43 – Blue *

Special thanks to Marina for providing the photos of her paintings. Marina is in Greece and I encourage readers to visit her blog Marina Kavanaki: Art Toward a Happy Day. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Marina’s work is copyrighted by Marina Kavanaki.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on the feet.

I think of a map or a globe displaying so much blue for our earthly home. That blue signifies water covering over 70 percent of Earth’s surface. That same blue giving Earth a nickname – the Blue Planet. That same blue that the late, great Carl Sagan used to coin The Pale Blue Dot.

Why think of blue? It is the color of my eyes and a color associated with fair skin. But, I cannot think of reasons not to think of blue as I walk.

I notice the water here is not blue – but with a greenish tone – sometimes with a touch of brown. The greenish hue is normal here, and not Caribbean Blue or Ligueran Blue. Maybe a walk thinking about green will be on another day.

Looking at the color spectrum, I notice blues are the shades between green and violet – but today’s sky is without a rainbow displaying that visual spectrum. Skies and water appear blue because they reflect blue while absorbing the other colors.

Radiant blue with a touch of pink is the color of the Portuguese Man-of-War that occasionally wash ashore here – but I don’t think my skin would be blue from one of their stings.

Blue is one of the primary colors of paint. Combine blue and green to get turquoise, teal, and aquamarine. Combine blue with black, gray, or white for different shades of blue. Combine blue with red for violet – or blue with yellow for green. However, the proportions of each is the determining factor of the shade.

When we think of shades of blue, a seemingly endless list of terms come to mind – azure, cobalt, sapphire, palis, sky, navy, lapis, Egyptian, midnight, dark, royal, indigo, baby, periwinkle, powder, marine, marine, morning, ice, neon, and many more.

Sports teams identify with blue. Dodger blue, Dolphins blue, and Carolina blue are vastly different – yet quite different than St. Louis blue for the team that also goes by the Blues.

Besides identifying sports teams, blue is a key color on the flag of many nations. Even though blue is not on the Italian flag, the Italian national soccer team is known as the Azuri … the Blues .. which is the color of their uniforms – but not the same color as the St. Louis Blues.

Blue is more than a color because it plays many roles in language. Blue can be an adjective, noun, or even a verb – so it takes many other forms as bluing, blued, blues, bluer, bluest, and blueness. Many of these are related to color – but not all.

There are blue whales, blue crabs, and blue-green algae; as well as Bluetooth, Blue Danube, Blue Bayou, blue cheese, blue moon, and more.

Feeling blue is about being down, depressed, sad, unhappy, or melancholy. Blue to wash or make blue is a verb that won’t remove those feelings.

One can be blue in the face from exhaustion or speechlessness, but that is very different from blue skin color due to cold, bruising, or even a sign of death.

Out of the blue can be sudden or unexpected – but the fleeting thought escapes into the blue.

Whereas blue-collar refers to the working class, blue bloods are the rich, the high social class, the entitled, even nobility.

While true blue refers to the faithful and loyal, blue also carries the revealing message of “It’s a boy.”

Traditions say brides should have something blue, yet blue is also the color of Christianity’s season of Advent – a time of waiting – but brides don’t like to wait.

Blue is a color many associate with a military branch or the police who are the men and women in blue – yet others have dress blues as part of their uniform.

Blue can symbolize – but blue is also the off-color, risque, and profane found as movies, books, stores, and jokes.

One can get special treatment for being someone’s blue-eyed boy, swim in a blue lagoon, participate in the blue flu, be part of the blue hair demographic, or drink until they are blue in the gills – which have nothing to do with those living in politically blue states or even Little Boy Blue.

When we fly above the clouds, we notice the sky blue that the clouds may hide to those on the ground – yet it is blue that appears when the clouds depart. Blue is dreaming of flying off into the wild blue yonder. Blue is also the sea of dreams as I look across the water as I walk.

