What, might be the Benefits of looking at Abstract paintings?  At creating them?

Frees the mind.

Unlocks previously locked doors and boundaries.

Opens new vistas and new creative ideas.

Relaxes the mind in a calm, meditative yet alert fashion.

Quiets the ‘negative, critical’ voice.

Allows –  the encouraging and positive.  to come forth.

A Positive mindset sets the stage for inventiveness

For playful creativity, for learning from each and every brush stroke

– whether they be “Award winning, Acclaimed” or not.

Abstract forms of art help us in our pursuit of harmony.

In our pursuit of joy, contentedness, self fulfilment,

Abstractions create a needed …. balance within us.





Daniel Smith watercolor quinacridone sienna, burnt umber, watercolor abstracts, debiriley.com
watercolors: Earth Colors harmony and abstracts



Abstract Harmony and Balance


Abstract art requires all the regular art core basics of tonal values, correct edges, warm and cool temperatures, texture and detail in the right locations, etc.

So, in a way – I would have to say that to create a pleasing work of art in abstract ….. is much harder.

Its also much more fun!



Watercolor Technique

For the “Featured Abstract”   Above,    this was painted on dry paper.  I used Hot Press Paper Arches 90lb (the lightest weight.)

I combined  several watercolor techniques.   

The mingling of colors was created with charging them together whilst still wet.

The texture was a Splatter technique. And for 50% of the piece I poured, my paint onto the paper.


The Paints

The Paints,  just  the 3.

Three colors in The Earth Color palette.

Quinacridone Sienna, Daniel Smith watercolors;  Burnt Umber; and Raw Sienna.

3 colors.  3 definite tonal values, at the very minimum.

I used a Limited Palette, which provides the most opportunity for harmony, for greater depth, for better tonal values.




Gateways Created With Abstract Art

Gateways open, we Choose   to enter.


Artists travel along pathways,  as each….. unfold to us.


Leading us.

Around each New exciting bend and corner.



Wall art Debiriley Society6.com
coral pink collage debiriley.com


From collage, to brushstroke….



Zen Unbounded, wabi sabi, debiriley.com



inspiring color, abstracting photographs, debiriley.com
Inspire Me



Blue Waters Inspires, photo art, debiriley.com
Blue Waters


To magenta wine reflections.

digital painting in red wine colors, with purple reflections, debi riley art


green bowl, Chihuly bowl, color, debiriley.com
Chihuly Bowl in Greens



a child's eye, quail egg drawing in color, debiriley.com
Quail Eggs by Ryan


To Pastel pencil quail eggs to  acrylics sculptural molding paste effects.


quail egg photograph, still life photography leaves, debiriley.com
Egg, Foil, Leaves –  Abstract shapes and Patterns abound



reflections and patterns, photo, debiriley.com
Abstract Patterns in reflections, and  Shells


texture and patterns, quail eggs, photos, debiriley.com
Quail Eggs and Foil – Abstract Painting with matching patterns



cobalt teal blue pg50, textural effects and techniques, cobalt teal painting, debiriley.com
Molding Paste textural effects, debiriley.com




watercolor pairings, lunar black, sienna, debiriley.com
Lunar Black Mountain with Quinacridone Sienna and Prussian blue



Love of color, watercolor, debiriley.com
For Love of Color – Earth and Jade waters


Mountains, Jade waters to rough hewn craggy mountains in watercolors…… the gateway opened and I walked through.


craggy tactile texture in watercolour using molding paste, debiriley.com
Creative Watercolors!  Craggy Mountain





More…With Abstracts

It seems to me, that Abstracts are more.

More than merely  scribbles.

More than “child’s play.”

More than the conscious mind takes in.


But, one the subconscious fully embraces with gusto.

Once, we ‘allow’ it.

Once we give it the nod, the ‘OK.’





a beautiful, creativity gateway.





abstract art – a  definition