The color Blue has been referred to as a magical hue that has the power to induce relaxation, tranquility and inspiration and even connect us to highest states of consciousness. Suffice to say, if you want to bring any of those qualities into your physical surroundings, seek art with the color blue. You can choose from many different shades of the color found in a variety of styles of art. Varieties of the color blue may differ in hue, chroma (also called saturation, intensity, or colorfulness), or lightness (or value, tone, or brightness).
In this presentation, we share “Blue” artwork by famous artists from the past as well as several contemporary artist members of The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS online art gallery. We also offer some fascinating facts about the benefits of the color blue and famous quotes.
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Claude Monet created many paintings that incorporated the color blue, such as “Blue Water Lilies”, shown above. The calming presence of the color blue in this painting is undeniable.
The “Blue Nudes” is a series of color lithographs by Henri Matisse made from cut-outs depicting nude figures in various positions. The artist created them by cutting and painting sheets of paper by hand, after his cancer operation, and continued until his death in 1954. You may want to read more about his series of cut-outs in “Henri Matisse and The Healing Power of Art”.
“Blue” is the name of four watercolor paintings that Georgia O’Keeffe made in 1916. It was one of the sets of watercolors that she made exploring a monochromatic palette with designs that were non-representational of specific objects.
About the color blue, Wassily Kandinsky wrote, “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 Italian artist Giotto communicated his powerful obsession with the color blue in his painting of the ceiling of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Northern Italy.
Raoul Dufy noted, “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones. It will always stay blue.”
Picasso had his renowned “Blue Period” between 1900 and 1904. It was his response to his emotional turmoil and financial destitution. The color dominates every piece and the mood that pervades these works is one of profound melancholy.
You can read more about these artists and their use of color in the article “Master Artists and Their Relationship With Color”.
Member Artists Share Art With the Color “Blue”
We hope you enjoy this presentation “Blue” by some of the participating member artists, who use this color in different ways. Click on their names to visit their pages. Also visit their websites to view more of their artwork.
Tanis Bula is an extraordinary internationally renowned artist whose life-affirming floral bouquets and serene landscapes and water scenes have won many awards. You will find her artwork in many private and public collections, bringing joy and positivity to people around the world. She states, “In nature the light and shadows are always forming complex shapes, textures, patterns and colors.”
Did you know this about the color blue? In color therapy, blue governs the throat and the thyroid, so has an important role to play both in speech and communication, and in the body’s metabolic functions.
Andrea Robinson exhibits widely within New Zealand and internationally in galleries and alternative-space exhibitions in addition to international on-line international galleries. The award-winning environmentally conscious artist states, “Creating artwork is as important to me as the air that I breathe. I love celebrating nature and paint our natural environment to inspire and uplift viewers.”
Did you know these facts about the color blue? Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color. Blue birds can’t see the color blue. Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.
Known for his “Capturing Nature’s Eternal Aura” paintings, Peter N. Van Giesen is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has had many exhibitions including those at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. He shares, “I reach into the fabric of the world to explore the dynamics of tension and elasticity, creating images based on the interplay between darkness and light…”
Did you know this about the color blue? The color blue has a Biblical meaning symbolizing heavenly grace. The Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing blue clothing. And, John Ruskin professed, “Blue color is everlasting appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”
Beth Sheridan is an extraordinary photographer who captures breathtaking moments that exude hope and resilience. Her nature-inspired works of art are life-affirming and magical. She explores a variety of themes ranging from cultural identity, to tradition and heritage, to place and light.
Did you know this fact about the color blue? Softer shades of blue are ideal for capturing tranquil and relaxing landscape photos. The tones are even and there is no worry about poor dynamic range. The only challenge to “blue hour” photography is that it’s available for a short period of time.
Her many of the accolades Mary Chaplin has received include having her art published in several publications including on the cover of Artists Magazine. The artist states, “I share my strength, my positivity, energy built by the balance and power of colors, shapes in light keeping the ephemeral feeling beauty and frailty, as a metaphor for life in general.”