Blue – a good set of positive thoughts for my day that are not blue – but a good reason why I like walking on the beach – which is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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181 thoughts on “43 – Blue *”

  1. Blimey Frank that’s a heck of a post about a single colour, almost a whole book! Brilliant! I was born in a tiny fishing village, house about 20 yards from the sea so we had regular mini floods. The beach and dunes was my playground, dangerous but fun! We live about 250 miles away from there now but for the first 10 years of our retirement we had a holiday home back in the area about 50 yards from the sea. Nowadays I miss the sound of the breakers, the blue of the sea on a clear blue sky day, and fishing from the beach.

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    1. DrB,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on the fine sands of my personal beach. Many thanks for sharing bits of your personal story with the sea. and beach. A part of you remains there, and that part appreciates your return. 🙂 I invite you to look around this space. Each walk focuses on a topic, so your past may be calling you to another essay.

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  2. So happy and honored being part of your Blue tribute, my dear Frank and I love all your Blue thoughts!
    And a little trivia on blue pigments and a chemical analysis of the paintings you’ve gracefully included here: Lapis lazuli, azurite, cobalt oxide with aluminum oxide, woad and true indigo [Indigofera tinctoria] are some of the main sources to create blue pigments. 😉
    Happy Thursday, my dear friend!
    Yamas!!

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  3. Blue had always been my favorite color as a child, young adult, and until my 60s or so when all of a sudden I wanted to reflect my inner feelings at that age – and I became a fan of red. Not that I was more angry about my life – I just was ready to let my passion for life fly free – to me that was bold and red. Anyway, enough about me – I love your analysis of blue. Beautiful artwork accompanying your thoughts too!

    Pam

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  4. A comprehensive reflection of the colour. It is not one of my favourites and yet it makes up a surprising number of articles of clothing. It is a safe colour, a respected colour. And one that I always wore to an interview. It puts people at ease.

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      1. I think I read it many years ago about the best way to do a job interview. I actually had an outfit that I wore on all my first interviews. Blue shoes not too high, blue skirt, blue jacket, white shirt, silk scarf.

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  5. Wonderful art Frank, and as always an exhaustive study of your subject. Our world today is quite rainy and dreary but we have power, heat and water so I’m not complaining. Hope things are looking good down there for your special day!

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    1. Tina,
      Good morning SOUTH Carolina. 😉 … I couldn’t resist. Glad you enjoyed my peaceful assault on the color blue and Marina’s art. Seems your weather today was what I had yesterday. The good news is that sunny skies are coming your way. Thoughts and prayers for many Texans – and fortunately their temperatures are and will be rising!

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      1. Sunny skies? What’s that?! Unfortunately rain and cloudy skies have been the norm for us this month – not something we’re used to. It’s only the misery of our friends in colder climes that keep us from complaining Frank! I’d say it makes us BLUE but that would be too corny!!

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  6. Frank,

    A lovely post featuring our beautiful Marina’s awesome work. She is so very talented, isn’t she? Lovely. And one doesn’t realise just how many ways blue comes into the picture. It’s not my favourite colour but I do like it very much. And I have been remarking on the different shades of blue the sky is, depending on the seasons. Right now, the shade warns us not to be fooled by the sunlight – it’s cold out there!
    Lovely, Frank.

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      1. She truly is. And delightful is but a small part of her wonderfulness! Oh yeah… don’t be trusting that bright shade of blue!
        PS. You do, do you? 😉

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    1. Ah… thank you so much!! Yes, ‘Aqua Marina’ has been one of my nicknames! 😉
      That painting is from my “Paths of Colors” watercolor series, “Turquoise, Green & Blue”.
      It was an honor coexisting with Franks brilliant blue thoughts!

