Blue is my favorite colour and this is a bit of my collection of ‘blues’ from my kitchen. They come from around the world. Holland, Italy, Poland, Japan, China and America. It is my favorite color and brings me peace, tranquility and harmony.
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ALL ABOUT THE COLOR BLUE
Written by Kate Smith An excerpt from "sensational color.com’
Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed.
The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can 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 color that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.
Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.
Blue is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women.
How the color blue effects us physically
Calms and sedates
Blue; the color of throat chakra
Blue is the color 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.
Blue around the globe
In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Blue was associated with wood, east, and spring.
Blue, blue-green, and green are sacred colors in Iran, where they symbolize paradise.
In India, paintings of the god Krishna often depict him as having blue skin.
In the United States, post office mailboxes are typically blue.
In Mexico, blue is the color of mourning.
In Aztec culture, blue symbolized sacrifice.
In Greece, the color blue is believed to ward off “the evil eye.” Those who believe in this Greek superstition often wear a blue charm necklace or blue bracelet for protection.
Interesting information about blue
President Martin VanBuren is credited with introducing blue into the decorating scheme of the White House in 1837 and since then, there has been a “blue room” in the White House.
Blue is one color that means “low” or “guarded” in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States.
Blue is the favored color choice for toothbrushes.
Powder blue is often used in products to promote cleanliness and purity.
IBM’s Deep Blue became the first computer to win a chess tournament against a reigning world champion chess master. Deep Blue had 32 processors and processed about 200 million chess moves per second in its historic six-game match against Garry Kasparov. Today, Blue Gene is the fastest supercomputer in the world and the descendent of Deep Blue. It uses 131,000 processors to routinely handle 280 trillion operations every second.
The blue ribbon has been widely recognized as a national symbol of child abuse awareness.
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
Over the past decade, scientists have reported the successful use of blue light in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, including addictions, eating disorders, impotence, and depression.
People are often more productive in blue rooms.
The highest quality ultramarine blue is made with powdered lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.
The 1993 film “Blue” consists entirely of the color blue with narration and soundbytes.
“Alice Blue” is a light blue-gray or steel blue color that was favored by Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt; it sparked a fashion sensation in the United States.
Mosquito’s are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
In ceramics, a variety of ingredients — including cobalt oxide, copper carbonate, and iron oxide — produce the blue colors. The different variations are produced when each ingredient is combined with other materials or with each other. The application, thickness of the glaze, how it is applied, and the type of clay used also have an impact on the final color after firing. Unlike paint, raw glazes look nothing like their final appearance after firing.
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.
Pablo Picasso’s “Blue Period” refers to a series of paintings in which the color 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.
Blue in athletics and sports
In auto racing, a blue flag signals the start or resumption of a race, as well as advising a car to yield to faster traffic behind.
Dr. Jigor Kano, founder of Judo, created divisions among students using Belt colors, in order to give students recognition for certain achievements. The Blue Belt symbolizes the blueness of our skies. In reaching this plateau of martial arts, one must not become complacent seeing one’s knowledge as high as a tree, but instead, realize that this is not an end; one should reach still higher to the very blueness of the sky. Like the sky which engulfs and embraces us, knowledge should transcend the height of the trees so it may spread all around us.
Popular phrases that include blue
Out of the blue: unexpected
True blue: to be loyal or faithful
Once in a blue moon: an event that occurs infrequently
Blue ribbon: first place; to describe something as being of the highest quality
Blue blood: an aristocrat
Blue law: laws about morality issues
Blue comedy: jokes about socially taboo subjects
Blueprint: a detailed design of an object or idea
Blue plate special: a special priced meal at a restaurant
Bluestocking: a woman with strong scholarly interests
Feeling blue: to feel sad or unhappy
What it says about you when you buy a blue vehicle
There is no question that the vehicle you drive is an extension of your personality — an unspoken, but clear message to the rest of the world.
The message you send by driving a vehicle that is Dark Blue: Credible, confident, dependable.
If, however, your vehicle is a Light or Mid-Blue, you give a different impression: Cool, calm, faithful, quiet.