Mystic Blue

Using blue in a painting, other than where it is considered natural, generally promotes feelings of depression, sadness and mystery.

One of my favourite artists who went through a ‘blue period’ was Picasso, from 1901 to 1906.  All of his works during this time depict strong feelings of gloom and despair.

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The Absinthe Drinker (after Picasso), and Judith and Holofernes (after Goya).

I too, like many other artists have been influenced by blue art. Whilst doing a self-study of art, I would often attempt to reproduce the Masters. I painted (amongst others), the Absinthe Drinker in oils, and did a lino cutting of the same work. I also copied Judith and Holofernes, after Goya. This taught me new skills about colour and technique which I could add to my own work.

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As I am a nature enthusiast, I find that applying blue in landscapes, depicting storms, dawn, dusk, and the moon adds mystery to the painting.  The universe is a mystery, and the only part of that mystery I understand is that God created it.  It is too magnificent for my little brain to grasp, so I try to portray a little piece of that mystery in my art.

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Other than purple, blue is a wonderful colour to express shadow and coolness, as can be seen in the images above.  I live in a hot part of the world, and although I love the heat and the sun, I enjoy expressing coolness in African landscapes, because the shade is one of those pleasures every living being constantly seeks during an African summer.

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I have added a few more blue artworks above.   Blue works well in fantasy art and adds a nice atmosphere to still-life art.


You are soulful, true. 
Even to your hues. 
You know the rue; 
On this I chew.
Yes, Blue you wooed
While the soul brewed.
You are faithful to you.
This is your portion -
Your glue.
-C. Street. 

Copyright © Caroline Street. All rights reserved.

9 thoughts on “Mystic Blue

  1. I agree with Kaya. I learned something new about blue in art like how adding blue in places that are not natural creates the effect of sadness or also coolness. I’d hadn’t analyzed the effect of blue. I can can sense the mystery you speak of in your art. Beautiful art and poetry as always!

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    1. Thank you very much. I am glad you found a learning point. I have always loved blue, it does speak. Funny, even when I buy a book, it is usually one with a blue cover. I have never been disappointed. 🦋🦋🦋

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  2. I learned today something interesting about blue color. I never felt that it’s sad or depressing, perhaps a little bit cold. I can say that you can feel blue color, you can play with it beautifully, that it’s not a mysterious for you. And you can create an amazing Art!

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    1. Thank you Kaya. I feel colour and it can affect my moods etc. Most of all it makes the world go round! My favorite colour is green, but I love all colors as there is a place for each one. 💚🧡💛❤


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