Color Inspiration Thursday {13}

Sometimes you see a burst of color so amazing, you just can’t let it go. That happened to me yesterday, when my cousin Kayley posted these amazing photos of glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly, seen at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington. Kayley is visiting our aunt in Seattle, and her photos are just amazing! They are taken with her camera phone, but the back-lit glass sculptures look so vibrant that I feel like I could reach out and touch them. Most of the photos are detail shots taken of a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture.

Part of Dale Chihuly's suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture in the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington.
Part of Dale Chihuly’s suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture in the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington.

I think you will agree that these photos just begged to be turned into quilt-inspiration color palettes!

These beautiful palettes are created with Play Crafts’ Palette Builder 2.1 and photographs taken by my talented cousin Kayley Gallagher.

rainbow blown glass palette

   Corresponding Kona cottons from left to right:
Tangerine, Lipstick, Ocean, Royal, Cedar, Citrus

I absolutely love this color palette! Consisting almost entirely of primary colors, it is bright and cheerful. I think it would make a great kids’ quilt.

glass art color paletteCorresponding Kona cottons from left to right:
Mahogany, Poppy, Lipstick, Plum, Surf, Hibiscus

This palette makes me think of the purple hat ladies. Purple hat ladies make me think of fun-loving, bold and beautiful women who do what they want without concerning themselves with what others may think.  Can you tell that I hope to join their ranks someday? What fun! Passionate reds and purples, with a bit of rich mahogany make this another vibrant palette.

Neutrals color palette

Corresponding Kona cottons from left to right:
Black, Sable, Cappuccino, Shadow, Parsley, Honey

This palette isn’t colorful, but sometimes we need to focus on neutrals. This earthy palette has a good balance of neutrals and achromatic colors and would make a lovely subtle quilt or foundation for a quilt with a splash of additional color (maybe a bright Leprechaun green to pull from that subtle kona Parsley?) Plus, what an amazing glass squid sculpture!

rainbow color palette glass art

Corresponding Kona cottons from left to right:
Slate, Lime, Wheat, Lipstick, Rose, Corn Yellow

I’ll leave you with one more rainbow color palette to cap off this week. This photo features all the colors of the rainbow, which is well represented in the resulting palette. I don’t know about you, but I’m on a definite rainbow gradient quilting kick lately. You can’t go wrong with rainbow!

Special thanks to Kayley this week for letting me use her photographs to help inspire more colorful creative works of art. Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday {13}”

  1. Oh wow, those glass sculptures are amazing!! And I love the palettes you created with them, too. 😀 The reds and purples are my favorite I think!


  2. Dale Chihuly has marvelous colors, and what fabulous pics your sis took!! I was lucky enough to intern very briefly in a gallery in Philadelphia that showed his work– just incredible depth when seen in person. The color grabs are fabulous too!


  3. Great inspiration! I saw his earlier work way back when in Seattle, and was lucky enough to make the show at the MFA a few summers ago. It was a zoo of course, but I took the kids and my parents and everyone was equally awed!


  4. omg, this is a colour feast for the eyes… thanks for sharing. I’m intrigued by the neutrals palette… you have inspired me to pull out my low volume prints and neutrals…


  5. Great glass sculptures and colors! I saw the museum of his work in Feb. 2014 in Seattle where your cousin took the photos. fabulous. I was lucky enough to see some of Dale C.’s work in Pittsburgh (at the botanical gardens among living plants!), and at the Musuem of Glass in Tacoma. what an experience.


  6. It’s funny, the moment I saw the pictures I knew that they were Chihuly glass. We used to live in Seattle and for my 40th birthday, my husband surprised me with a trip to the glass museum in Tacoma (while 30+ weeks pregnant). I LOVE blown glass. You find Chihuly glassworks all over in the Seattle area. Just beautiful stuff.


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