love this idea! I do see colors differently depending on the time of day, the weather and my mood. Have you read the book, “Local Color,” by Mimi Robinson? She talks about this idea in her book. Maybe you saw my post about it on my blog? Another awesome way to create a nature journal! 😊🎨🌿

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    1. hi Jill, Thank you so much! I’m happy that you really liked the post and the differing lights!!!
      I’ve seen Mimi’s book in brief, but, no… I don’t have it though.
      I did teach a program on Color Studies, back in the 90’s in Sydney, essentially helping people see blocks of color on location. People seemed to love doing it!
      I agree with you Jill, it would be super handy, to help create your nature journals 🙂
      btw, You have really leapt ahead with your paintings lately; your work has just gotten better and better with each painting !

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