Cobalt Teal Abstract #9

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Inspired by nature, but absolutely abstract.

I’ve had fun painting my CTB #9  using hands, fingers, brushes, fork and palette knife.

Whatever was in the studio, was fair game!


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Cobalt Teal Blue abstract


Cobalt Teal Blue –   CTB

Cobalt teal blue, prussian blue, quinacridone gold and white was the color palette I chose to use.



Cropping the image

Which way?

It is so fun to play, to look at your paintings from every angle.

Upside down, from the left or the right.

They often ‘tell you which way they want to go.



I’ve cropped the image in several ways.

Its a great idea to explore the ways the image might look, if presented in differing forms.

Different formats.




We do not always have to remain locked in to a pathway that does not serve us, when another could be far better!

Be Flexible.

Be open to the possibilities your painting might point to.


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Preconceived Rigid Ideas

That,  for me, was the struggle I had most when I first began to take my art seriously.


I’d usually set out with having one very narrow, defined idea.

It was locked rigidly in place;  in my mind of just how I wanted that image to turn out.


The problem was ….. often the painting seemingly took a life of its own.

And so I fought.

Argued, cajoled, and tried to beat it into submission.

This. Did not work.

I just ended up with lots and lots of very over worked paintings.



Listening, letting go, Fun…..

Then, the penny dropped.

I began To …listen to the painting. To the materials, to the subject, to the  feelings…. and let them make themselves be heard.


It was hard.

That is not “normal.”

We should be In Control.

In Charge.  Telling them, making them do what they are supposed to.

Do what we want. To bend to our will, as we will, and as we determine.  That should be how it goes!

That’s what I thought. And that is why letting go, was so difficult.

At first.


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Its much less difficult now.

and…  it is

Way More FUN!!









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,

12 thoughts on “Cobalt Teal Abstract #9

  1. You have that right, way more fun and the inner creative can come out to play and I think the art ends up better than what you imagine anyway, imho. Love what you have created here, your inner creative showing up and having a blast!


  2. ‘It is so fun to play’ So agree with this, Debi. Also agree how it can be a struggle to take your own art seriously. Very brave of you to share how at first a narrow idea defined your art. I relate to this so well – for a long time I thought writing non-fiction had to be a certain way, that there was a right and wrong way. Then I realised what is right and wrong is subjective when it comes to art and creativity. Love how you presented your teal image to us from different perspectives…they look like two completely different images. Keep painting and playing 🙂

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    1. Good morning Mabel! What a lovely comment 🙂
      Right and Wrong, can be disturbing words can’t they? Words our culture have conditioned our brains to think in.
      Writing non fiction – is a challenging venue. But usually these works are those that will endure in my mind far longer. I was going to say, I couldn’t do it. But I think I do! here at WP.
      Writing, dance, painting, music, etc.. it is all a buffet of sorts. We. Get to select. Based upon our own taste preferences. 🙂

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  3. Vibrant blues and golds, dynamic and warm. Kudos. Sadly for those who love to create, bringing forth something new, there is always that other stern voice saying that one must always colour between the lines

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    1. thanks!! I know…. and that stern voice is a real cranky pants, taking away all the free loose enjoyment from imaginative creative expression. cheers, debi


  4. You got me with the color palate and then I discovered the text to accompany the art. I would say, you might want to head your page with some indication there is an article attached as well. Many people will scroll and admire the works, but I found the process described in ‘letting go’ very much informed my appreciation of what ends up on your canvas. It reminds me of what writers say about trying to build a story and then finding out the characters of your book have other ideas about plot or personality. There is something otherworldly about the influence of the art medium upon the artist. It’s nice to know that happens in painting as well.

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    1. thank you! I will inquire also, with others on the article notification – its never occurred to me there might be an issue. or how to solve it! thanks! And, When I teach, or post art I nearly always feel obliged to describe in some form, the origins of how the image came to be. This is the one thing, beginners don’t have a firm grasp on & more info can be helpful, I believe. Cheers, and thanks!!

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