The new blue

“The power of profound meaning is found in blue…”

Wassily Kandinsky

I have always loved blue. My beloved footy team is the double blues. In art, the colour blue has long been associated with power, royalty and wealth. This is not surprising as the orginal source of blue pigment was Lapis Lazuli, the precious gemstone responsible for what we now call ultramarine. There are very few natural blue pigment sources, so most blues we see and use are synthetic compounds. New inorganic blues are not discovered everyday, and so it was exciting to see this new tone of blue produced a few years ago, the first for two centuries. As in all good scientific stories, YinMin was produced by accident, during rare earth metal research at Oregon State University. It’s named after its components — Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese — and its luminous, vivid pigment never fades, even if mixed with oil and water. YinMin watercolour paints are just beginning to appear on the market. #morebluepainttoplaywith #letsmakelemonade

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