Theoretically I was painting sea blues and sheep, but every mix involving blue my mind was asking “would this fit into a bluebell blue?”. Ultramarine, phthalo, Prussian, cerulean…
I know it’s bluebell season, and I spent a bit of time taking photos of bluebells under the trees by the Uig community centre at the weekend, but I think the root of the quest lies in a conversation with my Ma about her trying to find a wool that was truly “bluebell blue”.
I think part of the problem is that bluebells are blue-purple not sky or sea blue, yet the “blue” part of the name resonated so strongly. Plus the colour also varies with the time of day and how much shadow they’re in. I’ve also been wondering what other languages call bluebells, whether colour is still part of their name.
Here’s the finished painting on my easel, not a bluebell in sight.
Word Promp Chart for June: It being the end of the month, it’s time for a new chart. You’ll find June’s as a printable .pdf here. Looking forward to seeing photos of May’s charts!
Related: Listening to Bluebells