About

Welcome! Thank You so much for stopping in.

I hope you’re having an enjoyable stroll around my website  and are finding things that pique your interest.

There is a lot of resource information especially within the Watercolor Basics page that beginners may find useful, as you first start out to paint.

 

 

debiriley profile photograph, watercolor basics for beginners with debi, debiriley.com

 

 

Why I teach & share Art ….

 

I’m dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic about finding ways to share art ideas with others.

 

I find it incredibly satisfying to help Individuals  express their own uniquely creative voice,  their own thoughts and feelings.

To find their pathway to artistic authenticity.

 

Wall art Debiriley Society6.com
Express Your  SELF …..   coral pink collage debiriley.com

 

 

Current Project

My current work project is making my art designs  available in my online shops  Society6.com. and  Redbubble.com

DJR Designs are now available as canvas prints, iphone covers,  gift cards, duvets, fashion and home decor items.

and there is More to be added, at  Redbubble.com and   Society 6  Debiriley       (samples below)

 

bright, colorful floral purple, wall art, vintage home decor, debiriley.com
Floral Wall ART in fuschia …..      by debiriley.com Redbubble.com

 

Society 6 debiriley art, watercolor tropical jungle green leaves, debiriley.com
Tropical  Society 6

 

debiriley iphone design, society 6, debiriley.com
Iphone Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website Topics

 

What is my website about?  What are you going to find?

I must confess, I have a very broad interpretation… of what ‘art’ is.

 

Art is life, and Life is art.

Yes,  That, pretty much covers it.

 

My art  reflects me.

Thus, you’re going to find varied topics and media and subjects.

 

I won’t stick to one medium.  Nor one subject.

Every subject tells me it needs to be revealed in its own way.

And I must respect that.

 

I do lean strongly towards semi abstract landscapes, with an eastern Asian influence running through much of my work.

 

 

I love experimental art processes,

diversity of creative expression.  

That,  and of course,  Colour!

 

indigo blue, naples yellow, cerulean blue, ocean coast painting, debiriley.com
Cerulean and Naples Yellow, Indigo

 

When I’m not teaching or painting,  I’m building a Pinterest.com/debijriley   site. You’ll find great art ideas – Watercolors, Drawing, Pastels, Oils,  Collage, Printmaking ++

 

 

 

 Love of Diversity

Well,  I  was  a pure watercolorist. Teaching “Absolute Beginners Watercolours”  at Manly Warringah Community College for years.  Then, our life changed with a series of job transfers around the globe. However…..With those exciting transfers to new  cities, art centres, colleges I heard the same thing.

“No.

We  don’t need a beginner’s watercolour teacher.  We already have one!”

My heart fell each time, in those early years of such remarks. Many times though,  that “No” would very soon be followed up with a new question.

“But,  can you teach something  Different?!

And each time I would reply,

“YES. I CAN.”

I really didn’t let it stop me,  ‘The What,’  that they were wanting for me to teach.    If it was within the realm of possible, then I would, do it.

  • After 15 + years of    “Can you teach something Different?”
  • Different is  what I Love to do!
  • Different  made me develop in ways I never expected
  • Its been great fun with every new step

 

 

 

Art   Highlights

Art Awards  =  a few   Highlights     
  • 2015   Curators Pick        MCAA   Aug 6, 2015  Indian Ocean mixed media
  • 2014   Mastery of Technique     Watercolour Prize    MCAA  2014  Zen I
  • 2005   “Outstanding  Artistic Vision”   and ….. “Exceptional skill in the media”     comment by    North Central Texas College  judge,    Dan Bills
  • “Impressive  image,  sensitive,   economical in its colour, tonal and shape relationships…..The Outstanding work  in the modern section.”     comment made by  1998  KAS  judge,  Patrick Carroll
  • 1999   Grand Champion of Show       Watercolour Art Prize   Manella Show

 

 

Visual  Arts  Instructor  work history brief:

 

 

 

I’m appreciative of the wonderful mentoring of  Jan Vincent and  David Taylor.

