Monday, September 22, 2008

Hues of Blue

Welcome to Blue Monday, hosted by Smiling Sally! This week I am showing you my cool Hues of Blue painting that my sister made about 18 years ago. In this photo it looks a little periwinkle, and the wall looks gray when it's really cocoa! I need to do something about the lighting in this room, for sure.
K was an interior design major, and one of her first classes was Color Theory. The assignment was to first draw a design with many areas that could have color. It could be swirly, like she chose, or straight-lined, whatever. Then choose a color. Starting in the center, paint one section that original color. Add black or white, changing the hue with each successive space.
I thought the picture was very cool, and when I received it, I chose to have the wire on the frame placed so that the picture hung like a diamond, showing no real top or bottom. I used to have a blue and purple lava lamp that was on a pedestal next to the painting, and they were very snazzy together in my contemporary living room 15 years ago. The lava lamp died and my living space decor changed, but I still love this piece of art. Not because it was created by my sister, which does make it special, but it really does speak to me and make me feel peaceful, almost like listening to one of those ocean sound recordings! Currently it hangs in my craft room/office, which is actually the place I spend the most time, so I get to enjoy it a lot, but I'd love to find a way to get it back into my living space where everyone who comes into the house could enjoy it. I'll keep thinking! I hope you enjoyed my Blue Monday offering. Please visit Smiling Sally's blog for the complete list of participants and to follow Mr. Linky to see what others are sharing!
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23 comments:

Grandma Faith said...

I agree with you, the painting makes me feel peaceful, too. The beautiful shades of blue just flow together so nicely. I think it's cool that you hung it like you did, very smart move, gives it panache. Take care.

Smilingsal said...

I love that picture; it is calming, like the ocean current. I noticed that the color--even if it's off--matches the Blue Monday button!

judicreations said...

Good Morning!
That is a very special picture because it is from your sister and what a great technique! I've never seen anything quite like that. It makes it so interesting and a one-of-a-kind for sure.

Have a lovely day
Judi

bj said...

Now that is an amazing picture! Thanks for sharing!

ooo, and that crock that I asked about what to put in it can't hold REAL ivy as it sits up high on a shelf above a window...not nearly enuf light up there for a living plant...but...thanks for the suggestion.
Happy Day, bj

Susan Hickam said...

Thanks for stopping by earlier-your painting is really awsome. That sounds like areally fun exercise to try to. Happy blue Monday Elizabeth!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

You teach me something new everyday. I really like your sister's painting and what a perfect way to hang it. Would not have thought of that. But I am more of a square, you know? :) xxoo

Barbara H. said...

What a fascinating exercise that would have been! It made a lovely work of modern art.

Sweetie said...

The hues of blue is a very lovely and serene picture. Just looking at it is relaxing. Your birthday giveaway sounds like fun. Also - I think that I read all of the Nancy Drew mysteries.
Sweetie

ellen b said...

Love all the pretty shades of blue in this piece. Have a great Blue Monday and happy Fall to you!

Bridget said...

That is a very cool work of art and a treasure!

Rue said...

Good morning Elizabeth :)

I really like that painting, which is odd because it's not traditionally something that would apeal to me. It's very peaceful :)

BTW, I took the Jung test and it turns out I'm a ISFJ Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging person. I thought it was wrong until I read it. I think I might post about it... hmmm....

rue

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Elizabeth, Love the picture your sister painted, such a calming blue! Perfect for Blue Monday.
Love, Ann

Dawn said...

That's a great painting. I like that you have it hung as a diamond shape. It's even nicer that your sister gave it to you.

Happy Blue Monday.

take care,
Dawn

jeanne said...

Beautiful painting from your sister. I think you had the right idea hanging it on point. Very interesting in the hues of blue.

Hugs...Jeanne

Charli and me said...

What a special picture! I love pictures with blue. Very calming to me. I especially liked the sense of peace I had when looking at your picture.

Peggy-Just A Plain Gal said...

I love the blues in that painting...so serene! Your sister is very talented.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love that piece of art. The blues are very tranquil.

Ronda's Rants said...

I love it too! Very relaxing and soothing.

Justine said...

Wow, your sister has some talent. I think that picture is gorgeous and fun to look at!
Justine :o )

Virginia said...

Oh very pretty!

I tagged you on my blog.

imjacobsmom said...

That is really cool, and I like how it's hung on the diagonal - unique! Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

armyfamilyok said...

Blue is my favorite color, so I just love the painting. It's a great piece of work too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

That really is a cool picture! And even cooler that your sister gave it to you.

I am soooo far behind on Blue Monday visits. I'll try to catch up this week!

Kady