Fluted Blue Vase – watercolors

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Just a simple play in watercolors.  Experimenting.

Testing how the lovely blues mix and merge together.

An ‘easy’ day. A fun day.  A Sunday.

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Fluted Blue Vase, watercolors



Watercolor Vase in  Blues

Nothing fancy, but a form clothed in blue.




Art Materials Used:

Paper – Fabriano 100% cotton, Cold Press


Watercolors –

Prussian Blue pb27      Maimeriblu   the post I linked shows the pairing of Prussian blue with the paler Cerulean

Ultramarine Blue pb29     Winsor and Newton    linked post illustrates the depth and boldness of Ultramarine

Phalo Blue pb15:3        Art Spectrum

Blues -Dive into the Mysteries of BLUE paints


A Hint, of wabi sabi

I was planning to finish it.  To go in and paint the vase shape all the way around.

But I paused. And considered the philosophy of wabi sabi that I love.

Wabi Sabi is the idea of finding and seeing the beauty in things impermanent, imperfect and unfinished.


And so, I chose, to leave it unfinished.


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23 thoughts on “Fluted Blue Vase – watercolors

  1. thanks! had to redo WP so that I could put in the buttons for email following and most recent posts. it got a little out of my ‘control’ lol ie I didn’t know what I was doing!!

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    1. thank you Jodi. phalo blue was a surprise … I’m not a huge fan, but am including it in my art course. This palest of blues in the vase – was the phalo blue at a really dilute ratio. I still learn new things all the time.

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  2. I LOVE your thoughts, Debi. I know the exact blues you speak of here and I was amazed I recognized them. The idea of leaving something unfinished …. leaving the rest to imagination. Hmmmm … I really like that. I think I will attempt to apply that to my photography. Huh. Thank you, so much for this post!! ❤


    1. hi Amy! glad to read your thoughts here! and of course happy you found the post interesting and enjoyed it 🙂 thank YOU! cheers, debi


    1. that is lovely of you Deborah to say, thank you! Blue… is such an intriguing and mysterious color; I find I could just look at blue paint and be satisfied. Its like looking at the sky or water I think. 🙂

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