Did you know this fact about the color blue? The word ‘Ultramarine’ comes from the Latin ‘ultra’ meaning ‘beyond’ and ‘mare’ meaning ‘sea’. It is one of the oldest blue pigments. The earliest evidence of this color’s use is in 6-7th c AD and can be found in the Temples of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
Kelsey Worth is an accomplished fine artist and instructor living in the heart of San Diego, California. She exhibits her artwork at local galleries including the San Diego Watercolor Society, the San Dieguito Art Guild, and Ashton Gallery. Her new exquisite watercolors convey important messages about conservation.
Did you know this about the color blue? Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.
Nimi Trehan is a Maryland based artist with a background in Art and Interior design. She creates gorgeous paintings with lustrous colors of her native India. She captures nature’s beautiful depth and diversity with a stylistic interpretation using gestural brush strokes and dynamic compositions. Nimi’s paintings are in the collections of numerous individuals and corporations locally and internationally.
Did you know this fact about the color blue? Art with a predominance of blue is highly recommended for therapy rooms, where it will aid recovery, and in offices where it will enhance learning and clear thinking.
Monique J. DuFour is an expressive abstract painter known for creating “Healing Art”. She has received several honors and accolades for her art and her collectors span the globe. Monique paints with unbridled spontaneity from the heart and enjoys creating customized paintings for her clients that provide personalized healing energies for them.
Did you know this about the color blue? Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.
Roopa Dudley creates bold, colorful and dramatic paintings that engage the senses and challenge the intellect. She has exhibited her art in many juried exhibitions. She states, “I try to tell a story with the paintings I create. My purpose is to give a visual voice to Abstract Concepts and Dreams.”
Did you know this about the color blue? There is evidence that as early as 600 BC the Mayans used their own blue. Maya Blue can be found in the ancient city of Chichén Itzá. The pigment came into prominence in the 8th century, when it was widely used to paint murals of the classical Maya period.
Vicki P. Maguire is an award winning artist living in South Carolina. As a plein air artist, light is vital to her creative process. She also conveys the contrasting and complementary nuances of color . She is committed to creating artwork that is uplifting and joyful and her art fulfills those needs for many residential and corporate clients. Her art is often described as “ethereal” or “hopeful”.
Did you know this fact about the color blue? It has been said that royal blue was created by millers in Rode, Somerset, a consortium of which won a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. Imperial blue is recorded as an alternative name for the traditional royal blue color.
Dorit Brauer’s paintings in her “Cosmic Resurgence Series” were painted with different shades of blue. They induce relaxation, tranquility and inspiration and may connect viewers to highest states of consciousness. Each painting takes us on a different inner journey.
She shares this about the color blue: “I chose blue as the predominant color in my 2020 ‘Cosmic Resurgence Series’ for it’s calming effect. In many cultures blue is the bringer of peace and symbolizes protection and truth.”
Mary Lou Dauray, an artist from California, has had many exhibitions throughout the U.S. including one at the Virginia Museum. Her Iceland oil paintings were shown at the Olympics in London under the auspices of “Art of the Olympians”. She affirms, “My art reflects my creative response to both travel experiences and a deep concern about the causes and effects of the destruction of the earth’s climate…”
Did you know this fact about the color blue? Blue in feng shui has a natural affinity with water and so shares with this element the potential to be either still and calming or freely flowing and liberated.
Julia Underwood creates vibrant paintings with rich colors, rhythmic curves and fluid movement that evoke feelings of bliss and tranquility. She applies her knowledge of feng shui principles in her art that spans a range of styles and is always positive and hopeful.
She shares this about the color blue: “The water element and the flow of communication. Blue supports the flow of information. Light blues promotes peace and calm. Dark Blues are good for safely and security and security and is good for Wealth & Blessings and Career areas of your home or office.”