Blue

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, blue can be defined as a color, discolored by or as if by bruising, low in spirits, puritanical, and tending to support Democrats in a general election.  The word blue is of Germanic origin and its first known use was in the 13th Century.  Today’s it’s the name of rap/pop music couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z’s infant daughter.  “Blue” has invaded celebrity culture.

On the other hand, blue is an amazing and beautiful color.  Silvery and whispery light to dark midnight variations, the pigment evokes a wide range of emotions.  As a result, I never tire of gazing at the ocean or being by water.  Living in California, the ocean’s blue color changes from early morning light to late night.  Every day I climb the “mountain” behind my neighborhood surrounded by the sky and water.  It gives a sense of perspective to preserve the quality and meaning in the new day.

Shades of blue…

Blue is one of the seven colors visible in the light spectrum.  It appears in nature in the water, sky, flowers, butterflies, gems, fish, fruit, birds, and etc…  Naturalist and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau: “A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.”

Blue highlights are in abundance at my Aunt’s French countryside retreat…

Also, the color can represent calm and despair.  For example, the artist Pablo Picasso went through his blue period from 1901 to 1904.  His paintings were only created in shades of blue and green.  During that time, he traveled through Spain and his close friend committed suicide.  As a result, he suffered from depression and struggled financially.  Picasso: “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”  At that time, the Blue Period pieces wouldn’t sell but today they’re the most sought after for collectors and auction houses.

According to art critic Jon Ruskin: “Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”  Perhaps I’m going through my blue stage as an artist.  Whatever it is, the journey is worth traveling…

Where can blue lead you?

The links:

http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/picbro.shtml

http://www.thoreausociety.org/_news_abouthdt.htm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/513091/John-Ruskin/215826/Art-criticism

http://www.pablopicasso.org/

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