Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Anatomy of Color
RED - Fire, passion, love, strength. Red pushes individuals into quick decisions, alerts them to danger, & indicates high energy levels. A red sports car, a fire hydrant, a red letter in the mail.
Light red is for joy & sensitivity. Pink is femininity, friendship & love. Dark red is angry, dangerous, but also full of longing. Brown & brownish-red hues are indicative of earthiness, steadfast character, masculinity & autumn.
ORANGE - Sex, sunshine, determination, creativity. This color instantly infuses warmth. It pushes oxygen to the brain increasing activity levels. In heraldry, orange indicates strength, vitality & longevity. It is also used in the promotion of products for children because it is associated with health.
Dark orange - deceit or distrust. Red-orange is about domination, aggressiveness, passion & pleasure. Gold is prestigious, royal, & quality.
YELLOW - Joy, happy, energy. Honor, loyalty, sunshiney. This color is an attention grabber. However, it is flighty & unpredictable.
Dull yellow is jaundiced & sickly; while light yellow indicates higher intellect, lemony freshness & warm fuzzies.
GREEN - Harmony, newness, fertile fields. It is healing & restful. This color promotes a feeling of safety. Stable & enduring vs. young & inexperienced.
Dark green is envious & greedy. Yellow-green is discordant, cowardly, sickly & jealous. Aqua is protectiveness & healing. Olive delineates peaceful negotiation.
BLUE - Sky & ocean, deep & stable, confident & true. This color impedes metabolism creating a lulling effect. Blue is pious & sincere. It is indicative of precision, masculinity & an appetite suppressant.
Light blue is soft, tranquil, healthy. Dark blue is competent, serious, steadfast.
PURPLE - Royalty, luxury, extravagance. It is independent & wise, mysterious & magical. It is also introspective & playful.
Light purple is nostalgic, whimsical & romantic. Dark purple is gloomy, melancholic & depressed. It can also denote frustration.
White & black indicate polar opposites. The white wizard vs. the black knight. Perfection & obscurity. Cool & clean; dark & dirty. Simplicity vs. confusion. Purity vs. besmirched.
Color is utilized to denote emotion & character. It defines feelings in regards to environment. This aspect plays an important role in defining the action of our novels. It is powerful, evocative & necessary to the writing toolbox.
Questions: How does color play a role in your writing? Do you use color as a surprising element in your writing?