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Best 15 Watercolor Trees #worldwatercolormonth

Best 15 Watercolor Trees #worldwatercolormonth

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   debiriley.com (c)




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Waiting… in the Greyness,    debiriley.com (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.







7 Days of Zen

7 Days of Zen

Day One of Zen…. How shall I describe the stillness? The sense of utter serenity inviting me into the depths amidst the day’s chaos.  Yes…Those phones ringing with demanding angry callers. Horns blaring, impatience mounting. But here, within is Seijaku.

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7 Days of Zen I


7 Part Series of Zen


Zen to me,  is a calmness.

But, a calmness with focus and purpose. It is a creative spirit filled energy.

It is also an awareness of self and surroundings – simultaneously oblivious to those very same things.

How can that be?

I don’t know.  I do think it is a very good ‘zen’ question though.



Wabi Sabi   

Wabi Sabi a way of seeing the beauty of things Impermanent, Imperfect and Unfinished.

Things come and they go.  And in their comings and goings we can seek to find the loveliness of their Arrivals and their Departures.


Wabi Sabi has its links to  Zen and through this pathway.  I find myself today thinking about stillness of self.

Perhaps its due to the one too many demanding phone calls I’ve just had. Maybe not…




Seijaku is one of the 7 elements of Wabi Sabi.

It is defined and described as  “tranquility, serenity.”


But upon deeper reflection,   Seijaku is interpreted  as a

“Stillness in the midst of activity.”


What that means for me, you too perhaps,  is that we do not have to go on a retreat. We don’t have to go into the mountains for clarity or serenity.


I can find the gentle stillness here, in the midst of this chaotic day’s activity.

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Gently Inspired





I really hope you enjoyed Day 1 of  the 7 Days of Zen series.


For the next 6 posts I’m going to complete this series on the Beauty of Zen and Wabi Sabi.

I would like to share the creative aspects of looking at art and nature in this unique way, its  had such an big influence on my art!


A  couple of prior  posts that follow this theme are    The Blue Heron Stills  and Zen Taming the Dragon and Winter’s Glow 



The Nature of Art – Around the Edges

The Nature of Art – Around the Edges

What type are you – soft edged or hard edged?  I love art images and paintings with soft blurred edges …..  I wondered why.  What type are you most drawn to?

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Wandering through the galleries I instinctively am drawn into some artworks, but seem  blocked from others. I  wondered why.  For a while I was absolutely certain it all due to the colours used!    Sometime later, I thought it had to be the Light.

As time progresses,  I’m more and more aware that the images that invite me in with welcoming arms are those with a higher ratio of soft blurred edges. That’s not to say that colour and light tones don’t play a role, they most certainly do. They’re just not the deciding  factor for me.

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Our innate personalities can influence edge dominance in our paintings and artworks.

Some artists are naturally outgoing and friendly.  Some of my artist friends are  fantastic hosts and hostesses, having mastered the art of hospitality with grace and ease. Its just who they are.  These artists do seem to  have more soft edge dominance in their work.

One can perhaps infer that the way an artist uses edges in their artworks coincides with their character and personality … or with what is going on with them in their life at that moment in time.


What if an artist feels the need for more structure, disciple, order  in life?  Thus, without really thinking about it, are using predominately harder, sharper edges to create that structure in their artworks.

By creating a painting realm of dominant soft edges, the artist may be creating a more welcoming world of gentleness that may not exist for them at that juncture in time. I think personally, with all the global events of late, I probably am in a way creating a realm that is just a little more kinder and gentler.  Perhaps!


Gallery images comparing gentle soft edges vs. hard defined edges


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Lives change.  Life circumstances fluctuate, health may decline and rise again. Many situations occur to  influence the mind, emotions and heart that may cause a change in edge dominance over time.


When I gaze upon a dominantly  soft edged painting,  I still.    It is zen.  Calming and relaxing, a contentedness fills me. There is peacefulness in the soft edges that I do not find in hard, sharp, bristly edges.


The lovely soft edges create an unequalled serenity and harmony that I can become lost in.


When I look at hard edged paintings, even though I’m not drawn  to them, I will look beyond my discomfort.

I think about them. The artist. The individual.  What their life must have been like.

Where they lived, what other things they enjoyed. What prompted their Edges, subjects, colours,  tonal keys, the media used. I reflect for a moment on what events and circumstances may have prompted the style of art I’m looking at.

What is interesting, I’ve noticed that I accept a much higher ratio of sharp edges in  photograph images than I will find comfortable in paintings.

Anyone else  ever thought about how you use your edges   and how your preference is linked to your unique quirks and traits?  I wonder……..