Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Cerulean Blues

If you think of a perfect, blue-sky day, or go back in your photos from a beautiful trip, it's quite likely that some of your favorite shots will have a deep blue sky above them. This connection might explain the affinity, over the years, toward Cerulean Blue (over nearly 500yrs, to be precise). 

Seh-ROO-lee-uhn.

Last week up in the village, as I was getting a tour of this historic placewhich began as a quaint mountain village to house copper miners of the 1930s, then transformed into a retreat-village beginning in the late 1950s up through today — when I was led to a stunningly charming little studio: the pottery area.

Be still my heart.

Beautiful lighting, lots of old windows, quirky angles to the ceilings, spacious to move around in, yet still a very cozy feel. Pottery in-the-works, pottery completed, and a seemingly scientific lab of glazing powders, coppers, oxides, and clay bases from all over the world. Thank you George and Danielle for showing me around. 

And yet...

It was one teeny little 'swatch' smack in the middle of a glazing-samples board that stole my attention. And kept it. 7th from left 5th row down. (Battleship! Sorry... I couldn't resist. Seeeee, I told you this place has had a magical impact on me. Creative, silly, thinking, feeling, trying, searching... and curious again.) 

Anyway, you know my motto: Stay Curious.

And I did.

Yesterday, I began poking around online about that blue. That particular blue is what we associate with the infinite sky of a 'perfect day.' Happy. Unending. Possibility. And according to old origins of the word also heavenly...
The first recorded use of cerulean as a color name in English was in 1590 (and now... it has a designated Hex color for web use... #2A52BE). "2 Be?" To be? Hmm... I like. Okay, anyway, I digress. The word is derived from the Latin word caeruleus, which in turn probably derives from caerulum, diminutive of caelum, "heaven, sky."
Non-English names:

  • German – Coelinblau 
  • French – bleu céleste
  • Italian – blu ceruleo

So given that I've been surrounded by the blues for a week — and now am simmering with creative inspiration — I say, having the blues is pretty heavenly. 

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