My house in Norwich reflected that preference – maybe a bit too much so, people often commented that they could see that I liked blue! Since then, I’ve been a bit more adventurous with the colour schemes in my home but I still love the many pieces of blue and white china and ornaments that seem to give a fresh ‘lift’ to warmer colour palettes.
|My precious plates from Delft, commemorating the births of each of my children - courtesy of saving the labels from Heinz Baby Foods!|
You may not have noticed that blue is also a colour that doesn’t show the dirt as easily as most others. I hadn’t - but I had noticed that blue paint of almost any kind, even the pigment in soft pastels, is the hardest to remove completely from fingers, brushes, palettes etc!
Because blue is associated with royalty – ‘blue blood’ apparently originating in Spain where the (blue) veins of aristocrats with no Moorish blood showed up more clearly than those with mixed ancestry.
The blue of the sky gives it an association with infinity and spirituality; the search for the elusive ‘blaue Blume’ (blue flower) in the Romantic poets such as Novalis, represents the striving for infinity It is also a fact that many of the flowers found high up on mountains are blue; so maybe that was why a 'blue flower' was chosen to represent the goal of their arduous journey!
|The slugs usually polish off my Morning Glories well before they get to the flowering stage, but the year before last I was lucky and enjoyed bloom after bloom in late October!|
Blue can often denote top quality, such as ‘blue chip’, ‘the blue ribbon’, ‘true blue’ and maybe even a ‘blue-eyed boy’ and a ‘blue-print’!
But in contrast, we have ‘blue movies’ and ‘blue humour’, arising from the fact that these have escaped the censor’s ‘blue pencil’ And the name ‘blue-stocking’ is hardly complimentary, arising as it does from mediaeval Venetian society distinguishing its members by the colour of their hose!
|Chrysants - screenprint|
But here are some gifts and other products I’ve created on Zazzle with Monaco blue as the main colour -
A selection from the 'Something Blue' range in my Zazzle store.
So once again, we have a hue with both negative and positive connotations. Blue can lift our spirits or make us depressed.