Colour Project – Blue, Part 1
“I never get tired of the blue sky” Vincent Van Gogh
“Blue colour is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight” – John Ruskin
“Blue is the only colour which maintains it’s own character in all it’s tones…it will always stay blue; where as yellow is blackened in its’ shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another colour – pink” Raoul Dufy
Blueberries, Lapis Lazuli, Azure, Skyblue, Ultramarine, Ocean, Cobalt, Cool, Sky, Calm, Cyan, Cold, Reflection, Trust, Turquoise, Aqua, Ice, Water, Sadness, Winter, Police, Royalty, Boys, Magic, Conservatism, Capitalism, Depression, Indigo, Woad, Azurite, Cerulean Blue, Prussian Blue, Blue Print, Cornflower, Royal, Navy, Picasso’s “Blue period”, The Blues, Powder Blue.
Time and again in research blue is the world’s favourite colour. It is calming, it’s the colour of the mind rather than the body – affects us mentally. It promotes communication and connectedness, will facilitate clear thought.
In Mexico, blue is the colour of morning, in Judaism blue signifies holiness, for the Chinese immortality.
19th century British Scientist John Tyndall used an image of the sea to explain the colour of the sky. “Think of an ocean…waves crashing against land – when they hit a huge cliff, the waves stop; if they meet a rock, only smaller waves are affected; a pebble changes the course of only the tinniest of waves. It is the same with light from the sun going through the atmosphere – biggest wave lengths (Red) are usually unaffected; only the smallest ones (Blue & Violet) which are scattered by tiny pebble like molecules in the sky give the human eye the sensation of blue…At sunset when the air is polluted with molecules of dust & over the seas, salt particles – act as rocks not pebbles disturbing the wave lengths of light – the sky will seem orange or red.(Sources – Colour by Victoria Finlay and Sensational Colour)
“There is no blues without yellow and without orange” – Vincent Van Gogh