acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

Harbinger’s Haven





Meet “Harbinger’s Haven” © 2014 my latest triptych.

  People say artist’s blogs are boring.  I have to agree.  🙂  They tend to consist of “look what I painted” and…”so do you like it?”  posts.

To avoid boring those who are kind enough to visit your blog, I’m told that you have to give the inspiration or story for the painting.  I don’t think it’s always conducive to harmony to tell you who inspired me if I’m painting

moody, murky, and mysterious.

  So you’ll just have to guess.  🙂

Sometimes it’s just a chocolate deficiency,

and sometimes

I’ve been seriously “inspired”.


The story however, is actually a continuation of the original “Harbinger” painting.  Exhausted by the storm which the first piece heralded, the harbinger is now finally headed for home.  The ethereal light is an indication of the storm’s passage, and thus it is safe for the harbinger to return to the nesting grounds.

The image is made up of three gallery wrap canvases each measuring 10×20″.  The whole piece is at least 30×20″ depending on how much space you put between each canvas.  The sides are painted and are an integral part of the image.



Here’s a close-up from the center canvas.


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© 2013 Debi Coleman

This is the second in the series Horseplay entitled “Dumped”.  I’m not sure if this will more amuse the preschoolers or their moms who pick up what they dump everyday.   The toys are classic and the colors are kept primary to attract the younger set’s interest.  Interestingly the horses are painted from rodeo photos that I took last year.  Before moving to Oklahoma I’d really never been exposed to rodeo, but it is amazing to watch, and lots of fun to photograph.   Hope you enjoy the painting, and let me know what you think.

The Harbinger


© 2013 Debi Coleman

I couldn’t resist this title.  A harbinger is a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.  The coming storm is signaled by the bird (the harbinger in this piece) seeking shelter among the caves.  This is a more modern piece done in a “painterly” style where the image is suggested as opposed to tightly rendered.  It is a diptych with each of the canvases being 10×20.  You can get a really varied look based on how far apart you hang the canvases.  The thumbnail looks a little dark, the color shows more true if you click on it.  I love the piece, and had so much fun painting it. I hope you enjoy it.

A Way of Escape


© 2013 Debi Coleman

I like this piece.  I’m just not sure what it is.  🙂   Actually there’s a Bible verse that speaks of there always being a way of escape out of temptation and that’s what the little rope bridge reminds me of.  Again, this is on a gallery wrap canvas (20″ square) so the sides are painted as  part of the image and it doesn’t require a frame.   Thanks for looking.  See you tomorrow.

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© 2013 Debi Coleman

“Red” is a diptych (two canvases that combine to make one image).  It’s done on gallery wrap canvas which means the sides are painted as part of the image, so it doesn’t require a frame.  It’s very modern and the red is very strong.  I’m not sure if it shows as strong on the computer, the camera seemed to really struggle to capture the color.      It’s inspired by my love of macro photography and is definitely different from what I normally do.   Let me know what you think.

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