Colors do speak to us

 

     When painting, decorating a room or even selecting what to wear, colors must have a relationship with each other.  Each color has a personality, a mood, a message that it gives off. The colors may mean different things in each culture though. 

    Knowing how to work with colors make painting or decorating easier. If you love blue, do you place an analogous color like green next to it because it is a color close to blue on the color wheel  (green also contains some blue). Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. Or do you place it next to it an orange, the complement, which is the opposite on the color wheel? Opposite colors have the highest contrast and causes somewhat of a stir. You may choose a primary scheme like I have below- yellow, red & blue. Primary colors can not be made from any other color so we start with these three colors to mix all the rest of the colors on the color wheel.

    When painting, a secondary color scheme appeals to me as well- orange, green and violet. Neutral colors are found in nature, mixtures of the secondary colors are one way to achieve a muted color. Orange and green give a lovely color of a less intense green. Or mix two compliments like blue and orange to create a neutral and more colorful gray.   Using prismatic colors next to the neutrals help pop the prismatic color which help create a more high energy painting. To raise the vibration of your work, a room, yourself, raise the vibration of the colors you work with and offset them with neutral colors. 

 Neutrals can be placed in the background so you can express your favorite colors in a. painting or your home. Can you tell I LOVE COLOR?

Neutrals can be placed in the background so you can express your favorite colors in a. painting or your home. Can you tell I LOVE COLOR?

   Why do you pick the colors you pick? Are you ready to raise the vibration of your paintings or your life? Using color more boldly can assist. I just love the psychology of color. There is so much to learn from it. Here is an interesting decorating site that discusses the psychological effects of the color white and you can follow the website for more on other colors as well.

   Walk into your living room and notice the dominant color.  If you are a painter, what is the dominant color of your favorite painting that you just created? How does it make you feel? Calm, excited, relaxed, etc? 

    How do you think? Logically or intuitively? Pay attention to when you go to your closet to pick something to wear. Are you being drawn to a particular color and when you do pick out an article of clothing, how did you decide? Because it felt good or it did you choose logically because i matches something else you are wearing? Once you have it on, do you feel upbeat or tired? Color can play such an important role in our life and the more you know about it, the more help you can receive from each hue.

    Find an accent color located in your living room or a scarf that you accent your outfit with. An accent is a color that appears only a little bit but maybe is repeated a couple times when used in decorating a room or in a painting.  See how this accent color affects your mood. Hold this color (maybe it is in a pillow or a vase) close to you, let your eyes soak it in. Try to feel it. If you are able to feel it, what happens in your body, exactly where do you feel it?  Can you detect any differences yet? If yes, wonderful. Keep practicing this. If not, sometimes this takes practice so keep trying. 

     Another way to begin to allow your intuitive self to become more utilized and noticed is to go to a gallery or a museum and walk around. Pay attention when walking through the space if there is a pull from one painting. It may draw you back to it and if so, then ask yourself where in my body does this pull come from? Why is this painting different? What is it trying to tell me? Listen for answers from within. It takes practice to begin to hear the whispers from our inner wisdom.

    Our body speaks to us when we are tuned into it.  It is possible to learn about yourself through color when the time is taken to clue in. When studying with a shaman, as she took me through the energy centers of the body, I had experiences with color at the same time since I am so connected to it. I was able to share with her my experiences which helped her as well. Together we learned and expanded our consciousness. 

 Imagine painting your building this color- this person was BRAVE!  Love it.  UPDATE:  Someone just painted this building gray. Sigh….

Imagine painting your building this color- this person was BRAVE! Love it.

UPDATE: Someone just painted this building gray. Sigh….

     What is your favorite color?  Blue is the number one favorite color in America. Why? It calms us down and makes us feel good (certain shades). Blue also represents the voice, the way we communicate. It is the color of the throat chakra.  The 7 charkras within our bodies are a part of the rainbow that is our energy body. Don’t believe in the energy body?  Haven’t you ever experienced someone walking into the room and without that person saying a thing, the whole energy of the room has changed?  We are all energy. Everything is energy. We are all connected.

     There are rainbows everywhere. They lay across the clouds, across our face, and with practice you can see them as well. Part of the training I give in the Color and Energy workshops is how to see the rainbows in the shadows and in the light and how to capture them in a painting. For now, look at a landscape during the day and see what colors you see in the shadows. Since the sun is warm, the colors in light are warmer moving to Yellow (one of the primary colors).  It makes sense that the colors in the shadows are the opposite cool colors on the color wheel -  Violet (made up of the other two primary colors- Red and Blue). When you see the shadow in the grass, there will be an underlying violet but then the green of the grass will also add to the color you see. You may notice a darker cooler (blue based color) green rather than a light warm (a yellow based color) green. The more you learn color theory, the more color you will see in your surroundings whether you are a painter or not.

