Colours and what they mean
Positive: love, passion, desire, sexuality,Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.
Red is a powerful colour. It has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, Too much red causes loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviors. To get out of control emotions under control add green, the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.
Blue is soothing; You see blue on a lot of websites because,it is the colour of trust. Blue is the colour of calm and serenity, and as such inspires security and a feeling of safety. However not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic,it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom,imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Darker blues tend to be more sombre, heightening the security aspects, which makes them an excellent choice for professionalism and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration.Too much blue can create feelings of melancholy, negativity, sadness, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. It can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.
The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating. In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety.. A dull or dingy yellow may represent caution, sickness, and jealousy.
Positive: Harmony, balance, growth,refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level. Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful. Green is a color that helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. dark green represents greed, ambition, and wealth, while yellow-green stands for sickness, jealousy, and cowardice, and olive green represents the traditional color of peace. Negatively, it can indicate stagnation and, incorrectly used, will be perceived as being too bland.
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality, royalty, nobility, creativity . Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.
It takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality. Light purple or lavender is a feminine, graceful, elegant color that has long been associated with refined, wealthy women. Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other colour.
Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security,playful,energetic passion,sensual, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.
Since it is a combination of red and yellow, orange is stimulating and reaction to it s a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow.Dark orange may represent deceit and distrust, while red-orange relates to passion, pleasure, desire, aggression, domination, and action, and a golden orange often stands for prestige, wisdom, illumination, wealth, and quality. A light orange or peach color tend to be more friendly and soothing.Studies show that the orange color can create physical effects such as increased hunger and heightened sense of activity. It is a ‘fun’ colour. Negatively, it might focus on the exact opposite – deprivation. This is particularly likely when warm orange is used with black. Equally, too much orange suggests frivolity and a lack of serious intellectual values.
Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.
Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates.Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. However,too much pink is physically draining and can be somewhat emasculating.
With this Information I proceeded to conceptualise and choose the colours for my compositions.Keeping in mind to use different colour harmonies to bring out the emotions I am trying to convey.My approach was to use humans for the “me” column , Body parts to represent the settings and animals to symbolise the outcome. The colour harmonies I chose to employ for this project would be :Triadic, Analogous ,Monochrome and split complementary.I also chose to keep each composition monochromatic as well , In order to be able to include more details and increase my speed as I was using watercolours.
For each of the compositions, I found a reference picture and added my own spin to them. For example for my hand composition, I was inspired by this picture..so on and so forth.
Ms joy stated i should have been more clear with my final row,which is the split complementary row.I should lean my colours more towards blue green instead of the blue that i used in order for it to be more split complementary in nature.With that said, She also commented that my eagle was more clear and she could see the effort put into building the layers of the water colour.