From the Art of Jazz Series by A Horsnell Wade
Blue is cool, calm and high above us. Blue is the brilliance of a peacock, and the shadow beside you. Blue is a song full of regret and longing. Blue is a sapphire, a piece of ice and the nose of a boat. Blue is a berry, tasty and sweet, and blue are the eyes that hold us spellbound. Moody blue. True blue.
Blue spills onto my palette and whispers across the canvas quite often. I love the softness of blue, the reassurance and quiet hush of blue. Blue can sound like a secret, taste like the ocean and feel like your favourite denim jeans.
Blue knows many names such as cobalt, manganese, cerulean, phthalo, and ultramarine. Blue colours dishes like Delft, wedgewood and willow. Blue trivia is boundless and full of interesting "blue" facts and fantasies.
I turn to blue in my abstract paintings when I want comfort and a soft shoulder to lean on. I squeeze out blue from the tube when the painting speaks of late night guitar riffs or saxophone solos. The painting asks for blue in a sultry voice or when inspiration rises from a planet called home.
How does blue speak to you? What are your favourite blue artworks? Share your thoughts on blue. All comments welcome.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art