Explosion of Color: Chihuly

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If Dale Chihuly isn’t on your art radar yet,  you’re in for an explosion of rich, saturated colors from his palette. Chihuly is best known as a world renowned glass blower, having been the recipient of countless awards and 12 honorary doctorates for his achievements in this genre.  His work is sought after and displayed world wide.

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Chihuly in Teal and Scarlet

Explosion of Color on Monday

Monday’s mad extravaganza of pure color invites you to sit back and have a lovely party, with Chihuly’s Colors!

From Cobalt Teal, Scarlet Orange, Indian Yellow, Mauve, Emerald green, Cerulean these are just a few of the delicious colors he’s used in his artworks.


Dale Chihuly, Glass Blower extraordinaire

Dale Chihuly was born in Washington state, in the city of Tacoma – just south of Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington, went to Rhode Island to further his studies, then travelled to Venice. Since then, he returned to Tacoma, Washington.

Chihuly’s website has pages and pages of knockout images of his glasswork, sculptures, drawings and huge acrylic fantastic paintings. Which he paints with large brooms!


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Cobalt Teal Bowl, Chihuly


Dale Chihuly’s use of Color

Yes,  even though the artworks are filled with intense extravagant colors – still,  he has planned their use -Judiciously.

I don’t see 9 different colors in one artwork. Many in fact are just one or two colors.  Most are only three colors.  But oh my, how the man has placed them and used them tonally is just magic.


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Chihuly Bowl in Greens


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Chihuly Bowl

Not content with only creating wonderfully imaginative glass bowls and vases,  he has mastered sculptures for indoor/outdoors, chandeliers, drawings, charcoal, acrylic paintings….  I spent way too much time again today, looking at his work.

Exquisite Forms,  lovely lines, with shapes, color and tones that have been inspired by the natural environment.


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Chihuly Indian Yellow Acrylic painting


Chihuly, for me,  is a master of bright explosive color – like fireworks bursting on the Fourth of July.



I love Fred Williams and John Olsen,  I also adore Dale Chihuly for his expressive, imaginative, joyful use of pure color.

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Chihuly painting

Ryan’s quail eggs had some of that joyful use of color; and that is what enchanted me with his little rendition of quail eggs in a nest.




I hope I have inspired you to go and have a look at Chihuly’s acrylic paintings (stunning) and,    at his glass bowls and sculptures (totally awesome.)

Google, Pinterest, and of course Dale Chihuly’s website are all perfect places to go have a wander.

If,  you love color,  you can’t help but love Dale Chihuly’s art.

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Cobalt Teal Outdoor Sculptures


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Chihuly Blue Green




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19 thoughts on “Explosion of Color: Chihuly

      1. Thank you Debi. I find the Bellagio has most of the art. Walking into the main lobby you are greeting with a huge display suspended on the ceiling.

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  1. Your inspirations are being my inspirations too 🙂 you are such a beautiful artist, so exciting and enjoyable to follow your posts dear Debi. Thank you, have a nice day and new week, Love, nia

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    1. hi Nia, I’m so pleased that you enjoyed Chihuly’s colorfilled artworks! it’s a lovely way to go to the ‘gallery’ without having to leave home today. Thank you as always, for such kind thoughtful comments!! 🙂 Debi

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  2. Good morning Debi!!..I am always so grateful for your excellent inspiration from WordPress! .. ~ I certainly will be chasing down your provided links here, as I was totally taken by Chilhuy Art-works!!.. Somewhere in New York State my mother took me as a child to observe GlassBlowers at work?! That was a long time ago, but that was my Mom..” Explore and See”, was her Motto!!..We all need to,feel encouraged ( ❤️) .. From Your Quail Eggs and Ryan’s colourful drawings; I have been in deep creative mode !!..Teaching music to Children is the best ( I feel ) .. They are so full of wonder and trust!!.I am back to composing music again with a renewed passion!!. Funny how we find each other on life’s pathways.. Suffice it to say here that I will be bouncing between music creation and precious glimpses of your suggested reading!!..so, so Inspired !!. ( i love to draw !!.) .. In lines…. As always Joanne


  3. so beautiful! My first exposure to him was on a trip to Las Vegas where the Belagio hotel lobby is graced with a ceiling full of his beautiful blown glass flowers!


  4. We saw one of his exhibits in Seattle a few years ago. Not only are the shapes and colors brilliant, but the way they are displayed with creative lighting is magical. I had no idea that he is a painter but should have guessed it. Thanks for this terrific post honoring his work!


  5. I love the work of Dale Chihuly. I’ve seen several of his exhibits and his art takes the viewer to magical places. Thank you Debi.


  6. This is really interesting, Debi. I didn’t know Dale Chihuly but I’m glad you showed me some of his wonderful artworks. Really increadible colors and compositions. Also the things for the garden are great. Wish I had some at our pond. But I guess it’s quite expensive. These are exactly your colors, cheers Mitza


  7. Beautiful work, inspiring indeed. He does have beautiful glass work but I didn’t know about Chihuly’s paintings. Thank you for sharing this information Debi!


  8. I’m so glad to see this post today! He’s one of my favorite artists. I have several books and postcard sets and just came across another set of card this weekend. I had the chance to see them setting up the huge chandelier in the Indianapolis Children’s Museum up close and personal. I highly recommend his dvds as well – full of interesting bits of artistic process, etc.

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  9. Wonderful post Debi, you’re a source of inspiration, with each and every post you lifting us up and painting our souls with all the colors of the rainbow! This is indeed a Monday to celebrate, Dale Chihuly is one of the greatest masters of color and this was a perfect dose of his genius skills, thank you for sharing it with us!

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