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Blue

Sky blues.

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings.  The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.

~ Wassily Kandinsky

Blue joy. (Mixed media — Watercolors on Canson watercolor paper photographed and double exposed with a photo of turkey buzzards gliding by in the sky.)

This post is in response to Susannah Conway’s April Love 2018 prompt for today:  Blue.

Blue is such a beautiful color.  To be honest, I think that about most colors but there is something special about blue.  I’m not the only one who thinks so.  According to Sensational Color, blue is the most popular “favorite color.”  This is an easy photo prompt for me because blue is a prominent color here where sea and sky and land meet, where many shades of blue come together between sky and water on the horizon.  Sometimes the blues are so similar it is difficult to tell where water ends and sky begins.

Ghost blues in the meadow.

As someone born in December, I have the good fortune of having three blue birthstones: zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise.  Turquoise is one of my favorite shades of blue.  When I meditate with my eyes closed, turquoise is often the color that I “see.”  I am told it is not unusual to see colors when one meditates.  There are a variety of theories, the most common being that the colors are part of a healing experience and the color itself may (or may not) relate to a specific chakra.  Blue, in case you’re wondering, is related to the throat chakra which is associated with communication (speech, voice, hearing), expression (creativity), a sense of purpose, and the spiritual or intuitive realm.

Nebula.  Another mix of watercolor painting and photography (inspired by my meditation this morning).

Blue, they say, is the color to turn to when you feel stressed.  It has calming properties, helping the body produce soothing chemicals.  It is also considered a cool and cooling color.  I used various shades of blue and gray throughout the house when we painted to help us chill a bit during the summer months when the heat and humidity are forces to be reckoned with.

Periwinkle blue.

Blue is one of the first colors to show up in the spring flowers here on the ranch.  Some of the crocuses in the garden are blue (although they often look purple in photographs) and the periwinkles in the cemetery, usually the second flowers in this area to bloom in the early spring, are also blue.  Our Eastern Bluebirds begin to really show off their blue when spring arrives, going from the muted blues of winter to a brilliant royal blue.

Blue abstract. (Watercolors on Canson watercolor paper, digitally enhanced.)

I could spend all day showing and telling you about blue, but I don’t think you have all day to read and look so I’ll wrap this up now.  Thank you so much for visiting today, and taking a short meander with me into the color blue.  How do you feel about the color blue?  What is your favorite shade of blue?

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Persian speedwell, another little blue flower that blooms in spring.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  626)  The many shades of blue.  627)  A delicious miso — with vegetables and noodles — soup for lunch today.  628)  The greening of spring.  629)  Morning meditation at sunrise. 630)  Dancing in the living room for no particular reason other than the joy of it.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

16 thoughts on “Blue

  1. Your photos here are stunning–that top photo and those little flowers at the bottom–wow! All of our bedrooms–painted at different times–ended-up in shades of blue.
    My favorite shade of blue might be the periwinkle of those flowers. Maybe. 🙂
    I also thought of Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.

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  2. Blue is also the color of faith. In icons and old paintings, a woman with a blue robe is most often Mary, who can add grit, perseverance and radical trust to the mix. I like turquoise as well, and any blue that makes me think of water or an evening sky.

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  3. Beautiful images. I think I love blue because of the sky: it makes me feel alive. I tend to favour warm colours (maybe because I’m from Yorkshire and need warming up?!) but I do like to temper these with plenty of greens and blues and purples. Oh, actually, I think I love all colours.

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    1. Thank you, Ali. 🙂 I had to laugh at your last sentence because I end up coming to the same conclusion about my favorite color. They’re all good.

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  4. LOVE blue – and it’s a part of my 3 fave colors of purple, green and blue. Fave shafe of blue – that deep twilight blue right before the sky becomes a night sky. 💙💜💚

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