Capturing Color #2

digital painting, shack textures, purple and red palette,

Scarlet Red, Purple and Indigo Blue.  Lively….. And Lovely.

“That old shack has been  “re-colored,”  you know.  Its had work done on it. Mutton dressed up like lamb.  And,  Thats not natural!”

digital painting, shack textures, purple and red palette,
The Shack, geometric shapes (c) 2016  Debi Riley

If you missed Capturing Color #1 have a quick look.



Colors To Make You Dance!


Oh, Those colors!

Scarlet. Indigo blue. Purple.

They’re not all soft and dreamy.  No.

But they sure do make you  want to get up and dance.

I smile. And think of the mature, ladies wearing their RED hats and their Purple dresses.

I say,  ‘Go Get’em ladies!’



Colors Like a Lorikeet


With bright new colors;  colors like a Lorikeet.

Some days, I tell you, I’d like to do that to myself. A bit of lippy, some blush, a new pretty frock.

And don’t forget The Hat.


But I’d never be quite so bold  nor quite so loud with my clothes.

No. Not like a lovely Lorikeet.



I’ll have to think some more on that.

But-  you know,  I am an artist.   I could, quite possibly…. get away with it.

Purple, turquoise, indigo,  scarlet. And golden bronze.



Capturing Color  – The Shack


Back To Work.

The photograph of the shack has a pleasing design with its interesting shapes. And when you look close… the textural effects are really cool.     This,  is quite opposite of my Part #1 Capturing Color isn’t it?


I do love this old shack.

Its not just the colors.  The actual shack is rather drab in naples yellow, shredded and peeling.  Driving past it daily on the way to work, it intrigued me.

Wouldn’t let me go. Until I took its photo.


Its not natural.

Its been re-colored.

Its a really old photo, dressed up to look younger.

Its had WORK Done on it.


And what fun it was!





Geometric Shapes

The really exciting element here, is its geometric shapes.

Thats what actually drives the whole design.


If you look, you’ll see the square shape of the window. The circle on the pole.  Several triangular shapes.  There’s an oval in there too.

Vertical, Horizontal and Diagonal directional line movements create tension and balance as well.




Textures galore. Have a Look.

The overall ratio and balance of texture is great.    The roof and roughed up wood of the Indigo/Turquoise is sensational.




So,  Yes.  At first glance,  all we really see is   Color.

Colors that are jumping and dancing for our attention.

But what holds our eye is the good Design.




I’ve given it some thought.

I think for right now, I’ll just buy a scarf.

Indigo, Scarlet, Purple and Bronze colors can be captured that way.

Works for me,  today.




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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 and,

29 thoughts on “Capturing Color #2

    1. good morning Aquileana! thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed this!
      not sure if you guys there also, have the “Red Hat Ladies” – but it was the group I was referencing in the post. They’re older. But ‘dress up’ for a social outing, in red hats, purple dresses – and go out and have a ball! ……. I like it 🙂 Thanks, cheers and have a ‘Red Hat’ day! Debi


  1. I love old buildings. Especially the smaller ones. I love capturing them with my camera, and experiment, just like you did (brilliantly.) I also love dreaming about the possibilities of how you potentially could put them to use, remodel etc. I’m a big fan of tiny houses. I don’t live in one, but I can totally see myself doing that.

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    1. thanks Maria! thats interesting to learn you like buildings. I think my mind was on landscapes, people and horses 🙂
      These days – I’m starting to see how a small house has benefits over a bigger, too hard to keep up, place!
      lots of folks love buildings… but not me, not generally really. this one just was Different, I guess.

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      1. This one was different! I do like buildings, even though I don’t photograph them a lot. I actually dream about building my own house, one day 🙂 I live in a big house now, and I don’t like it. When I travel, or work on remote ranches I bring my RV, I love that simple life!


  2. I love how you “reframe” something and have us take a different look, a closer look at something that is considered mundane. You do know that there is a book out there entitled “When I am Old, I Shall wear Purple” I instantly thought of that.

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    1. thank you, for saying that Margaret. the name of the book, now ‘rings’ a bell, though I’ve never read or seen it. maybe I will. just go get me A Purple dress! lol

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  3. Yes, buy that gorgeous scarf!! I know it will suit your vibrant nature 🙂
    When I first saw this image, I loved it. Still do. As you say there are so many design elements within..and those vibrant colours – fantastic!! Your treatment grabs the viewers attention and it’s hard to turn away.
    Gotta say I love Eva’s comment about loosing the rules – might put that on the Studio wall too 😀
    Thanks so much for joining in with me this month Debi – unsurprisingly, it’s been a wonderful journey with you!! xx

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