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Could Cobalt Blue Become the Compelling Color of the Year?

Post #1600

Terri Webster Schrandt outdid herself in Sunday Stills with her color challenge of cobalt blue this month. Vincent Van Gogh and I seem to think it might be the most compelling color of the year. (next to apple red – I’m conflicted.) What do you think?

Cobalt is a divine color and there is nothing as fine for putting an atmosphere round things.”

Vincent Van Gogh
taken at the Van Gough event in Scottsdale, AZ

It is considered friendly, authoritative and trustworthy. Cobalt blue color is soothing and peaceful. It can suggest richness. Like azure and other medium blues, its qualities include stability and calmness.

Jacci Howard Bear

This is going to be a visual post without much commentary for the rest of the post – can you believe it? Enjoy the friendly, authoritative, soothing, peaceful, stable, calm, and trustworthy photos I’ve taken over the past few years.

Added News for WCS

  • The Prescott temps in the morning hover at 20 degrees F or less = -6.6C
  • Three inches of snow this week 12-11 – 12-17.
  • This is my 1600th post! That doesn’t count all the ones that I’ve thrown away. It sounds like a lot but if you divide by 10, that’s only 160 per year or about 13 per month. Geez, that is a lot! Am I that long-winded? Don’t answer that! Thanks for putting up with me!
  • I took the test in the book I’m reading, Learned Optimism. Can you guess how I scored? Two choices are Optimist or Pessimist (to varying degrees). How do you think you would score? The test measures two areas of thinking – How you respond to bad or good things happening to you. How you persevere under bad and good circumstances.
  • Nutter Butter is still with us despite little change. The big change is that he is done with the antibiotic which is very hard on his system, and starting 12-16-22 he is taking a liquid steroid which should help calm his digestive tract.
  • Puppy Girl gets grumpy about putting on her holiday reindeer sweatshirt. She doesn’t like going outside in the cold. Still, she wishes you a Merry Christmas.
Her reindeer sweatshirt says, “Sweet but twisted” on the back.

Photo Challenges Inspiring This Post

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  • December 20: Interview with Challenge Host, Sadje for our next post in the series. If you or someone you know someone who hosts or participates in photo or writing challenges that you love, I’d love to interview them.
  • WQW 48 – December 14: Food: Delicious Delights I’m going to need lots of inspiration for this post. What are you fixing this year? Two more days to post on WQW – Winter Wonderland
  • WQW 49 – December 21: Holiday: Christmas or Winter Solstice
  • WQW 50 – December 28: Reflections on 2022/Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review Voting for the top design for 2023.
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  1. These are some lovely cobalt blue photos, the hydrangea is stunning!
    Is 20F unusual for Arizona? It sounds like it to me, but I don’t know much about the climate there, I sort of expect those states down the south-west to always have warm weather. Your puppy girl is gorgeous and I hope Nutter Butter gets well soon.
    Cheers and I wish you a happy Christmas!

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    • Thanks, Susanne. I thought that too until I started visiting. Arizona has parts. In the norther part there are defefinitely 4 seasons, and winter is cold because of the mountains. In the central and south valleys, the weather is blistering in the summer and a Mecca for snowbirds in the winter. I wish you a Merry Christmas, too.


  2. Hi Marsha – I really love cobalt blue – my mum has just bought a new car in that colour and I must say that I’m a tad jealous. And that dog of yours with the Dobby ears is beyond cute! Merry Christmas from me and my new hip to you and your family x

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    • Thanks, Leanne. Merry Christmas from Vince, Puppy Girl, the cats and me and my old hip. Maybe Santa will bring you something cobalt blue for Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Marsha, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and PPAC. Gorgeous cobalt blue photos! Congrats on your 1600th post, too. I hope Nutter Butter’s health stays stable from now on and you all have a merry Christmas.

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  4. I so agree Marsha. I love Cobalt blue so alluring and gorgeous. It soothes the senses as do your beautiful pictures!!! “Vincent Van Gogh and I seem to think it might be the most compelling color of the year. (next to apple red โ€“ Iโ€™m conflicted.) What do you think?”
    I do sooo agree!โค๏ธ

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    • Hi Ju-Lyn, thanks for your lovely comment. I have been waiting on pins and needles for Terri’s Cobalt blue color challenge. I agree with you, it’s a great color. BTW, Prescott is a fabulous place to photograph skies. They are unrivaled here.


  5. I love cobalt blue. I have small vases of this blue in my bath holding plant cuttings. It’s lovely! I also collect sea glass, and anyone I have ever met who does the same is always looking for a piece of cobalt blue.

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    • Isn’t that an amazing car. I wish you could go to this museum. You would go crazy The only problem is the abundance of lighting, so the reflections are impossible.

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  6. Gorgeous cobalts, Marsha! That van Gogh event looks cool, was it outside? And where did you get your cobalt quotes? I struggled… Gorgeous gallery, too. Apple red is quite a compelling color as well–but it works better in classic cars than cobalt would IMO. Although the Cadillac looks amazing. I would hate to keep that car clean! I’m glad you got to share more of those blue hydrangeas–that was a good find!

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    • Thanks, Terri. The Van Gough was all inside. The temperature outside was about 110. The video show was going on in several different room simultaneously. See the people sitting on the floor.

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  7. Cobalt Blue is a wonderful color! Plus, you provided good evidence in your images. Wasn’t the Van Gogh exhibit glorious? There are competing exhibits touring. We saw both. One had the better video immersion – the other had better support exhibits, including a virtual reality tour of Van Gogh’s Arles, France. …. and I visited Arles this past October! …. and here’s my toast to Blue.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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