1. I use Daniel Smith paint almost exclusively (made in Seattle). I have, well, LOTS of tubes of paint - many of which I rarely use, preferring to stick with a basic limited palette of color favorites. Some of those neglected paints were put to work for this piece. 

Manganese Blue Hue     Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Indanthrone Blue            Nickel Azo Yellow
Quinacridone Sienna      Deep Scarlet

Mix any of the blues with the yellow for a variety of greens, and mix the Sienna or Scarlet with the blues to make brown.
2.  The swirling, dripping, blotchy glazes on the pots were intriguing. Those patterns were applied first with random hard and soft edges.

Masking fluid was applied in the first step before any paint was used. It reserved the edges of the trailing ivy and the light rims of the pots.
Pottery Potpourri - watercolor painting demo 
5.  The overall heavy, hard-surfaced character of the painting is softened with a bit of living greenery, leading the eye to the focal point.

4. Layers of the intense Quinacridone Sienna bring more interest to the focal point. 

Building up the dark end of the value range gives depth to the painting.
3.  The small brown pot near the center will ultimately be the focal point, but the large blue and brown pot in the lower left makes a strong statement, too.

Here is where the dark Indanthrone Blue comes into play glazed over the Manganese Blue Hue in the upper pots.
Watercolor demonstration of pottery by Lisa Hill  Step 1
Watercolor demonstration of pottery by Lisa Hill  Step 2
Watercolor demonstration of pottery by Lisa Hill  Step 3
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Watercolor demonstration of pottery by Lisa Hill  Step 6
6.  Light-valued greens and oranges are repeated in the background to pull everything together.

Pottery Potpourri is the first of several paintings I have in mind using plant containers.
Watercolor painting of colorful pottery by artist Lisa Hill
Pottery Potpourri
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Watercolor Demo
Pottery Potpourri
Stacks of colorful, weighty planters can be just as pleasing as a garden of colorful, delicate flowers. Whenever I am in the Seattle area, I make time to browse through Molbak's, a plant nursery and gift shop chock full of flora and doodads. I wander through the knickknacks and sweet scents, but spend most of my time with the plants and their various accoutrements.
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