I’d like to  encourage, enthuse and inspire others just as generously as they have done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100 comments

  1. Thanks for spending some time over at Okanagan Okanogan! It’s a thrill to have you walking o long with me through the grass today! Australia, Washington, Texas… where are you now? Best, Harold

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    • Your photos caught my eye. Family used to go to Tonasket & Sun Lakes in summer to visit replies, so the area ‘looked familiar’! love your sense of colour, composition, light and shade. we’re in Perth, Western Australia now. I’ll visit your site again, thanks!

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  2. Hi Debi: I am new to receiving your blogs….just signed up..I am a “Raw Beginner”..in learning about art but just to let you know ..your teaching is excellent..and I am happy to,join your followers!..I live in Canada..and a small scenic city!..Picking up on .. “Colour “..joanne

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  3. Debi, thanks for stopping by my Kamakura Mirror Micropoetry blog. I’ve have been thinking of starting watercolors, so finding your blog is a kind of serendipity. I’ll start with “10 Tips to Get You Started.”

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  4. Hi Debi (and as I type Debi, I realized that I may gave called you Deb on a reply)
    Anyway – I had to smile at your About comments. The knowledge of art without the knowledge of computer 🙂
    I look forward to checking out your work!
    Laurie

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  5. Deb – I am SO EXCITED that your blog appeared in my WordPress feed! I am a beginner trying to teach myself watercolor painting – and your post today was so valuable to me! Can’t wait to read more and follow and learn from you!!!

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  6. Hi Debi, thanks for your wonderful feedback on “Letters”, I could tell immediately that you’re also an artist – I’m looking forward to exploring your hub – thanks for stopping by, keep in touch!

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    • my pleasure! and being new to the website world…. I find its great when I get interesting ‘meaty’ feedback comments. I look forward to seeing more of your work! wish my students could See That! 🙂

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  7. Thank you for spending some time on my website and leaving some comments. It drew my attention to your exciting website, which I’m thrilled to discover. I’m off to discover more of your work now.

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  8. Hi Debi! Nice to meet another Washingtonian! 😊 Thank you for liking so many posts on my blog – such a nice surprise! 💙 Glad to see you like color too and experimenting in different art mediums! YAY! 🎨 I look forward to reading your posts too – I’m now a follower of your blog! 😊😄😊

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  9. Hi Debi,
    How stunning to get all your likes this morning!!! And that from a fellow artist! Thank you so much for them!
    And then discovering your lively, beautiful art blog!!!! I like your paintings and thoughts about art…and colour…very much!
    The trip I have begun here just now seems so fascinating, contagious, and it sparks my imagination.
    I have begun to follow you ! Looking forward to my next visit!
    Thanks, Debi!
    All the best, Petra

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  10. i cannot believe i’ve not read this About section before. I’m not famous, or have any awards. I taught myself how to paint with watercolor & loved it. I have been commissioned for a prayer book. but reading this was a bit of a shock because i just started a new painting, using everything the art kids have taught me over the years. a bit of this & that, perhaps that will be the paintings title? Forgive me for not reading this before now, Deb. I’ve always enjoyed seeing you in my comments & considered you a friend. Your work is amazing. i’m looking for your coon cat picture now…talk to you later! ~amy

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  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. Wishing you every success in your artistic explorations. From what I can glean from your autobiography, you deserve it too! Best wishes, Stephen.

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  12. Debi – Thanks for stopping by Art & Tulips. You are a person after my own heart (“Sure, I can teach that!”) In San Diego now, but from Whidbey Island, Bellevue, Seattle…Walla Walla… 😉
    Your work is lovely. Molly

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  13. Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog because that has led me to yours. The visuals here are beautiful. Stunning. I love that you have embraced trying out new ideas and techniques. Just yesterday I mentioned to someone that I dabble in photography by default – because I don’t know how to paint. Maybe I should just be brave and give it a try! K. Xx

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      • I’m a fan of abstracts, generally speaking. Yours are fabulous so I was quite surprised to find myself most drawn to “Summer colours”. Maybe it’s the shaped border. Or maybe it’s because it reminds me of where I walk my dog. The colours. I don’t know what it is – specifically – but I love, love, love that painting.

