A purple tulip blooms under blue and grey spring showers. Fields of long, golden grass stretch like waves on an ocean. A young girl reviews her relationship with colour amid changing seasons and childhood activities, thinking about the colours she can and cannot see.
With illustrations that are a combination of acrylic paint on watercolour paper and Photoshop, They Say Blue is a picture book that produces a mesmerizing exploration of colour. Jillian Tamaki’s transitions between senses and daily occurrences are as natural as her protagonist’s smooth stream of consciousness.
I left with a deepened, more imaginative relationship with colour.