Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. — Judy Garland
Blue is my favorite color. I don’t really know why, but I have a love affair with the color blue. Deep blues, pale blues, grey blues, whatever. Let’s not even talk about how much I love Prussian Blue and Indigo Blue.
I have a dog that has one blue eye. Her name is sky. Many of the clothes I wear have blue in them. I have several pairs of blue sneakers, and even blue shoes. I love blues music, even some bluegrass, but I’ll deny it if you tell anyone. `I even wear blue contact lenses.
Once I thought about starting a restaurant. I was going to call it Blū and serve dishes that had something blue in them like… Blue Corn Prawn Soup, Blue Corn Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Salad and Blue Corn Chips, Coconut and Blue Cornmeal Encrusted Shrimp, Blue Corn and Date Polenta Cakes with Blue Cheese. And you thought I was kidding. Now I’m getting hungry.
When I started painting I even thought about having a nom de guerre. Fancy French for an alias to make it easier to get a dot com domain name that was my “name.” Do you know what it was going to be? Caeru (pronounced ser-ru)… derived from the Latin caeruleum meaning… you guessed it, blue. Just kidding, but now that I just said that... hmm, I wonder.
I know it’s silly, but it’s just hard for me to resist blue. Sure I flirt with other colors like reds, and yellows, and oranges, but I always go home to blue at the end of the day.
When I paint I have to force myself not to use blue in every painting. Although I probably do anyway. Does anyone else have this problem with a color? Am I the only mono-color loving artist in the universe - well kinda? I wonder if when I was a baby my parents painted the room blue, stuffed me in a blue jumpsuit, and hung a blue mobile over my head for the first year or so of my life. Who knows. If I was Dr. Seuss I would tell you, “All I know is I love blue… and therefore I think so should you.” Any shade, any value, by any name blue is king in my world. What’s your color kryptonite?