Using Color in your art- from the shrink’s point of view

Using Color in your art- looking at it from the shrink’s point of view.

Art that sells and get’s notice is art that stirs emotion inside of you. Have you ever looked at a painting and felt a stirring in you chest?  There is a reason for that and a way to recreate those emotions in others.  For years culture all around the world have known and understood about colors and how they can heal, create, and serve a purpose in life. When I was in India is was very clear that the culture knew and understood the power of color.

Next time you sit down to start a new project ask yourself what emotion do you want people to feel when they look at this piece. Try creating a color swatch and put it in view of where you are creating the art.  Use it as a guide as you paint, cut, collage, mix, splash and sew something into existence.

Here is a look at colors and some of the things they can represent and cause you to feel.

WHITE

+) Purity, spiritual,innocence

-) cold, fear, mourning,sterile

RED- Stimulates strong emotions.

+)Success,celebration,sex,joy,passion,love,

-)discipline,anger,rage,courage,desire,wrath,evil,blood,rape

Pink-

+)love,romance,innocence, girls,subdue

ORANGE- been knowing for healing properties by increasing blood to the brain

+)energy,enthusiasm,sunshine,tropical,joy,fascination,happy,encouragement,stimulation,action,creativity,sexual desire, (golden form)-wealth,prestige

-) deceit,distrust,aggression

“whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed.” Legally Blonde

Brown-

+)nature,strength,warmth,comfort,masculinity,fall,harvest

-)sadness,isolation,

YELLOW

The physiology today report said that babies cry more in yellow rooms and that people loose their tempers more. This can’t be a good combination people!  We should ban yellow from babies rooms.

+)positive,sunshine,warm,happiness

-)coward,sickness

GREEN

+)calming,spring,tranquility, good luck,money,nature,peace

-)envy,greed,illness,jealousy

BLUE

+)calmness,peaceful,productivity,secure,order,steady,

-)sadness,evil,aloofness

PURPLE

+)royalty,wealth,wisdom,spiritual,exotic

-)overly romantic,sentimental,injury,artificial

 

BLACK- Is the absence of color, it absorbs all light

+)Sexual,sophisticated, formal,slimming

-)Evil,death,witchcraft,mourning

If you want to learn more here are two websites that had a ton of great information:

 

 

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm

 

http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

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