Did you know that Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. All I know is that it is between purple and green on a colour wheel.
One of the reasons that people may prefer blue as opposed to other colours, just my theory, Anomalous Trichromacy / colour-blindness. Out of all the
varieties of this condition, Tritanopes type blindness confuses light blues with greys, dark purples with black, mid-greens with blues and oranges with reds. Out of all the colour blind conditions, this is the most rare.
People suffering from protanopia are unable to perceive any ‘red’ light, those with deuteranopia are unable to perceive ‘green’ light and those with
tritanopia are unable to perceive ‘blue’ light.
Numbers of tritanopes/tritanomalous people and achromats is very small, perhaps 1 in 30-50,000 people.
Considering those statistics, it is fair to say that the majority of the population will see blue. Only a very small minority will not . The tritanope population is the exception to the rule. Thus 99% of children ask that question “Why is the sky and ocean blue ?”. Remember to tell them “White light is what we get from the sun. It’s then broken down to a six colour spectrum, blue is the only colour in the white spectrum that does not pass through the atmosphere and ocean – so its the only colour visible to colour to the naked eye”
…its just that simple… or is it 🙂
I think of blue to be used as an emotion. My colour pallet holds blue in an
emotive position especially if its an impressionistic piece. It’s a huge part in any realistic piece, especially with landscapes, blue sky’s, blue oceans etc.
So what is your blue ? Is it a visual colour? A colour to express emotion?
A colour to represent an element ?
Your call blue monkeys.