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    2. Barbara,
      Hooray … glad I was able to bring your favorite color to the early part of your day. I’m thrilled that you enjoy Marina’s art … and thanks for identifying your favorite – one that I also greatly enjoy! Meanwhile, your steely sea is such a contrast to many other places. Nothing like the beauty of battleship gray water. 😉

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  7. Awww…. blushing big time! Actually, blue isn’t my favorite color either with the exception of prussian blue, turquoise and a few other shades. But in painting, I tend to forget and let the paintbrush decide! 😉
    Frank, as you know first hand, is an amazing host and a great friend. So it’s an honor being here and his blue thoughts are great …food for thought! 😉 xoxoxo

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    1. Lovely! There are particularly lovely shades of blue, indeed. I imagine in painting, it’s a whole other thing!
      Yes, Frank is. And I particularly liked this one. Must be a mix between writing and images. 😉

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    1. Meg,
      “Versatile” is a great descriptor for blue … thank you! The colors of the ocean not only range day-to-day, but also from place to place – so all ocean blues are not the same … and in the northern Gulf of Mexico, green is the dominant hue. Glad you enjoyed this tribute to blue, and thanks for walking along.

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  8. Blue is my absolute favorite color, and one of the bonuses of living in Maine in the winter is the piercing blue skies we get on sunny days. I really, really like Marina’s art, vibrant and deep. Also, as always, thanks for the wonderful music. I am listening to it now.

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    1. Laurie,
      From the comments I’ve seen so far, you are not alone with blue as a favorite. Oh, the beauty of the piercing blue skies with the snow and barren trees … a beautiful picture to imagine. Glad you enjoyed the music — and for me, the images in it are wonderful (but I did spot a duplicate. Cheers to your appreciation for Marina’s art. I hope to feature them again in the future. 🙂

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  9. Blue used to be my favorite color, but somewhere along the line I switched preferences. I still like it, of course, and am amazed at just how many shades of blue there are. Years ago, I had a snow-white Spitz and was told to wash him in bluing shampoo to keep his furs white. Who knew??

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  10. Out of the blue…a beautiful collaboration, you two! 🙂 I’ve enjoyed ALL of your arts, Marina’s, ever since Rebecca Budd introduced you through her blog. Your blues are always in motion with a warmth not usually associated with this cool color. And, Frank, walking with you along the warm water is comforting and contemplative during this long, cold, snowy winter in the North. My favorite blues are are blends with gray and/or green, not true blue.

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    1. Frank is such a great host and I’m honored he included these with his blue thoughts.
      I’m so grateful to Rebecca for introducing us, Mary Jo and very happy you enjoyed these blue paintings. I’m with you on your blue choices. xoxo

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  11. marina – my favorite image of this post was your art in the first photo
    the shoes and negative space around the abstract was a powerful one to
    start with and lead us – and the flow after that was blue-tastic

    and i like your m signature in the shape of that heart!
    💙💙

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    1. Aww… thank you! What an interpretation! I love the blue-tastic!
      It is from my watercolor series titled “Atom Sea”, that one is Atom Sea #16. They were all ‘sea’ to me in an abstract, however very definite [to me], way. I do love how you saw it! 🙂

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    1. I bet you look good in every color! ….but then, I’m a huge fan of you, my extra-talented friend!!!!
      No need to praise Frank to you… you know him well and from knowing me too, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear how much I enjoyed this! Love to you, my art attacked friend, but better [I hope]! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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    2. Resa,
      First of all, that’s a great song – even better is that I recall your connection.. (But I will keep my mouth sealed) I know you know Marina’s art well – so thanks for your kind words about this collaborative effort. Plus, you join a large group here saying blue is their favorite color. So – what the wardrobe color that is best for you?

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  12. I enjoyed Marina’s art and it didn’t make me feel blue. 🙂 Nor did your far-ranging thoughts about the color and its many faces, although I’m not blue in the face. One thing that caught my attention was the distinction in outlook towards people that blue makes when paired with collar vs. blood. Not sure why that stood out, but it was interesting to contemplate. Then of course the song “Love is Blue” came to mind. I like the color blue and it always seems like a happy a/o rich color to me rather than something sad, although I have seen some cold blues in my life in the Midwest.

