Day 290:the compliment of blue

My son asked me today why the sky was blue?…and the words of artist Vincent Van Gogh came to mind….”there is no blue without orange”.

Day 290 June 16 2016

My simple response to Silas was that we see blue because there is an absence of orange (blue and orange are opposite each other on the colour wheel)

A more scientific explanation is that ‘on a clear cloudless day, the sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun more than they scatter red light. When we look towards the sun at sunset, we see red and orange colours because the blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight’.

Have you ever experienced the phenomenon where you stare at a block of colour for a long time, then avert your eyes and look at a white wall? What you see is an afterimage in the opposite or complementary colour of the colour block you first stared at.

Fascinating huh!

I have been interested in this process for a long time, which subsequently led me to explore the yoga practice of  Trataka, where one gazes steadily for as long as possible at a fixed point such as a  symbol or candle flame. By fixing the gaze the restless mind too comes to a halt. (Click on link for instructions on this meditation)

I often use this technique in nature to inform the collaborative process and still the mind to be open to create.

….so today’s collaborate is an expression of blue’s complimentary partner…orange. Vibrant orange seed spikes from the palm tree. The awesomeness of nature…I just love it!

To end with the words of another brilliant artist Wassily Kandinsky, “Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow”.

Blessings x


2 thoughts on “Day 290:the compliment of blue

  1. Thanks for this beautiful image and text, Ali.

    I so appreciate your faithful dedication to the Collaborate project that pops up even on this road trip–unexpectedly and felicitously.

    xo Eve

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Missing you two already….at least I can keep you connected to home through Collabrate365
      My draft list is nearly outnumbering my publish list at the moment, so thank you for the beautiful words….they do inspire me to keep going!
      Big hugs
      Ali xxx


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