Adoption is Beautiful #2 I Loved You Before I Knew You


© 2013 Debi Coleman

This is number 2 in the Adoption is Beautiful series entitled “I Loved You Before I Knew You”.  Here the mother leopard is portrayed loving and protecting her baby, before she’s even gotten to fully meet it.

The egg in this series is intended to be seen as a precious package, a new life adopted and welcomed into a family.   The identity of the egg is left intentionally nebulous because my focus at this point in these paintings is on the emotions and commitment of the adoptive parents.  Adoptive parents are special people that begin to love these children as soon as they hear that they are going to  have the privilege of bringing them in and making them a part of their family.  It is my desire to honor that commitment and portray it for the children, that they might know they were wanted and loved before they were ever even known.

The painting is done in watercolor on paper and measures 12×16.  Hope you enjoy this one and there’s more coming soon.  🙂

Taming a Wild Heart

Living in Oklahoma has given me appreciation for Western Art.  It’s not a form you see much of in NY where I’m transplanted from.


Taming a Wild Heart

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The rodeo horses (where the reference photos for this piece originated) never cease to amaze me.  They are so angry that anyone dare to try to sit on their back that they will practically destroy themselves trying to throw the interloper fast and hard on the ground in the rodeo ring.  I’ve seen them get all four feet off the ground and land on their gut in sheer rage.  The heart of this horse is only resistant, not raging (perhaps because of the restraining rope).  Hope you enjoy.

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The Red Knight

Welcome to my medieval world where the Red Knight battles his eerie foes and makes a daring escape.  Are his foes real or is he just tilting at windmills?


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Working on this was in part inspired by my group of second year art students.  I have a couple of students with strong preferences for the more abstract genres.  This one is for them, so they know their teacher appreciates their work (even when she makes them draw birds and get them right).  The painting is done in transparent watercolor on 300lb paper.  Hope you enjoy it.  www.etsy.com/shop/TybiStudio


Adoption is Beautiful #1 Meet Your Brother


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This is the first piece in a new series which will be emerging in the next few months.  The series is entitled “Adoption is Beautiful” in honor of all those families who open their hearts and their homes to give the gift of family, and gain the greatest of blessings, a child to love and raise.  I haven’t titled this piece yet.  I have considered “Who’s in There”, or “Meet Your New Brother”; but I am open to suggestions.  Let me know your vote, and what you think.  See you Monday.  * edited to say that I decided to title it “Meet Your Brother”*

White Iris


© 2013 Debi Coleman

In keeping with the spirit of the challenge which requires a variety of styles and mediums, today’s piece is a traditional floral, done in watercolor.  The painting is  of an iris from my garden and is 12 x 16.  I  generally tend to shy away from more traditional subject matter, but I did find this one fun to paint.  See you tomorrow.

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