River of Gold ‘n Umber

impressionist watercolor landscape, simplifying the subject, limited palette, debiriley.com

Watercolors –  a river scene in warm golden umbers draws us in.

Its lovely simplicity adds to the charm, to my eye.

I used my imagination.

I used my memories of strolls from the past, to create this watercolor.


impressionist watercolor landscape, simplifying the subject, limited palette, debiriley.com
River of Gold Impressionist Watercolor


Watercolor Landscape


Choosing not to replicate ….. a photo.

But to search myself, in hopes that what would emerge would express the subject and feeling best.



Memories surfaced.

Of The Turon River and Sofala, NSW Australia.

Times we spent hiking along the river banks, playing.

And panning for gold.  As Autumn, cloaked us in her perfection.



It is Autumn, once again in Australia.

Absolutely beautiful.

perfect,  for more zen strolls……..






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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 society6.com/debiriley and, redbubble.com/people/debijriley/shop

23 thoughts on “River of Gold ‘n Umber

  1. I love the soft warm tones and colours you’ve used here – beautiful! I have checked out Toko Shinoda and I do like her work – awesome abstract work with minimal colour, simple shapes and design…

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    1. thank you Holly. edges….. I love the play of edges…. smiling. leaving those snippets of white dry paper are really helpful too!


  2. I hope you’re not offended if you were trying to show an autumn day.This looks like a beautiful, blizzardy day on the river. Looks wintery to me. Nothing wrong with that, I hope.

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    1. we each can see, things differently and uniquely Anneli! there’s nothing wrong at all with that in my opinion 🙂 we each bring to the image, a storehouse of memories…. unique to us. mine from NSW yours from the blizzard on a river.
      How, can that be ‘wrong?!! lol it can’t!
      I’m pleased to see that you engaged with the image.
      that is the most, important thing an artist can hope for. thank You! cheers, debi

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