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Sensational Colour - This group is all about the many beautiful shades of BLUE
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Blue is a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colours. On the HSV Colour Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow; that is, a colour corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a colour wheel based on traditional colour theory (RYB) where blue was considered a primary colour, its complementary colour is considered to be orange (based on the Munsell colour wheel).
In Modern English, 'Blue' is one of the basic colour terms, and one of the seven spectral colours, intermediate between violet (purple) and cyan. It comprises a considerable number of identifiable subcategories that can be identified with descriptive terms like navy blue (a dark blue), cyan blue (or 'blue-green', on the boundary to the green range), or sky blue (azure).
The word itself was loaned into Middle English from the Old French word bleu, blo ' 'pale, pallid, discoloured; blue, blue-grey', itself from an Old Frankish Blao.
The modern English word blue comes from Middle English bleu or blewe, from Old French bleu, bleve, blöe, a word of Germanic origin (Frankish or possibly Old High German blāo, 'pale, wan, blue-grey')
Bleu replaced Old English blāw 'blue' and blǣwen 'light blue'. The root of all these variations is Proto-Germanic blǣwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bhlāw-, *bhlēw- 'light-coloured, yellow, grey, blue', from *bhel- 'to shine, be light or bright', also the root of Old Norse blār and the modern Icelandic blár, and the Scandinavian word blå, which can also refer to other non blue colours. Also in the French, bleau is a contraction of belleaue or belle eau, meaning 'beautiful water' (see Fontainebleau). In this vein, 'blue' is the colour of beautiful water as it clearly reflects the blue sky
The colours of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective colour of the spirit, it invokes rest and may cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic -- an engaging colour that expresses exhilaration.
Blue is the coolest colour - the colour of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. A pure blue is the colour of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality.
Blue is the calming colour.
Dark blue is the colour of truth and moderation.
Blue gemstones such as blue sapphire and blue topaz.
Lapis lazuli and azurite are said to heighten psychic power.
Turquoise is the symbol of youth, both the colour and the gemstone. This colour has a soothing affect. Turquoise is the colour of communication. It contains the growth quality of green with the blue quality of communication. Turquoise has long been used in amulets to provide protection, health, confidence and strength.
Aqua is the colour of high ideals.
Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the colour of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.
Blue is the colour of the Throat Chakra, also known as Visuddha. This chakra is located in the throat. It is linked to the throat, neck, hands, and arms. The Throat Chakra is connected with speech and hearing, and encourages spiritual communication. Opening the Throat Chakra is said to improve clairaudience. Gemstones that will aid the Throat Chakra include turquoise and aquamarine
In Chinese culture, colours correspond with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Blue is associated with wood, east, and spring
In Aztec culture, blue symbolized sacrifice
Powder Blue is often used in products to promote cleanliness and purity
Blue is the only colour which maintains its own character in all its tones... -- Raoul Dufy
There is no blue without yellow and without orange -- Vincent Van Gogh
Pablo Picasso's 'Blue Period' refers to a series of paintings in which the colour blue dominates and which he painted between 1901 and 1904. The Blue Period is a marvelous expression of poetic subtlety and personal melancholy and contributes to the transition of Picasso's style from classicism to abstract art
Owls are the only birds that can see the colour blue
The highest quality ultramarine blue is made with powdered lapis lazuli from Afghanistan
Blue Tigers (Maltese Tigers) have been sporadically reported in the mountains of the Fujian province in China. They are described as bluish-grey or slate-blue with white patches on the face and black stripes
Blue is power
Pastel Blues are soft and suggest springtime
Whether it be celestial or oceanic, Blue evokes wide open spaces, calm and serenity . .
Blue symbolizes peace, escape and dreams