I'm thinking and dreaming blue these days while I work on an art piece for the Museo Gallery Medieval Show (opens January 25).
Blue was sacred in the middle ages, only kings, popes and the Virgin Mary in the many paintings made of her, could wear blue robes. Indigo and woad, the sources of blue, were rare and precious. For centuries, blue was the color of power and wealth...indigo-dyed textiles have been found in Egyptian tombs. Of course, blue is the color of sea and sky, and has such beautiful words for all its shades - lapis lazuli, Fra Angelico, azure, and cerulean, sapphire, cobalt, periwinkle, amethyst and ultramarine.
I was reading about blue in Nori and Sandra Pope's classic book "Color By Design". It's a work both practical and poetic.
I loved this quote from the book, linking blue with quiet, cold days like today. From Swiss color theorist Johannes Itten "Blue is a power like that of nature in winter, when all germination and growth is hidden in darkness and silence." Such comfort to think of all that is happening underground, ready to burst forth as the days lengthen and the weather warms.
What blue flowers do you plan to grow this spring and summer? I'll try, probably unsuccessfully, to avoid planting more iris and delphinium beautiful as they are. But I can never resist allium or cammasia...