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Do you have a favorite color?

By November 13, 2015Art
Abstract Painting Detail by Siobhan Bedford

Does a brilliant Blue sky catch your eye or is it dandelion Yellow that demands your attention?

I have moments when I become enraptured by a particular color. The fresh Green of spring leaves or the Scarlet center of a Purple morning glory always has me staring. I could never chose a favorite, because I’ve been entranced by them all.

You already know, there are cultural and common meanings associated with colors. You may have heard yourself saying something like “I’ve got the blues”. On a better day, you might slip into something Red to turn on the power of passion in your life.

Yellow Oil paint
Yellow Dandelion
Blue Oil Paint
“The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.”
– Fernand Leger, “On Monumentality and Color”

Color is an emotional language used to express what is difficult to name.

Every time I squeeze a tube of paint and begin to blend colors into infinite mixes, I feel as if I’m expanding into a larger realm. A realm of complicated and nuanced feelings. It is hard to explain, but imagine love and jealousy partnering up to do a dramatic dance. One that could only be described in colors. Every color has it’s own energy that must be expressed and when it mixes with others, something new is born. I like to think we can study this language of color by looking at art, and it makes us more human.

You are probably familiar with color wheels, but there are other ways to enrich your understanding of color. I wanted to share this article from The Book of Life about the psychology of colors.

How do you relate to different colors? Let me know.

mixing paint
Yellow dill in bloom against a Blue sky
Mixing Blue Paint

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