The Colour Blue

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.”Raoul Dufy

Blue is one of the most recognizable colours in the world but, when was it invented? On the visible light spectrum green and blue are only 35mm apart. Meaning that green and blue in old languages meant the same word. Blue has not been documented in the past in various examples. Then when blue natural resources were found they were regarded as rare and precious.

The colour blue symbolises:
  • Stability
  • Loyalty
  • Confidence
  • Intelligence
  • Peace.

To the mineral of Lapis lazuli to 8% eyes of people around the world are blue, people did not see blue untill modern times. With water and the blue sky being regarded as white or green, the colour was not seen in many images from the past. There was no blues in rainbows. Synthetic blue was first invented by the Egyptians creating blue pigments from various minerals and natural resources.

A few facts about the colour blue:
  • The term Blue is derived from Middle English bleu or blewe or from the Old French bleu.
  • Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
  • The colour blue is the least common colour in the foods we eat.
  • Studies show that Weightlifting are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.
  • In Aztec culture, blue symbolized sacrifice.
  • In Mexico, blue is the color of mourning.

A blue giant is the largest type of stars. The blue supergiant is even bigger. Blue might just be one of my top three favourite colours. More than half of American adults today say blue is their favorite color. Is blue a language influencing brain function or is the way we see the world is an illusion? The colour blue is so powerful it is used to calm and sedate, to cool and aids intuition.

“Blue oblivion, largely lit, smiled and smiled at me.” – William Rose Benet

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