Water cool and inviting.  Tantalising.

Tumbling rapids,  still waters, wild seas frothing, tropical waters of paradise, meandering rivers and lovely lakes in reflection.

These beautiful blues and greens, and colors in between delight the eye and refresh the soul.

This week’s topic for  our class is “all things of water.”  We are working with the Blues and what better subject than Water!

The paintings and reference photographs demonstrate many of color’s wonderful pairings.  You’ve no doubt seen a few  of these images. But not, in a collection presented with a ‘partnering’ reference photo.

rock pools, watercolor painting, The cliffs, Ricks cafe, negril, debiriley.com
The Cliffs, Rick’s Cafe Negril watercolor  teal water warm rocks 


cobalt teal blue pg50, paints, ocean beach photo, debiriley.com
Cobalt Teal At The Beach,  warm red distant hills


Watercolor Blues


pairing 2

water reflections, acrylic painting, debiriley.com
water reflections  acrylics


river water reflections, photograph, debiriley.com
Pages River Reflections

Similar and United

Can you see similarities of mood, of colors, of depth between the painting and its fellow photograph?  No, Not so much a ‘duplication’  but a sense of  color unity or ‘kinship’ perhaps. They ‘belong’ to each other.

pairing 3

cobalt blue teal pb50 debiriley.com
Which  Blues?!  cobalt, ultramarine, cobalt teal blue


Ocean ultramarine blue, cobalt teal, debiriley.com
Oceana in Cobalt Teal Blue and Ultramarine    and Cobalt


Prussian blue teal abstract watercolor painting, debiriley.com
Prussian, Teal and gold waters


blue lake painting, acrylic abstract landscape, acrylic textures, debi riley
Acrylic Blue Lake- cobalt prussian blend, shimmers of teal



pairings 4

River, watercolor landscape in limited palette, naples yellow, perylene green, beginner art lessons, debiriley.com
River of Jade and topaz plains


Version 2
Jade and emerald, topaz highlights

Colors at Play

Isn’t easy…. to get immersed within the loveliness of colors at play?

When I snapped these photos, that is how I felt. Lost within the gorgeous colors and patterns – amazed.

I really wasn’t ‘looking at the Big Picture.’  But rather the intricacies that lay right at my feet.


golden fluid acrylics, matisse flow, acrylic techniques, debiriley.com
Sea Foam………      Golden Matisse Fluid Flow Acrylics



pairings 5

Autumn Landscape prussian blue pb27, debiriley.com
Autumn glow    prussian mixed with quinacridone gold, burnt sienna mixed media on textured board debiriley.com


autumn reed reflections photo debiriley.com
Autumn Reed Reflections debiriley.com


autumn color, framed watercolor pastel print, impressionist landscape, autumn color
Autumn Colored, at debijriley Redbubble.com



Summer impressionist watercolor landscape painting, debiriley.com
Summer colours



other paintings of water……

Version 2



shizen, zen, nature beauty, watercolour waterfall debiriley.com
Nature’s Waterfall   watercolors




watercolor contemporary landscape, cobalt teal blue pg50, abstract watercolor landscape, debiriley.com
Magical Mists watercolor landscape debi riley




watercolor blues, tropical ocean colors, cerulean, cobalt, teal, color mixes, debiriley.com
Bright Blues, debiriley.com (c) Indigo, teal, ultramarine/cobalt, pale prussian blue 



Watercolor Blues 

Color can lift your mood and energize; it can soothe and refresh.

Each Blue,  has a different and unique mood, or ‘feeling’ to it that you can employ in your paintings as you choose.


Cobalt teal 






Watercolor Basics