Lakes, Rivers, Oceans

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 

Prussian 

Ultramarine 

Cerulean 

Indigo 

 

Watercolor Basics  

 

 

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26 comments

    • thanks Anneli! …. its March so spring is just ‘right there’…. daffodils or crocus yet? forsythia? it is a countdown now for you. I remember 🙂 though i wasn’t keen on the gloomy rain, i confess!

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  1. So gorgeous! some of these I have never seen, I can’t choose which ones are my favorites except that I know which ones that really got my attention and that was Oceana and Sea Foam, to start! lol lovely post and it inspires me to want to paint! Sundays I rest and I was a good girl today, I didn’t paint but now I want to paint. lol

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    • I forget, I have over 500 images stored now…. and not everyone has seen them all. (tho, some are best left in the past!!) lol
      I’ve shared a stunning group of landscape photos from Andrew Seal this time… boy. the colors make the hand itch!!
      but, I am resting today. for real! 🙂 take care, YRF

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    • thank you Andrew.
      Yes. the transformations and evolutions of a thing, are intriguing. It takes awhile really, for students to open up to that idea. But its always, in my mind as I steer the path in that direction…. ever So slowly. Tomorrow, they’ll be Referred to the post for a few pointers.

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  2. When I was in college I took an introductory geology class as an elective. It was fascinating and one piece of information stayed with me.
    Rocks, each has a color, and a scratch color. The scratch color is the color inside the groove made with a sharp object. The most fascinating were some color/scratch-color so unlikely combinations. They were always so beautiful. One of them was the Cobalt-Blue/Teal combination but I forgot the rock. Our professor said that artists love to work with these color combinations.

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