I love the sensory words so much that this colour essay is this week’s blog.
Here’s what Harriet Maxwell MacDonald of Ochre has to say on this particular shade of blue-grey.
The colour I love is a layered and fluid colour, rather than a solid one, one that moves between a slate blue grey and a grey aqua. It’s soothing and calm, textural and multi-layered. It changes according to the context it is in and it can activate and emphasise other colours. More often than not this greyish aqua colour is a base to add a dash of interest/colour with an accessory.
My emotion towards colour is always the same within work or outside it – though we do look at colour in a different way when we are exhibiting in an exhibition hall under artificial light. At Ochre we have always enjoyed playing with different colour combinations and this shade is always a base colour for us, but the combinations or juxtapositions we use might change. Colours that work well with it are yellows, limes, greens, oranges, reds, crimsons, gold and silver – almost everything!
There are no hard and fast rules for combining colours in the home or in what you wear, but playing with complimentary opposites is often a good starting point. We are never so drawn to brittle colours as the dominant tone, but these sorts of shades can work for us when there is just a flash of it. And we always colour test our pieces with Blue the whippet who looks delicious with almost everything.
If this colour had a taste it would be pure and fluid, like water. An essential ingredient, something that can take on another dimension when a twist of lime is added, or a sprig of mint, or a strawberry. It would sound like the sea or the wind rustling through the leaves of a tree, maybe with a little birdsong in the background. Or the music of a harp.
As a tertiary colour it combines the history of several colours – originally the pigments coming mainly from rocks and plants. It feels timeless, nostalgic, and sometimes a bit of emptiness and sadness, delicacy and fragility – befitting of the Yves Klein quote: ‘To sense the soul, without explanation, without words.’