Cobalt blue / Cobalt violet
The painting of this corridor was part of a lazure workshop at Portland Waldorf School. The warm colours of the first grades transition to the greens and blues of early teenage years.
Natural dyes are fluid substances extracted from colour-yielding plants that have been precipitated with aluminium oxide.
I’ve lazure painted two rooms with Artemis kamala orange and both of them look yellow.
For a few weeks in 2001, I was voluntary lazure painting in Kirov, Russia. It was in a State Orphanage that accommodated up to seventy children aged 4-5 years. The photo (two together for a better view) is from a section of the entrance area but we also managed to lazure the corridors leading to the bedrooms.
When the work was finished, the staff organised a tea party and I was given cards drawn by the children and a couple of beautifully crafted gifts. Later, when music started playing, a cute little girl took me by the hand and led me to the front to dance…I still blush when I think about it!
…and blue tones lazure.