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