Oklahoma is derived from the Choctaw Indian words "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red. Oklahoma is my home. Tinctoria is Latin, meaning to dye or color things; this is my work.

27 January 2010

The Blues

Water, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2009

Blue is the universal color for water and sky. It is the calm and wonderous color of the three primaries. With Water as its element, Blue is in constant flow. It is represented by the circle symbolizing spirit. The throat chakra is light blue and considered part of the spiritual body. The throat is associated with creativity, communication and expression (Stein, 19). Blue is all things flexible, moving and cyclical.
Blue is elusive and mysterious. Some Blue minerals include lapis lazure, cobalt and turquoise. Cultures around the world discovered Indigo during similar times in history. It is the only botanical blue pigment used in dyeing. The indican is found in several species of plants and has been cultivated and processed for textile dyeing. The process of extracting and fermenting indigo varies with cultural tradition. More information about indigo will be presented at another time. It is an ancient blue that has great importance to the history of textiles, economics, agriculture and art.

Indigo dyed wools, 2009

descriptive words for blue:
classic, spirit, denim, turquoise, cobalt, azure, prussian blue, ink, shade, ultramarine, royal blue, baby blue, cold, contracted, introverted, free flowing, liberated, uplifting

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona, 2009

Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2009

blue inspirations:
ocean, sea, water, clouds, sky, blue eggs, ice, grape hyacinth, iris, wisteria, delphinium, larkspur, cornflowers, pansies, blueberries and forget-me-nots

blue represents:
motion, peace, magic, spirit, calm, understanding, stillness, serenity, mystery, heaven, rest, melancholy, knowledge, creativity, emotion, expression, tranquility, transcendental, depth

natural color sources:
lapis, cobalt, indigo, woad

Energyscape Series, Chicago, 2009

 Turquoise Door, 2009   

4th Ave. Anchorage, Alaska, 2009

Earth and Sky, Albuquerque, 2009

Saki Cup Collection, 2009

Wood and Sky, Taos, New Mexico, 2009

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