Blue art: My ode to life
Do you like blue? Then you have come to the right place. Blue is the essence of all my abstract artworks. Whether it is a painting, a drawing, bronze sculptures, or works of ceramics and porcelain; blue always plays the main part. Why do I create blue art?
From a very young age, I’ve had a connection with blue. Whenever I drew something, it was blue. Flowers, clothing, items? They had to be blue. No gift made me happier than something blue. Of course, I liked things of other colours as well. But I still often thought; if it had been blue, it would have been even more beautiful…
Too little sun in Dutch blue
That affinity for blue only grew stronger. I discovered that even my thoughts were blue! If I thought of something, I saw it in my mind’s eye in blue. When I finally started to do structural creative work , I developed my own taste in blue. The typical Dutch cobalt blue was not so interesting to me. It feels too cold to me. It contains no “sun”, so to speak.
Developed my own palette of blue
Years later I visited Greece for the first time. It was a true shock for me. Those colours! That blue that contained the sun! I discovered that the shades of blue which I used in my art also existed in real life. Since then, I’ve visited Greece more often to study the shades of blue there. It is also thanks to those travels that I could develop and expand my own palette of blues. I grew more “blue” inside, so to speak, and of course you can see that in my blue art.
More colours in my blue art
Of course, I do not only use blue hues. Perhaps that would become too boring. Usually, I combine them with yellow and red. The yellow stands for the light. And the red is a symbol for me for the less fortunate things in life.
Blue is a warm colour!
The yellows and reds that I used at the start of my career were often intense, cold, and harsh hues. It produced bright and vivid artworks, but it wasn’t entirely what I had in mind. Those intense colors dimmed the shades of blue, because blue is not a cold, but a warm and soft colour. I kept searching for new ways to utilize these colours.
Blue: the color of life
Slowly, my use of colour changed. The red-and yellows turned deeper. Because of that the nuances of blue became more beautiful. They came to life. And that is precisely what I wanted to accomplish with my blue art. I wanted my art to show that blue, in a broad sense, is the color of life for me. That is why you see my shades of blue appear in all kinds of artworks, from environments to buildings.
Blue palette developing further
I am still searching for new hues of blue to add to my personal palette of blue. Which direction will ittake? That depends on the artwork that I am working on. Sometimes I cannot express something with my existing hues of blue. Then I will search as long as it takes until I find the nuance of blue with which I can. Sometimes, that is a long search. Every time, I am surprised with the many associations and possibilities of the colour blue.
Blue led to creative chain reaction
Apart from life in a broad sense, blue symbolizes more for me. I associate the colour with harmony, peace, space, eternity, freedom and creativity. Or better said: The freedom of creativity. If I am for example working on a painting, the shades of blue cause a sort of chain reaction. Then I see possibilities to use the theme of the painting in other works. For example, a bronze statue, or works of ceramics and porcelain.
Blue is a positive colour!
And so I could go on and on. It’s not coincidental that blue has had a large influence in history. Even today, blue is the trend in fashion and design. And it is striking what blue art can do. With a person, their interior, their garden and the outside environment. Come and take a look in my atelier and garden of sculptures, and plan to be surprised!