|"Ultramarine Blue Heart" ©Mary Montague Sikes|
We just returned from a week at San Jose del Cabo where the Sea of Cortez and the light of the morning sunrises inspired me. We love to travel, but I discovered that while I could pre-post my paintings for each day while I was gone, it was impossible to visit the blogs of others while we were in Mexico. Also, I got behind in visits before we left just because there was no time for them. I have always enjoyed making new friends during this month, so now I know a vacation in April doesn't work well for me with the Challenge.
When I first started painting, ultramarine blue was one of the essential colors for my oil paint palette. Over the years, while I have gotten away from some of my earlier tubes of paint and I have switched from oils to acrylics, I have always kept bottles and tubes of ultramarine blue close at hand in my studio. It is a cool blue that mixes well with titanium white for pastel shades.
Thinking about the Pacific Ocean water flowing into the Sea of Cortez at the tip of the Baja peninsula, I chose ultramarine blue for my newest heart. It reminds me of the beautiful dark waves that licked the sandy shore. They sounded like multiple hearts beating in synchronicity to remind us of the power and the vulnerability of our planet Earth.