Rising Deep

mixed media on board, rich colors, scarlet and indigo, debiriley.com

Rising Deep.

Halloween nears.  And the things beneath begin to move.


mixed media on board, rich colors, scarlet and indigo, debiriley.com



An Abstract

Hints of earth are here, within this painting.

They’re suggested.

Horizontal bands and colors, allude to an earth landscape theme.

Its not spelled out.

With sediments and rock layerings stretched across the horizon, the colors rise.

From… the deep.





A Low Key painting

Low Key. Meaning it has a dominance of dark and mid tones; less light tones.  High Key is the opposite, with a dominance of light tones, creating a sense of air and space and room.

Low Key typically creates the atmosphere of deep, dark, intensity. Maybe ominous, foreboding.  Powerful,  dramatic, intense.  Contained, Closed in.


In my painting, I provided all that Intensity  an ‘Out.’

I created a ‘vent.’

A pathway for the intensity to escape, to rise to the surface, rather than being contained.





Deep Color Palette

The color choices I used were deep and intense. Strong.

Red Scarlet and  Prussian Blue. They both tie in well to an earth theme and have a mysterious depth to them that, in combination, that I liked.

This mysterious depth… seemed to suit the mood, the time  – the season.


Mixed Media 

I used acrylics on a primed, sanded smooth wood board. The board actual size is 6 x 18″ providing a very long vertical drop.  The board was tilted, nearly all the time, while I was painting.  This helped with gravity. Making things rise, and fall.


This is the fun part of art, to be active with the paper, canvas.

Tipping, angling, tilting.

Allowing the paints to rise and sink and merge. Melding together in their own unique creative ways.


To be honest…. it is simply…..for this love of the Process, that I continue to paint.






In a sense, this ‘suggested and inferred’  approach I’ve used is  akin to the ancient Japanese form of art,  “Yugen.”


art that is mysterious, deep, hinted at, not stated directly.

Art that has  power to evoke.




Reading the book,    Japanese Aesthetics and Culture,   by Nancy G. Hume   I came across some wonderful references to Yugen.   And to the wonderful,  Yoshido Kenko.


Yoshido Kenko 1283-1350  wrote this relating to  ‘Yugen’….


“Are we only to look at flowers  in full bloom,  at the moon  when it is clear?

Nay, to look out on the rain and long for the moon, to draw the blinds and not be aware of the passing of the spring – these,  arouse even deeper feelings.

There is much to be seen in young boughs about to flower, in gardens strewn with withered blossoms…..

They must be perverse indeed who will say “this branch, this bough is withered, now there is nought to see.”






6 handpicked posts  –

for those of you, who might be,   interested in more…..



Prussian Blue   oil abstract, One Drop – at a time

Prussian Blue    autumn landscapes

Scarlet Red    inferno  oil

Beautiful Findings….   A lovely post on yugen, and the elegance of wabi sabi

Abstracts a definition       explaining in brief, the art of the abstract

If, It Can Be Imagined      open the doors to your creativity








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18 thoughts on “Rising Deep

  1. Your posts and paintings evoke so much of my imagination and inspires me to no end. Painting towards a simple suggestion takes being sensitive and not rushing the process but rather being in a meditative mood. We want to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and bring in oodles of detail and call that a painting, the western perception of art. I love where you have been going with your posts lately, they are spiritual in a sense.

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    1. right on Margaret! yes. I do feel, art creation is spirit given. not religious in the old school, negative framing. but in a joyous light filled, creative way. so, you’re very perceptive in this. to be spiritual one needs to be ‘sensitive’ and not rush. good words, M. 🙂

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    1. good morning! thank you for such a wonderful comment!!
      I’m glad that you found it so enjoyable. its a little on the darker, intense side – but, it is close to halloween. lol Thanks!
      Cheers, Debi


    1. hi Mitza, hope you are well and biking away! thank you for commenting and on noting the Halloween theme… which I’ve got a couple more coming. hehehe

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    1. hi Laura, thanks! thank you for your comment – glad you like this.
      the ipad didn’t quite get the shot.. but, close. I’m ‘practicing’ using the ipad for photos alot, trying to get up to speed.lol

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      1. try the ipad pro…. and see if its any better. I stick it on the app pro camera and take the photo. most are ok. NOT like my canon…but ok. it might be that its too bulky for you though? that doesn’t seem to bother me if i just take a few shots.

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  2. wonderfully dark and broody suggesting journeying into the deepest layers of the earth. Will that deep-seated volcanic cauldron of red lava explode I wonder?

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  3. Wonderful interpretation of the title or is the title which interprets the painting, I wonder which came first, in any case is an outflow, burst of a deeper meaning, as you said the things beneath start to move. Love the effect, you went from “hot” up to “cool” it really shows the dynamics of the movement of bursting, “Rising”.

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