Friday, May 13, 2011


To me there is nothing like the BLUE color of Icelandic sky with its cool and soothing palette, particularly the cotton cloud formations; images of elf and gremlin like creatures.  I remember as a little girl lying on the grassy lawn of my childhood home staring up at the clouds; once I figured out a shape of a duck or a bird it would turn into an elephant or a mermaid. Arngunnur Yr, an Icelandic contemporary painter, manages to stir my emotions and allows me to dream of the Icelandic skies of my childhood in her wonderful mysterious paintings.

Blue is the color of sky and water. From the time of the ancient Egyptians, the blue depths of water personified the female principle, while sky blue was associated with the male principle. Blue is the color of all heavenly gods and stands for distance, for the divine, and for the spiritual.

Blue was commonly used in art depicting the Virgin Mary. One of the most celebrated in Chartres Cathedral, the beautiful Blue Virgin Window is a rare Romanesque survivor from about 1150.  The Virgin sits crowned and enthroned, robed in blue against a ruby background. Angels support her throne and surround it on both sides, swinging censers and holding candlesticks. A dove descends onto her head from above, its beak connected with her halo by three blue rays.
Put some blue in your life when you want:

    relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation. 

to open the flow of communication

To broaden your perspective in learning new information.  

Ray Charles was born and raised in Albany, Ga.  In honor of him we have Ray Charles plaza here in Albany.  

                                  BLUE for solitude and peace.

Next time WHITE...

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful! Thank you Svala!