Thursday, October 14, 2010

Delightful Discoveries - What's the Point? 10.14.10

Seurat blue is the given name of the color I'm showcasing today, and frankly, I had never heard of the shade before it came up on my color wheel! So, needless to say, I had to do a little bit of research into the name behind the color. While I wasn't able to find a definitive link between the color and the artist from which it got its name, I did find out quite a bit about Georges-Pierre Seurat - who happens to be the father of Neoimpressionism and Pointilism. The latter happens to be one of my favorite artistic techniques, so I was excited to learn more about the man who created such amazing works as Un Dimanche Après-midi sur l'Ile de la Grande Jatte and Le Cirque before his untimely death from meningitis as the age of 30. While la Grand Jatte was considered one of the first artistic moves away from Impressionist theory, Le Cirque was one of his grandest works using Pointilism. (Vintage whimsical The Circus, Georges Seurat, 1890-91 from TheEnchantedAttic)

Pointilism is a technique that creates impressions of changing color and form not through soft, irregular strokes as impressionism does, but rather through a compilation of dots or points of color. Seurat was also intrigued by color theory and believed that the illusion of different shades of color were best produced through the use of pointilism and pure paint colors. To view a great example of how he achieved color hues this way, view the image of his masterpiece la Parade below and note the outlined area. Then click here to view a close up of the same section of the work. Amazing, isn't it?


So, you're probably wondering, where does Seurat blue come into play here? I can only venture a guess that the decision to name this color in honor of Monsieur Seurat is probably twofold... one would be that he helped to develop many of the theories of color and light that are used in painting today, and the other is perhaps to pay homage to one of his most recognized paintings, Young Peasant in Blue. For whatever the reason, Seurat blue is a stunning shade of light true blue that looks wonderful in many uses as you can see in this collection!




(l-r, top to bottom)
Denim Blue Asymmetrical Neckwarmer by Karmacrochet
Stanley the Stripy Eco Elephant by Revivalvintagedesign
"Do You See Me?" Watercolor Archival Print by ElizabethOHara**
Zombie Worker Denim Messenger Bag, Hand Embroidered by TiLTcreations
Blueberry Quartz Earrings with Celtic Charm by letamariedesigns (Artfire)
Blue Ribbon Flower Hair Clip by FromShirlee**
VASE WINTER SCENE BLUE HAND PAINTED by bestemancreations**
Tranquil Waves - Blue Agate and Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Earrings by BeadedTail
Handmade lamp by FiligreeCreations

I had originally planned on doing a feature of a photographic art shop tomorrow, but my week has been so hectic that I just haven't gotten around to pinning down a shop yet, so I'll be rescheduling that interview (please feel free to contact me if you'd be interested in consideration!) Tomorrow I'll be posting an Etsybloggers Blogger of the month feature, so I hope you'll stop by to learn more about SplendidLittleStars who offers some adorable children's clothing and accessories (and her models are just too cute to miss!)

Looking forward to see you all tomorrow!


**designates an undiscovered or underdiscovered shop

8 comments:

PussDaddy said...

Looks like cornflower blue.

PussDaddy

FiligreeCreations said...

Wonderful blues! Thanks a lot for including my lamp!

TiLT said...

loving the blues!!! Thanks for adding mine :)

BeadedTail said...

Lovely features! Thank you for including my earrings in this beautiful blue collection!

Leta Porter said...

Wow, blue is my favorite color and I love all of your finds! Thank You for including me :)

Revival Vintage Design said...

thank you so much for including my elephant , i am honored to be in such great company !

ViKotas said...

It is such a lovely color.
My daughter enjoyed working in pointilism. Recently I encouraged to to take it up again

Domestic Goddess said...

Beautiful collection. Thanks for including my flower clip.

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