To Dream of Skies

To Dream of Skies…. we look up and wonder.

Indigo cloud storms darken the day for a little while; but we know the sun will indeed return.

Giving us sunrises of sweeping cerulean blue tinged with the palest of naples yellow low, on the horizon. Soft peach and apricot flickering delicately like wings upon the tips of the morning clouds.

moody sky photographs, Kalbarri travel photos, debiriley.com
Sky With Attitude, debiriley.com

 

indigo blue, naples yellow, cerulean blue, ocean coast painting, debiriley.com
Cerulean and Naples Yellow, Indigo

 

We look up, with wonder in our eyes.

The artist within yearns to capture, to convey, to express those colors painted in the sky and the deepest emotions they bring forth.

We try. We struggle.  We give it our best shot.

Sometimes…….. we come close.   Thats enough.

 

oil painting, sky clouds, dawns early light, debiriley.com
Dawn’s Light, oil painting

 

Our paintings rarely achieve the same quality of shimmering air and freshness.

The ‘aliveness’ of that very moment, beating in time with our hearts.   It has been done, but I’m still working on it.

unison pastels, landscape at dusk, mark making with pastels, debi riley art paintings, beginner drawing pastels, debiriley.com
Pastel Landscape at Dusk

 

 

wet in wet watercolour technique,skies, debiriley.com
Wet in Wet watercolor  – The Sky has wings

 

 

Sundown and Deep Shadows

 

 

watercolor landscapes Fir Trees, abstract painting, contemporary landscapes water media, debiriley.com
Fire in the Sky debi riley

 

 

Our photographs seldom convey  the human depths we feel and sense as we look up and wonder.

How can it, really?

 

The intangible. The inexpressible…..

where words fail, paints falter, and the camera is but a shallow reflection.

 

 

And still,

the artist looks up with wonder and tries once more.

 

Charcoal Skies, Australia

 

 

skies in black and white, photography with mood, debiriley.com
This, I can Feel

 

 

 

glorious Perth Wa sky photo debiriley.com
Glorious Perth Sky photo debiriley.com

 

 

Puget Sound, dusk debiriley.com
Naples Yellow on the Horizon,   debiriley.com

 

 

 

My WordPress friend at ancientskies has inspired this post today with his wonderfully textured writings that make me Think.  I always find them peace giving and heartfelt.    His writings were the Catalyst today.  Causing  me to divert from my planned article to go a different direction.

To write “To Dream of Skies.

 

I believe you too will enjoy his words, go and have a visit and a read.  ancientskies

 

acrylic abstract landscape, teal green, apricot peach skies, painting the sky, expressing mood in art, debiriley.com
To Dream of Skies, semi abstract acrylic painting

 

 

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33 comments

  1. Wonderfully written Debi. “the artist looks up with wonder and tries once more” was my favourite line. I thin that is all of us who have a passion in the creative arts. If we believe in our craft enough, we will always try one more time – one more try, one more chance to make something that we are proud of. Love your water colours and you must have been very patient with them 🙂

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    • hi Mabel! thank you very much! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and shared your thoughts; I appreciate it. We artists, tend to be persistent creatures. Always on the lookout for another way to ‘make it work this time!’ It is, one of the things I reinforce in class….. persevere.
      Be Stubborn!! 🙂

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    • thank you Deborah, the Dawn’s Light is a warm, soft and hopeful piece. Filled with lovely expectations. It does provide us with a sense of happiness! It was great fun and relaxing to paint.
      A couple of the others, well – are quite bold, moody and filled with drama – but we get that, with skies, at times. lol

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