The power of using blue in your paintings.

Blue is one of the most versatile colors in the artist's palette. For me, blue is a very big player in most of my paintings. Understanding how to effectively use blue can significantly enhance the impact of a painting.

In landscape painting, blue often plays a critical role in establishing depth and distance. A technique known as atmospheric perspective involves using cooler and lighter shades of blue to depict objects that are far away, making them appear hazy and less detailed. These attributes demonstrate the power of blue.

Blue's ability to evoke specific emotions makes it a powerful tool for setting the mood of a painting. Light blues can suggest calmness, peace, and serenity, reminiscent of clear skies and gentle waters. The dark, deep blues can give the feeling of stormy conditions and trouble looming. 

A little bit of history on blue: Historically, blue pigments were among the most expensive and prized materials, often associated with wealth and divinity. We can see the power of blue in religious art, such as the vibrant ultramarine in Renaissance paintings, which was meant to signify the heavens and the sacred.

Today, blue continues to hold symbolic meanings, making blue a prominent tool in the artist's line up of colors.  By understanding the power of blue, we can use it to our advantage in our own work.  

What to do when the weather is less desirable and you are painting Plein Air. Watch the video below that demonstrates the power of blue and how it can help you put together a composition and find a pathway through your painting. ENJOY!


A List Of My Favorite Blues

Here is a list of my favorite supplies and where you can find them. These are affiliate links, which mean I will receive a small commission. Thank YOU for your support!                                                                                                Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep: GET IT HERE

Holbein Cobalt Blue Pale: GET IT HERE. There are other blues on the market that are more affordable. Check out the information below in more resources!

Rembrandt Indigo Blue: GET IT HERE

Winsor & Newton Cerulean Blue: GET IT HERE

Grumbacher Prussian Blue: GET IT HERE

M. Graham Manganese Blue: GET IT HERE

Holbein Hydrangea Blue: Unavailable, researching substitute.

Grumbacher Cadmium Red Light: use to make my "Air" Mixture. GET IT HERE

Rembrandt Titanium White: My Favorite White. GET IT HERE

You can read a blog about the above blues and get mixtures in my blog post about How to Paint Blue Skies.

Some Great Creative Resources for You!

Want more information about mixing blues? Watch this video for you explaining how to mix some beautiful blues. You can use these blue mixtures in your skies or landscape. Let's dig deeper into that fabulous color blue... Come with me and watch the video.


Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

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