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  14. Dear Debi, I’ve just received the WordPress 2015 annual report, and you are one of the people who commented the most my website. So I just wanted to say THANK YOU, have a wonderful new year and great new Art coming.

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  15. Thanks so much for checking out my blog, Debi. I also love painting, but I’ve found that my time has been taken up with writing and quilting so there isn’t much time left to devote to painting. Maybe I’ll get inspired to pick up the brushes again by following your blog.

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  16. Phew > That quote from Herman Melville is so true and definitely inspiring. I feel like rolling up my sleeves and getting on with it right now! Love your impressionist water technique. Do you reveal how to do that somewhere in your blog?

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  17. Hi Debi, I found your site via Charlie O’Shields doodlewashes. On your home page, I noticed you have quite a few Australian plant imagery, so wondered if you were Australian. Reading this About page, it seems your American, travellin’ around with hubby. What an adventure that must be! I have no doubt you are finding Aussie plants make for great inspiration for abstractions, as I’ve noted. I like them too, for that reason, and because they’re colourful, weird, unique and sometimes whacky! Now a Follower… 😀
    Oh, PS: I think it would be most helpful to list out, in full, the name of an organisation that gave you an Award, as we don’t know acronyms, eg MCAA.

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  18. Hi Debi I came across your beautiful Art and Blog from a comment that you left to John latest featured at Doodlewash. I am glad I came to visit and see your creativity. I am an artist designer and I love to express my creativity uniquely and in different mediums I can relate with you in a way we are similar. I see that you love to experiment same me! I create unique jewelry inspired by nature and I love watercolors, photography, digital art, illustration, poetry and more. I just follow your Blog and I hope that you will visit mine I am always happy to interact with other inspiring artists 😉 Cheers Carolina

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  19. “It’s better to fail at originality than to succeed at imitation” (Herman Melville). Profound? Yes. But how do we find originality when as artists, poets, writers et al our daily bread is discovering the inspiration that great artists share with us. And from that inspiration we take a little here and there and add a little of our own; then from the mix we create something we choose to call originality which in time becomes our style. I don’t know how you found me or what attracted you but I am always pleased to find another creative in the world. Keep well. James

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    • Hi James, great comment!! Thanks for that. We artists do breathe in, little bits of inspirations all around us, all the time! I found you from looking at some new writing/photo tags of WP…and then just looking! lol Thanks so much, for stopping by and ‘chatting.’ Cheers, Debi

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  20. Dear Debi, i have turned to your “about” page to gather some guidance on what you and others have published there. I find this world of the internet a bit overwhelming and also simply wonderful. i am so pleased to be able to see some of your work and learn from you. i hope to move into more abstract rendering of my images and thoughts and to gradually create a better blog as well.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Holly

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    • internet. it is a minefield! for me its like wandering into the huge endless State library…. and feeling lost in the vastness. but its much better when I go with a specific, narrow, target to search for on that day. I did not begin…my painting life in abstracts. it slowly emerged. evolved. as i used my camera also to snap shots, I found out I zoomed in on abstracted patterns so very often! we learn. we grow. I like the saying, “water upon the stones” for to me it reflects that with time and persistence, I will… get there. and so will YOU!! thank You so much Holly for such a lovely comment here. I honestly, value it! cheers, Debi

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      • Thank you Debi, for taking the time to respond. I find the camera is a useful tool for as you say, zooming in on what attracts one to an object and learning about it’s properties through framing and exposure. I am also learning to use my sketchbook as my primary recording device because when i do i find i am really observing and seeing.
        Holly

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