To Dream of Skies

acrylic abstract landscape, teal green, apricot peach skies, painting the sky, expressing mood in art,

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,
Sky With Attitude,


indigo blue, naples yellow, cerulean blue, ocean coast painting,
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,
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.

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Pastel Landscape at Dusk



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



Sundown and Deep Shadows



watercolor landscapes Fir Trees, abstract painting, contemporary landscapes water media,
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,
This, I can Feel




glorious Perth Wa sky photo
Glorious Perth Sky photo



Puget Sound, dusk
Naples Yellow on the Horizon,




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,
To Dream of Skies, semi abstract acrylic painting



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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,

33 thoughts on “To Dream of Skies

  1. Wow! Amazing paintings Debi! I especially love Dawns Light. And thank you for your very kind words! I am humbled and very blessed. Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

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    1. hi Nia, thank you. Yes I can imagine you do look up, and watch the colors dance ! hoping you are well, and Spring to come your way soon 🙂 hugs, Debi

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      1. I used to despise the grey rain of Seattle, all the time! so I can empathize with you Nia 🙂 but in just a few weeks 2-3 Spring will peek out, at last. hugs, Debi

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  2. 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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    1. 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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    1. Anyushka, I think you just expressed the essence of this so perfectly with….. “they are my Glimpses of freedom.” That is the feeling indeed. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! cheers, Debi

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    1. 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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  3. An inspiring post Debi – love your sky paintings, colors used and background behind the images. You are edging me closer to painting with color again.

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    1. thank you so much Mary. you’ll know inside when its Time, to go color. there is a skill, a talent, a gift, for being able to use BW and the nuances of tone and that is extremely Valuable! imo so keep with your graphite and charcoal til, you’re ‘done!

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