During the 1920s Catalan artist Joan miro produced a group of paintings that were radically different from anything he had done before. One of his ‘peinture-poesie’, a large canvas in 1925, remains almost completely blank. In the top left-hand corner the word ‘Photo’ is rendered in elegant, swirling calligraphy: over on the right there is a popcorn-shaped daub of forget-me-not-coloured paint and underneath, the words, in neat, unassuming letters,
‘ceci est colleur de mes rêves’ (‘this is the colour of my dreams’)
extract from ‘The secret lives of colour’ by Kassai St Clair
Blue can have a big effect on you mentally with the ability like no other colour to calm and centre the mind, blue is perfect partner in yoga particularly, as it brings a mildly meditative state creating a general sense of peace, happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Helping you concentrate and focus on each posture to the best of your ability.
This is one of the reasons with every atom felt it was important to include design for a Yoga mat in the colour blue, to help and inspire your yoga practice, even the the cat looks calm and focused, lets try and be the cat on the mat 🙂
Artist and Yogi Molly Wickett writes about her relationship with the colour blue…….
The colour blue has long been associated with spirituality and calm. Visually, blue isn’t as commanding as red, which is typically associated with energy but to me it speaks of something vast. It recalls in me the memory of the sea, and sky: that time I went to the beach and the horizon had vanished, so that the world seemed all encompassing. It would actually have been a gorgeously calm place to practice, were it not for the fact that UK temperatures are in fact very cold, and that additionally there happened to be a riot of sandy wet dogs. But what was interesting was the effect that the surrounding had upon me.
When I paint, I often find myself in a sort of flow: one where everything falls away so that all that is there are the colours and shapes, and canvas. In many ways, this state is like a yoga flow where I am present, but allow thoughts to come and go without any making full impact or landing. There is simply the next brushstroke or tool or line of gliding paint, blending out. There is only one position, one shape which flows into the next and you hold it without judgement. It is each individual glide, bleeding and blending into the next, and not much more than that which prefigures it. It’s the type of calm where the mind isn’t fixating on thoughts and grabbing at each but mobile and fluid like the paint, or the flow.
One of my first favourite colours I painted with was phthalo blue. I loved, and still do, the way that when I bleed out the intense dark, it is still possible to achieve a vibrancy and deep contrast in the tonal range. Where other colours lose that deep pop of vibrancy and seemed weaker, duller, it never seemed less. It’s interesting to me that too that the colour blue can trigger this type of flow. The blue of the mat is very significant to me, since as a visual person I find my surroundings can affect my mood. To practice on this mat is to see calm reflected back at me.
I usually practice in my room, which I also continue my painting practice. The large paintings I make surround me; my thoughts propped up on canvas and I am surrounded by an open sky. It is one of my most precious moments of the day, where I feel completely in my head but at the same time able to be distanced from it. On the mat, I can forward fold away into the blue.
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