A Trio

Last Friday I had some time to experiment with a trio of colors.   I chose Azo Yellow - Quin. Rose and Cobalt blue.

Just these three tubes of paint produced such a variety of bright hues as well as some lovely neutrals.

As I considered the trio concept it brought to mind how many times the number three shows up in life.  So often we here the quote "A third time is a charm"... or "good things come in threes" or as my beloved Mother- in- Law used to say when two famous people died it would not be long before a third would follow. 

In art we have three primary colors that cannot be mixed to create yellow, red and blue.  Often we are taught the rule of thirds in composition.  Great paintings generally carry the same touches of color in three spots - Papa Bear - Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

I know the Bible certainly holds many examples of a threesome.   Three visitors appeared to Abraham, Jesus prayed three times for the cup of suffering to pass, Paul asked three times to have the thorn in his life be removed.

Perhaps the number three is divine?? 

On that note I will share three things that made me smile today.


Red Poinsettias

Chippy Chipmunk eating the bird seed

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts on threes.  May everyone have a lovely day.   See you next week -  God Willing!

Hugs Debbie


  1. It is interesting how three is so important. I hope you are getting around good, and not in any pain.

  2. My favourite base palette is ultramarine, quin. rose and gamboge yellow. They make the most beautiful transparent mixes. Happy birthday, Debbie!

  3. Oh, I enjoyed your post about threes. Most interesting. And I loved your three photos that made you smile.

    Let me add to the threesome:

    Two's company, three's a crowd
    Three blind mice
    A three strand cord is not easily broken
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    Wishing you a lovely rest of the day...
    Brenda xox

  4. Hello Debbie, yes the 3's thing has been something I've subscribed to like so many others. My big thing is when trying to make a decision or deal with a problem I say to give it 3 days and you will see it differently and know what to do. I hope you are doing well.

  5. Triads are so great to work with in art. I hope you make some lovely paintings with your colors. I never thought about how often threes appear in phrases and through life, literature, and religion. Thank for opening up my eyes to see that. Is/was it your birthday? I hope it was as special as you are my friend!!

  6. #1 I enjoyed seeing your color experiment.
    #2 Your three things that made you smile also made me smile.
    #3 I look forward to more of everything.

  7. A thought-provoking post! In gardening we are told to plant at least 3 plants of each variety that is to go in the flower bed. And with Christmas approaching lets not forget the 3 wise men!

  8. Great post. Indeed, the number three or its compounds occurs hundreds of times in the Bible.

    And I love your Chippy Chipmunk. So cute. Hope all s well with you.

  9. Enjoyed this post! Schindler is beautiful. Love the Poinsettias, and chipmunks are so cute with a mouth full.

  10. Thank you, Debbie. A thought-provoking post indeed. Red, white and blue;
    three gifts from the three wise men; Father, Son and Holy Ghost; a triangle is the strongest geometric shape; and three flavors in Neapolitan ice cream.

  11. The number three was always my favorite number for some reason I don't know . Lovely and cosy photos as always :-)

  12. My mother in law believes that the number three represents the Trinity. On a different note, I can't believe how many different colours you can make out of just three.

  13. As always, I look forward to your posts, Debbie!!!! These three photos made me smile as well!!!!! Enjoy your day!!!

  14. Hi there Debbie! I was amazed at how many colours those three made. Your little cottage painting is delightful too :D)
    Your thoughts on threes are interesting - funny how we can take things for granted. I always feel an arrangement is balanced when there are three items.
    Gorgeous photos at the end of your post.
    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers! :D)

  15. O and Debbie, when you love Christmas cards I can sent you one. You can contact with me via ariellamillerblog@gmail.com

  16. Hi Debbie, yes the #3 is always around.. It's in so many things that it's hard to ignore.
    Love your photos for today, and thanks for coming by to visit
    yes, I've been trying to locate that site, it was so good. Fun to show your paintings like that.

  17. I love your three happy things! It's always fun to experiment and play with color like that, too.


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