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Glad you enjoyed Marina’s art. For me, some of her work has a playful feel. She and I laugh when I mention how much I adore the Marina Swoosh. In her posts featuring her painting, she would usually have a closeup, and that always impressed me because that degree of detail with watercolors seems complicated to my non-painter eyes. Glad you enjoyed the words part of this walk, too. Thank you. Cheers to you working in various blue-isms into your response – which caused me to smile! 🙂

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  13. Nice paintings! Blue is a favourite colour of mine, reflected in our house, but I confess to often feeling blue. Always grateful when it passes. Mykonos- another favourite! Followed by a blue rose. My mother had one called Blue Moon of which she was very proud. 🙂 🙂

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  14. You ventured- literally- into the wild blue yonder for this post, Frank.

    One of my favorite colors, and thank you for that mention of Dolphins blue . . which most people never talk about. It’s a keeper as far as I’m concerned. As is that classic Dodger blue, even if I’m not a fan of LA.

    And blue as a color is so dynamic. From the baby blue of a vintage Cadillac to the navy blue of the Bronx Bombers.

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  15. I love your thoughts on blue, Frank, and Marina’s artwork is gorgeous. Wonderful pairing. 🙂 I just came from exploring red with Merril so this was an interesting contrast of colors.

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  16. Marina’s art is beautiful, so fluid, and works well with your in depth analysis of blue. In Cornish there is a single word, glas, which can capture all the colours of the water: blue, green, pale grey.

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  17. I don’t know for certain if this is true but I once read that some Native American tribes made no distinction between blue and green, calling those two colors by one name, one word for both. I think on that every once in a while, wondering how different my life would be if they were one.

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  18. What a beautiful colllaboration Frank with Marina.
    Beautiful images and words on
    Blue… Did you make it on your birthday for your walk isn’t it today or did I miss a post. Oh my days have been fouled up and I so apologize. good thing I was early but I know it’s just ONE day you celebrate! 🤣🤗🌈🌈🌈🥰😘

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    1. Cindy,
      Glad you enjoyed this collaboration with Marina = and I’m extra happy that you enjoyed her paintings. This is the first published beach walk since “Birthdays” walk – so you didn’t miss anything. More specifically, I did not take a pre-sunrise beach walk on my birthday because it was too cold – plus beach access in those conditions is not easy. So I simply spent some time on the balcony. Oh well … maybe next year.

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  19. I won’t look at the color blue or the word blue the same way after reading your post! You always consider every angle and bring in so many ideas. Lovely illustrations too. Will have to check her out. Have a good weekend. No freeze here last night – may be a warming trend as the sun is out too! Feeling grateful.

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    1. Kinge,
      Welcome first-time walker on the sands of my beach. Glad you enjoyed this walk featuring blue. This walk is typical as I aim for relaxation and provoking thought, but with different topics. I invite you to look around to see if anything captures your interest … and I hope you return.

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  20. I love blue pigment, and as you say, it comes in so many grades of hue, so many tints and shades. And it’s what in art is called a fugitive colour. Also, perhaps because of the problem I have with my eyes at the moment, when it’s blue light (not pigment) I become almost blind. I’ve had trouble getting focus when taking photos in that blue light before dawn, even when I’ve uploaded to computer (cos it still is light, not pigment)

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    1. Crispina,
      Yes, blue is very interesting – but the dichotomy of the comment is what captures my attention. From your love for the blue pigment to the difficulty blue light gives you. … and fugitive color is a new term for me. Many thanks for sharing, and I hope your visual problem improves.

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  21. Marina’s artwork is always stellar. I never get tired of viewing it. Her gentle spirit comes through
    in every creation. Bravo to these you’ve added, aFrank. Great choices …
    Blue symbolizes youth, spirituality, truth and peace. Let us have more blue skies so we may find all
    of these in our daily lives. Be Safe … 😷 🙏🏻 😊
    Isadora 😎

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      1. Looking forward to that post, aFrank.
        Florida is closing some vaccine places due to lack of the vaccine. The snow and ice storms have delayed delivery. I’ll wait until they’re supply increases. Thanks for asking. Be Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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  22. Great post from beginning to end. Marina’s art and colors perfect for this reflection. …as well as the sea sounds and the beautiful final video. Shades of blues, some of my favorite colors that take me back to the seas 💙

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