During one of my last tutorials I have received a question: Why did I decide to stick with the colour BLUE?
This colour has been grown together with this project from the very start. However, I had somehow not known fully why it was appropriate for my final project. I knew only one thing – it somewhat relates to the dreams, of how I see dreams, what colour undertones are in my dreams. It is a mystical colour which can only be found in nature in the sky, water and in few more places. After taken into the consideration, that my explanation was not enough to explain how blue colour relates to what I am doing, I decided to make a broader research on the meaning of colour blue. Here are the quotes that explain the most of what I expected, why is this colour suitable and why all this time I had unconsciously had a feeling it is the best choice:
How Blue Affects Vision
Blue is sharply refracted by the eyes. This causes the lens to flatten and to push the blue image back. We perceive that blue areas are receding and smaller.The same refraction causes visual fog if used excessively in interior spaces.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquillity and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
Dark blue represents knowledge.
In the meaning of colours, blue relates to one-to-one communication, especially communication using the voice – speaking the truth through verbal self-expression – it is the teacher, the public speaker.
Blue is nostalgic. It is a colour that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past.
More information at: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-blue.html http://www.colormatters.com/blue http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html
How colour BLUE reflects to the theme I am working towards?
Now looking back to the dissertation/rationale/essay I have wrote this year about the unconscious, I have decided to do a little more research on what the famous C. G. Jung has said about colours. I have listed two quotes below that prove my point of choosing the colour blue as one of the main colours for my FMP. To sum up of what is written in those quotes I could say that Jung believed that there are 4 colours that appear in our dreams and tell us about the feeling, intuition, sensation and thinking. Jung relates the colour blue to the spirit. Which means the spirit that lives in our bodies is a part of our unconsciousness.
Jung described black and white patterns in dreams as symbolizing the integration of the unconscious and conscious mind, which he contends is one of the most basic processes taking place in dreams. It is therefore quite exciting to see that humans report black and white as the dominant color pairs in dreams. Both regarded the presence of a pattern of red, yellow, green and blue in a dream as a symbolic representation of a state of completion or balance within the personality. Jung even assigned what he called the four orienting functions of the conscious (feeling, intuition, sensation and thinking) to these four colors respectively.
More from : http://www.ceoniric.cl/english/articles/the_appearance_of_color.htm
Using color symbolism to emphasize his point, Jung explains that if we are to associate instinct with the color red and spirit with the color blue, the the appropriate color for the psychoid archetype would be violet.
Quote from ”C. G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity” written by Robert Aziz and available online from https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uJswHBmOORUC&pg=PA54&lpg=PA54&dq=blue+colour+unconscious+jung&source=bl&ots=yRsAEX5JsK&sig=lJX3z76JE27ikD4QANt3YHkJFek&hl=lt&sa=X&ei=7An_VLXHBMmP7Ab31YHoDw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false