Wednesday, March 24, 2010

parrish blue


I love this picture and I love this shade of blue and this time of night:) I was headed home recently and shot this through the car window. Yes, I was stopped.
It reminds me of one of my favourite artists, Maxwell Parish He used this colour so often it became known as parrish blue. I have a very large book full of his illustrations called The Early Years that I bought at a Boxing Day sale when I was nineteen and it was half price. I was so taken with his art that I had to have it:) I see it is quite valuable now. His work still thrills me.

11 comments:

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Oh that blue is so so lovely. I'll have to see if our library has that book. Thank you for sharing :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a gorgeous shade of blue!

Karen said...

It's very similar to my favorite blue, cobalt. I especially like it in glass.

Alice said...

that blue would make me stop and want to write about it :-) just lovely!

Jack said...

Beautiful! It actually reminds me of the colour blue you painted the sky in "Girl in Green" and "Boy and his Dog.

Sara said...

I know who Maxwell Parrish is! He is quite famous here in New Hampshire - and the Cornish Artists Colony. Love that shade of blue...

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

...what a gorgeous shade of blue...very deep and royal. i used a similar shade of blue in a design that featured pearls with recycled blue glass from Ghana...xo, mickey

Kathy said...

That is so beautiful Shelagh!

Bear Chick said...

One of my favorite museum installations ever was a retrospective of Maxfield Parrish, in San Diego. It had his early illustrations, his "girls on rocks" phase, a huge mural, all of the Edison Mazda Lamp illustrations and his later landscapes. It was breaktaking.

And you're right, that is Parrish blue!

weezie said...

I love Maxwell Parris. My fav painting is Daybreak!!

susanna said...

That is a beautiful colour of blue. I had no idea that a particular blue was named after Parrish. I learned something new here today. Thank you.