   The color workshops are for those who desire to paint better and those who want to  learn what is being communicated in your paintings that you create or love.  When you wear certain colors, do you know what these colors in your closet are saying? 

 What colors do you prefer to wear?

What colors do you prefer to wear?

     Did you know that the colors that you do not like can also can teach you about yourself?   I never used to like dark blue. It felt like it was an authority and overbearing. I liked baby blue (if felt kind and gentle) and teal blue (warm and loving) and indigo (insightful and deep) and royal blues (clear and concise)  but not navy. I discovered that navy (to me) represented being hushed, quieted down, not given permission to speak. Since blue is a color representing communication, that made total sense. Once I learned this, I didn't react so negatively against it. By shifting my awareness my response shifted about navy.  I realized that just because I was hushed during one period of my life, that is no longer happening so I could work with the color navy to get over this REACTION and bad feeling around the issue. Then I worked on being free to speak my mind to not feel fear. This was first practiced on paper with color where it was safe.  You can learn more about this in my Soul Vision/ Vision Board workshops.  What color irks you? Join us in a workshop to see how to use color to discover your best and more creative self? 

    Color brings up fear in so many people. I often hear people say "I am afraid to paint my room a color so I keep it neutral." Have you ever thought that? 

 When painting my kitchen from a dark neutral to a warm yellow it looked drastic at first. The yellow was so bright. Yellow is hard color to work with. I asked the painter to throw some white in the bucket and remix it to make the yellow a bit lighter before he painted the entire kitchen. It worked well. Try again if you don't like the color but live with the color on a part of an entire wall for a day before you change it. I once painted my living four different bright colors and it was shocking until I placed the furniture back and pillows and other accent accessories. Then I loved it. Be brave!  Working with the color wheel, learning how to mix any color helps you understand how to fill your paintings and your house or your closet with colors that bring the best out of you. Before repainting my kitchen, the color lowered my mood everytime I walked into it. Now the kitchen feels light, bright and makes me happy when I walk into it. We all love and see color differently. What turns you on?

When painting my kitchen from a dark neutral to a warm yellow it looked drastic at first. The yellow was so bright. Yellow is hard color to work with. I asked the painter to throw some white in the bucket and remix it to make the yellow a bit lighter before he painted the entire kitchen. It worked well. Try again if you don't like the color but live with the color on a part of an entire wall for a day before you change it. I once painted my living four different bright colors and it was shocking until I placed the furniture back and pillows and other accent accessories. Then I loved it. Be brave!

Working with the color wheel, learning how to mix any color helps you understand how to fill your paintings and your house or your closet with colors that bring the best out of you. Before repainting my kitchen, the color lowered my mood everytime I walked into it. Now the kitchen feels light, bright and makes me happy when I walk into it. We all love and see color differently. What turns you on?

    Knowing about color is fun and exciting.  Color theory is relatively simple to learn and once you have a handle on it,  you may become bolder when choosing a room color or you won't create muddy paintings ever again. If you do, you'll know why and then next time get even better at it. 

     In each Color and Energy workshop there will be an overall lesson for all using paint, the color wheel and color theory. There will be different exercises for beginners (and non-artists) and more advanced lessons for intermediate to seasoned artists. Beginners will be given templates and step-by-step instructions to help you gain more understanding quickly. Anyone can do these with instruction and demonstrations. The more advanced painter will be given an idea and the room to experiment and grow from what they already know. You pick the exercises that are right for you. No matter the level, everyone can feel comfortable growing as a group together because we never stop learning. We learn more and faster when working in a class than on our own or from a book because there isn't anyone there to point out to us what our blind spots are.  Plus, it is way more fun. And if you like details more than color, we can cover this as well. The workshops are safe places to learn and grow. We encourage each other.

    I have noticed the fun never stops as an artist. I just received my box of my favorite 80 hand rolled pastels that are now in the Signature Set of Linda Richichi  "Color and Energy"Pastels from Jack Richeson Company. Seeing every color gave me joy. This set was designed around the prismatic palette I use when I paint and the colors I teach with in my workshops. Call to  purchase this set from the A&F Art Store in Sarasota, FL.  click here.

    So what is your favorite color? What does it make you feel?

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 Photo doesn't include some of the backordered colors that were missing when I photographed the set.

Photo doesn't include some of the backordered colors that were missing when I photographed the set.

 What colors would you paint this little study if given only 20 minutes to fill in the shapes? What would determine your color choices?

What colors would you paint this little study if given only 20 minutes to fill in the shapes? What would determine your color choices?