Lazure Painting
April 2020 Newsletter What a lot of change in a month. I feel as if I am living on another planet right now, or at least another reality! This month I will continue with a wonderful addition to Color Therapy Month which is in March of each year. It is an article by Charles Andrade about Lazure Painting. The first time I experienced this amazing painting method was in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a Waldorf School. I’ll let Charles tell you what it is but Charles is a master at this sort of work. I’ve included a few photos of the many he and his lovely wife sent me. I would dearly love to live in a place long enough to paint my bedroom walls in Lazure. If you don’t have a Lazure artist in your are area, Charles offers DIY kits. I think it would be great fun to use them!   So enjoy the article and the little bits of encouragement within the newsletter. God bless.   Lazure is more than just a decorative paint finish but offers a whole new way of looking at and experiencing color. Lazure painting is based on color theory that understands the psychological and spiritual effect that light and color have on human beings.   If I were to give a definition of Lazure, it would be, the atmospheric blushing of analogous colors across a white wall.   The luminous, transparent quality of Lazure is created when color glazes are brushed on in layers. The subtle, optical mixing that takes place on the walls when ambient light shines through the successive veils of color calls forth a nuanced perception on the part of the viewer.   Where opaque paint absorbs light and captures color monochromatically in a dense medium, the water-thin Lazure glazes are suspended in a clear medium that is applied over a white surface that allow for optimal light reflection and refraction.   Lazuring is almost as if one is painting with light or using light as a pigment. It can make the walls of a room disappear, replaced by color that move across the walls of a room and change in tone throughout the day.   Lazure may be used to produce a variety of qualities from soothing and calming to dynamic and invigorating. The color’s effects can be either gradual and sequential or muralistic and dramatic.   I work closely with my clients to understand how the space under consideration will be used. This helps me align the right color(s) with the human activity taking place within that space. Then I look at the architectural quality of the room to see what spatial dynamic it offers, and how its structure affects the way the nature light enters the space. Together, we arrive and achieve the ideal desired interior design result for their home.     BIO   Charles Andrade owns and operates Lazure Custom Wall Designs – a mural and decorative painting business, specializing in a unique European glazing finish called Lazure that creates healing interior environments. Andrade paints in the colorist style that has evolved from his initial training in painting which he studied in England at Tobias School of Art & Therapy. His paintings can be found in private collections in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Charles teaches fine art classes, lectures and offers Lazure and painting workshops worldwide.   DIY Lazure kit: https://lazure.com/site/team/lazure-by-andrade/   A wonderful video on Lazure and what it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afdvh9nMRP4   Website: www.lazure.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lazurebycharlesandrade Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/andrade3629/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lazure.art.charlesandrade/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3i3DL8mYW28S9KcUDHcmw Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-andrade-998a825 Twitter: @LazureByAndrade Email: info@lazure.com   As always color is a great ally as we navigate our lives. So many colors are there for us to call on as we go through these challenging times. Orange for shock and trauma; blue to bring in a sense of peace and calming; yellow for home schoolers to help your children retain information as well as a healthy sense of self; green to help heal our hearts and bring in a sense of space and nature; purple to help us expand spiritually; gold to help us connect with our gut wisdom and help us overcome fears……each color has its own way of supporting us. Click on the link below to read more about each color and how you can use color to enhance your lives.
http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/ Here are two different but equally wonderful You Tube videos for you to enjoy. The first is Admiral McCraven’s speech which was the basis for his book, Make Your Bed. It is crammed full of wisdom and worth watching over and over.

The second is a beautiful rendition of a “shelter in place” video of the song, “It is Well With My Soul”. Such gifted singers!  Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIJz6zzHNU&feature=youtu.be This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books Happy Spring. May we all come out of this united and free. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo
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