Cobalt Teal, Naples Yellow, Red and Black

color collage, acrylic abstract in cobalt teal blue, naples yellow and red, strong expressive colors,

Colors talk.  Colors communicate.

They evoke specific moods and messages that are quite clear.

Nature uses color all the time, very effectively, to communicate.


colors communicate, colors talk, color collage, acrylic abstract in cobalt teal blue, naples yellow and red, strong expressive colors,
Red, Black, Naples Yellow and Cobalt Teal:  Colors Communicate



Color Communication


One of the most effective forms of expression.

No ‘words’ needed.

Just the colors.




Creative Artist Expression

As Artists….

We can cleverly use  strong (or soft & delicate)  expressive colors to communicate ‘a message’ with our viewers.


We can choose what we intend for them to see and feel, through our color planning choices.


But first, we need to understand the specific colors.

Understand what each specific color can mean, can represent, in order to help us harness a color.


Using color purposely this way  can make your art far more interesting.

Richer, more layered. Intriguing.

Getting it out of a tired old pattern of painting that may have gotten you bogged down in a rut.





Color Meanings


Out in Nature, when we see red, black and yellow together, often it serves as a warning.

A red flag,  if you will, that the object may be dangerous.



Cobalt Teal Blue 

This cool color is so calming, refreshing and relaxing many of us almost immediately think of tropical holiday waters.

CTB has a hint of playfulness to it that can bring out the inner child.


Naples Yellow 

Definitely a warm, golden glowing yellow.  Alone, or without the red and black, it probably would give off a more welcoming vibe.

Happy, joyful, content. Cheerful!



Is an extremely powerful, dominating color.

It exerts its force of will over nearly everything else, even if in tiny proportions.

Red is associated with warning, danger, power, authority, aggression.

It Shouts out. Its as if, its in all CAPS.

Vibrant Red, really isn’t a shy little wallflower.




Black can be many things!  It can be a neutral, at times and in certain circumstances.

Often, it is just so strong and powerful that its impact overwhelms the rest of the colors.

Its linked to things that are dark and foreboding, death, but also authority, power, strength and solidarity.

Again this is one that can takeover, even in small doses.




For me, with this image,  the saving grace was the cobalt teal.  As it is, its a very dramatic abstract.

With warning colors right through the painting. I wonder what I was thinking at the time. Maybe its a good thing I’ve forgotten!



Published by debiriley

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,

13 thoughts on “Cobalt Teal, Naples Yellow, Red and Black

  1. I love the way those colours go together, but I have to ask (and you may or may not want to tell) – did you put the eye on that black snake head on purpose or did it just come out that way? Of course you did. And it’s either breathing fire, or chasing blood. Now that I’e had another look, the red part could be a bird who is chasing something and being chased itself. Wonderful layers of action in this painting.

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  2. As you can see I have been catching up today having been spending precious time with two sets of grandchildren – “my cup runneth over” or words to that effect 🙂 How lovely now to have spent time with all the marvellous posts of yours that I had missed. I always feel so much better for spending some virtual time with you. How about some real time someday? I re-read your wonderful and moving words in response to my post again and looked at all the comments. First of all my apologies for making you cry, and secondly you help people each and every day by bringing joy, color, humanity, and love into the lives of all those who learn from your wonderful soul and artistic vision. Thank you from all of us 🙂

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    1. smiling! grandchildren can be several hands full when all of them, are there at once 🙂
      It was the global situation really, that is so heart breaking.. It was not you. So no worries 🙂 And thank you for your kind words Andrew. I do hope and intend to make a trip over. ….. I’m ‘working’ on it. Cheers, Debi

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    1. thank you E, they are strong and full of drama. I think, the ratio is just on the side of uncomfortably edgy with this one. there is not a sense of rest, nor peace in it. CTB threads thru – which offers ‘token’ relief is all! 🙂

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  3. I love your painting, and how you frame the larger one with three with small repetitive paintings below it. Even that suggests something different than what it would if each appeared alone. I love the colors you chose too. But I see red and yellow in combination as warm and rich and exciting. And while the cobalt teal alone can be so peaceful, combined here it adds to the startling richness of the painting. The black provides the contrast to the vibrant colors to make them pop even more. Well done.

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    1. thank you Deborah, that is so kind of you! I appreciate your time, and your commenting in such detail. Glad that you enjoyed this painting, and the way I presented it! cheers, Debi


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