Best 15 Watercolor Trees #worldwatercolormonth

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All my tree lovelies,  together.

A collection of moody,  Impressionist Watercolor Landscapes.

Some are ‘busy’  while others have been pared down to the bare bones.

Each, with their own tale to tell.



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Purple Mountains & Indigo Trees (c)


Watercolor Trees

Fir trees, Poplar trees, maple trees, gum trees and … trees of unknown species.

They’re all here.   They were all completely enchanting to paint.



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Summer’s River (c)



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Watercolor Trees (c)




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Waiting… in the Greyness, (c)  




Fire in the Sky is all about impact, power, drama.

Color and tonal contrast made it happen.

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Fire in the Sky debi riley (c)




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 Christmas Trees  (c)



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Its a Bold Tree   (c)



The 2  simple tree trunks only, were an exercise in prudence and restraint.

Less is more.  How to transmit the sense of the tree, with as few brushstrokes as possible?


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Simple Tree trunk  (c)



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Nuances of Grey  (c)



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Miniature  1.5 x 1.5 inch  Impressionist Landscape (c)


Morning Haze. 

Memories…. can recreate a place and emotions so well, one could imagine themself transported back. To the place and time, as if by magic.  Lovely.


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Morning Haze  (c)



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Watercolor Forest  (c)

This forest scene was painted on site, in my car.  While I waited for my class to begin.  Leaving early, has its perks.



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Autumn Watercolor  w/pastel highlights  (c)

Adding soft pastel highlights to a watercolor can transform the image into a bold piece that captures the eye straight away.



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Winter’s Glow  (c)

Winter’s Glow was a fun play with Amethyst & Sodalite on damp paper.

I dampened it all, but that area you see as White. That, I let remain completely dry.




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Reflections, detail  (c)




This last painting,  Reflections … has been a favorite of mine.

I love of course the cobalt teal blue, but it it the action of the watercolor that captures me.  The flow of the colors, the reflections into the water worked out ‘just right’ on this one.

I was lucky.

The mere whisper of the tree trunk, was all it took to finish this.

It was truly a case of “Less, is More!”  






As many of these are on offer for sale as prints, cards, etc. in my online shops….. thank you for not taking, copying and using my, work efforts.








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37 thoughts on “Best 15 Watercolor Trees #worldwatercolormonth

  1. Love them all, they are all great in their own right…especially love the Winters Glow and Reflections. Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. thank you for such a lovely comment! I’m glad that you enjoyed them. The 2 you chose do have that soft appealing watercolor flow. cheers, Debi


    1. hi Margaret! thanks so much. that is intriguing about the sap green!! hmmm, good to know. its a color I don’t use, don’t have. students have it though. LOL been a tad weary. but will be good to go in a few weeks!! thanks, YRF cheers, hugs and blessings … debi

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      1. I decided to give it a try, I think that it has a earthy green that I am intrigued about and wanted to see what it will do with my other colors. We’ll see if I am sold on it or not, doesn’t matter as long as it gets the job done. 😉

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      2. when mixed, it could be a very interesting blended green…. esp. with the various blues, and the umbers too. hmm… love your inquisitiveness Miss M! 🙂

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  2. Great to catch up on all your week’s posting (been away as you can guess). This is a great gallery of wonderful colors, images and trees. Their simplicity and restraint together with depth and open spaces, shade and drama, makes the post a complete lesson in itself – no need to look elsewhere. Have a great week and hopefully the weather improves for you. 🙂

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      1. thank you Andrew! that is very kind of you 🙂 we did have a wonderful time with all of our guests – seeing the 3.5 yr old grandson from Sydney was, the Highlight!!

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      2. lucky you! and oh my, your computer now is full of downloaded photos too!! 🙂 they are wonderful models, great entertainment and just melt your hearts ❤

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      1. thanks! I think, I may end up doing that – more often. Its great to clear the mind. all the social media starts to get me on overload, esp. as I’ve never been a computer type person at all. cheers, and wishing you a lovely rest of the week!

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  3. A miniature print of the one called Watercolor Trees should hang in my dollhouse. 🙂 Love, love, love these.

    I’m still reading, still learning. I’m not doing that great with watercolors but I do enjoy it. One of my 2017 creative goals is to work with watercolor. As I said, I’m not good at all but I do enjoy reading about it and viewing different techniques.

    Your creative voice is beautiful and listened to quite often.
    Smiles to you and yours,

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