Monday, March 26, 2012

Seeing Red

From the website Sensational Color ...

Increases enthusiasm
Stimulates energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate
Encourages action and confidence
Provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
  • Red is the highest arc of the rainbow.
  • Red is the first color you lose sight of at twilight.
  • The longest wavelength of light is red.
Red is the color fo the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies.
First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust.
Gemstones that will aid the Root chakra include lodestone, ruby, garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, hematite and onyx.

All photos were taken on my little Canon point and shoot
Art piece by Malaika Zweig

NYC 2007

Twin 1
Acrylic Ink on Polypropylene
by Malaika Zweig
(I love this piece! She's amazing!)

The whole world, as we experience it visually,
comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
Our entire being is nourished by it.
This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.

~Hans Hofmann

NYC 2007

Geranium Ojai 2010

NYC 2007

The Good Luck Bar
Los Angeles 2008

You can spend a lifetime studying the interaction of colours,
and painting how red can dance,
so when the viewer 'gets it'
and says 'Aha!"
their way of seeing is tranformed.

~Gayle Konantz

Do you have a favorite color? When I was little it was "rust" (I know, weird for a little girl) then it was maroon, then purple, then I went for color combinations like pink and green (what can I say, it was the 80s!) But honestly, it's hard to pick a favorite because when I see beautiful turquoise pottery I think, it's definitely turquoise. Deep purple velvet has me rethinking that, so does cobalt blue glass and the color combination of hot pink and orange, especially in flowers!

The one color I can never seem to resist though is red. If I see a sweater in any other color, it might be nice but I can resist. But in red? Pull out the credit card, it's time to shop! Red cars, red shoes, lipstick, fingernails, sofas, walls, dinnerware ... it doesn't seem to matter. (Of course, who doesn't love a red Valentino dress?) Christmastime, as you can imagine, I am beside myself! Red balls? Red beads on a tree? LOVE it! Maybe it's the fire sign thing. ;)

Here I am almost four years ago, in red, with my friend Dawn. I think it's the last time I was in a skirt that short, by the way!

Do you have certain colors that get you? That you just absolutely love? A color that makes your heart sing? And what does it mean?

Remember this song? I loved this song in high school!
O.K. I guess I just dated myself! ;)

I love love love this song from 1977!!
Good ol' Elvis. (Costello, that is.)
Who was was cooler than him? AND he wore glasses.

Here is his Sesame Street version of the song!
30 years later!!!
So funny! I love it!

What's in a name? I guess they must have named the band after his hair?
Anyway ... Here is another song released in 80s
Simply Red

I am as curious about color
as one would be visiting a new country,
because I have never concentrated so closely
on color expression.

Up to now I have waited at the gates of the temple.

~Henri Matisse

Hope you are having a beautiful, colorful week!


Tammie Lee said...

a wonderful red post....
i do like red, now
but most my life it was my least favorite color
i love the colors you have been drawn too
it is simply impossible to pick one
soft pink
golden yellow
forest greens
then there are the blues.... ah the blues

Joyce said...

A very interesting post on the color red. I enjoyed it. Is it ok to have 2 favorite colors? ;) blue and greens are my favorite, but like a splash of black. Oops that is 3 colors. xo

erin's art and gardens said...

the color blue has been my favorite color my whole darn life! i have tried and tried to use red (in art and decor), but only like it in small doses...funny how color effects people differently...

donna baker said...

Lucinda, I do not think I could choose a color, but maybe tones... I want to live in lighter tones, like the palest pink or robin's egg blue. Jewel tones are interesting, but I had a bedroom painted red and couldn't get it painted over fast enough. It was like a bull seeing red or something. Otherwise, I do love all colors. Don't know what the darker colors thing with me is. Must be because I crave light all the time.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I love that shade of deep ox blood red but I go through many colour changes...winter is rich jewel tones of browns and rusts and now that it's spring I'm looking at cool greens and turquoise blues...last summer my favorites were sky blues and soft antique pinks and roses...
Love the song by Dinah Washington "Red Sails in the Sunset".
By the way, finally got to watch "Seraphine" on your recommendation.
Fantastic! Thanks.

KathyA said...

I'm a big fan of turquoise. That's my color of choice when it comes to my clothes. However, in my garden I love combinations of red, purple, and orange. Gives me a great feeling of warmth and well-being.

rjerdee said...

this post has me Zinging! So much energy in red.

My signature color is a purple-blue...something I describe as plumbago and, relative to that, fuschia! (Fuschia is a very special red, eh?)

Cobalt Violet said...

I know- difficult to choose! I am definitely with you on the soft pink- love wearing it too! And yes the blues.... ;)

Cobalt Violet said...

Yes! Like I said, when I see turquoise I think it's turquoise! When I see cobalt ... And so on! Especially cobalt violet. ;)

Cobalt Violet said...

Yes, too much red can be overwhelming over a period of time. I can see the blue with you. In fact, when I go on your blog blue becomes my fave!

Cobalt Violet said...

I am with you on the living spaces. I painted a room too intense and nit light enough and had to paint over it.

Cobalt Violet said...

I am with you on the attraction of colors as seasons change! And I am so happy you liked the film! I will have to check out the song.

Cobalt Violet said...

I am with you on turquoise! A garden us definitely a whole different palette. Love rushes of jewel tones Too but then other gardens of pale pink white and lavender speak to me.

Cobalt Violet said...

I need to see that color Becky! And fushia is fantastic. Makes me think of colorful Indian saris.

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