3 Leaves of Watercolor Inspiration

Fallen Leaves, #worldwatercolormonth, debiriley.com,

From forests to small intimate touches in the landscape….I see Leaves as reflections of the mood of the landscape.  #worldwatercolormonth


3 Ways With Watercolor Leaves

Each of my  3 Leaves are uniquely different from one another….. Because I enjoy Different.  I like going my own way.   But,  you knew that!


long vertical gum leaf watercolor botanical painting, debiriley.com, #worldwatercolormonth
Long Eucalyptus Leaf, watercolor


Turning Over a Creative Leaf – BE  Different 

Many years ago, I took my portfolio into a certain gallery for review. As I’d wanted  to exhibit there.

They loved the paintings.    But, I didn’t get chosen to exhibit at that gallery.


The gallery needed  “trend followers”  and   “a production of paintings of the same subject/style/view.”

I can not do either of those things.

I  Need to  Create,  from within myself.   and,  To be Inspired from my local surroundings.



If,  you too did not get chosen,  ask them why. Nicely.

And reflect.  (at home, once the disappointment wears off.)    Go over the key art basics, to see if any can be improved.

But, if  they just wanted ‘trend followers and production line work’…. I wouldn’t give it a second thought.

Keep looking. You will find the perfect gallery for your creativity!

(Its not really  “Rejection” you know.  Its only an “Imperfect Fit.”)





The Watercolor  Gum   Leaf         

This Botanical styled gum leaf, in a long vertical isn’t very showy.   But it conveys the feel, the essence of the long eucalyptus leaves that grow in the bushland nearby my home.

The grey green and brown are dulled to a near grey, this time of year.



Fallen Leaves

Wow!  I really changed it up with this Bright and lovely abstract piece with its cobalt teal blue and quinacridone sienna.

I think it illustrates how even once fallen upon the ground, fallen leaves can still glimmer and shine for just a bit longer.

It has an underlying watercolor foundation, with some mixed media added on top finishing it off.

Fallen Leaves, #worldwatercolormonth, debiriley.com,
Fallen Leaves, watercolor/mixed media



From My Garden Geranium

Dipping my Rekab 320s brush into Prussian Blue watercolor,  I ‘drew’  the lines.

simple, fast and loose

nice and curvy.    plenty of boo-boos,  but  really,  they don’t matter that much do they!

flower leaves watercolor drawing in blue, debiriley.com
Flower Leaves in Blue, debiriley.com


I’m happy that you came along to see my 3 Leaves of Watercolor Inspiration!   



This is a prescheduled post, as I’m  temporarily on   R and R.     Thanks, Debi




Suggested Partner Posts:

Simply,  Watercolors   a leaf

Watercolor Brushes,  Rekab 320s

Green Leaves   Impressionist Watercolors!


A Post I would highly  recommend for artists to read:

writing on the wall…. sharonlyn.com  

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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

27 thoughts on “3 Leaves of Watercolor Inspiration

  1. Love them all especially the garden geranium; so free but no boo boos that I can see. Keep going your own way and we will follow 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your R & R

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    1. thank you Andrew, appreciate that. 🙂 its R & R of the bedrest kind… should be up and at ’em soon though.
      loved your Smibert work you’ve been doing, stunning!!! great work.

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  2. Beautiful and thoughtful post Debi, I really liked the referring post ‘Writing on the Wall’ so much to digest! Fitting the correct place for one’s art is worth the search, fitting the peg to suit you and your art, not the other way around. 🙂 Enjoy your R & R!

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    1. thank you M; she said a mouthful. 🙂 I’m on bedrest atm, due to nasty viral bronchitis. If I missed, some of your posts, sorry, was a bit out of things.

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      1. oh oh! no worries, you haven’t missed any and what is important is that you get well! our health is second to none and then art comes in somewhere, but you have to have that health tip top shape. 🙂


    1. thank you Susan!! Honestly, I see more Uniquely gifted artists get too discouraged – because, their ‘Flavor’ of creativity did not match Someone else’s. I want us ALL To Create!! 🙂

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      1. Totally agree. Being unique and creative is not something to be discouraged. That being said it’s hard to stay positive. A little encouragement goes a long way. Thank goodness for the support system we all share.


  3. Your art is fantastic. But, trend followers, eh? Art seems to be going that way.
    One of my absolute favourite groups is Pink Floyd. to me, they created music from within. That is the way to go


  4. I like the first two best of all, specially the first, because it’s so simple and so beautiful in simplicity. The colors of the second are very appealing, too. Have a nice teal-blue-day, cheers Mitza

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  5. What light through yonder window breaks? It is CBT in a bed of … micaceous iron oxide? Or some other glittering beauty! Totally love! I hope that you are catching up with a good book while you are feeling under the weather. I fall asleep with Audible books in my ear half the time, wonderful way to enjoy those beddish moments! ((((((((3d)))))))) Please don’t worry about keeping up with us; your health is much more important. Rest well and we’ll keep you surrounded with prayer and Gollum at the door for protection! 😀😎💐

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  6. Rest up during you recovery, Debi, thank you for sharing your disappoints and triumphs. Your beautiful art is always accepted with open arms and hearts here.

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