On this week’s show – “Blue Skies” my conversation with Color Expert Betsy Karp.
Betsy and I will discuss the color BLUE in our homes, in our work and how BLUE effects our daily emotions and behavior. BLUE is a color often found in nature and for this reason people describe the color BLUE as serene and calm.
But, depending upon the tint, BLUE can be seen as strong and productive as well.
David begins the show by talking about the importance of the color blue, and descriptions he remembers of the color. David talks about the origins of the color blue, and the moments in history when it was or wasn’t mentioned. He brings up the bible, the Iliad, and how often blue wasn’t mentioned because people didn’t know how to describe it. David talks about the rarity of the color blue, how little it appears in nature, and how this is why we are so fascinated by it. David continues about how often blue actually does appear in our world, through song, feeling, and so many material items.
David introduces color coach, Betsy Karp and she gives a personal anecdote about a blue ceramic dish she found while traveling in Santorini. Betsy discusses her emotional meaning of blue which she believes is truth. David shares his idea of blue including faith, and a higher power. Betsy explains why blue might be the most popular color in the world and that it represents levels of communication. Betsy talks about “blue space” which she defines as getting into a peaceful space within yourself, by quieting down the mind. David and Betsy continue about their own feelings towards the color including healing, serene feeling, nostalgia, support and quietness. The two continue about blue’s potential negative side of sadness in art.
David briefly touches on color theory and the complimentary aspect of blue and orange, tints and shades of colors, and transitions into interior design. David explains his neglect to contrast trim when painting a room, as blue, and the use of different tints of blue is more advantageous to creating a voluminous interior. David remarks how and why blue is popular for the bedroom and its power of creating a calm, serene environment conducive to living in the room. Moving from the bedroom to the dining room David talks of a recent dining room he’s done in peacock blue. The concept is the dining room is not just for eating, but socializing and living. Betsy remarks on her distinct choice of painting her kitchen blue as a hunger suppressant. David transitions to a new office in Greenwich painted blue, and how remarkable it was to create the environment for creativity. David brings up “the Blue Woman,” Betsy’s senior thesis, a portrait of a woman in different shades of blue.
David begins the final segment with outside questions starting with David’s favorite examples of blue. Followed by the concept of not seeing the sky as blue. Betsy explains why blue exterior houses are uncommon. David inquires the motive of Betsy behind choosing blue for her “Blue Woman” project. The subject of natural blue dyes, other than indigo, is discussed.