Color is what keeps us in the pink! Art is Life, live yours in color.
What is the EARTH without ART? It is just EH!
From the words of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist, “Color is a power which directly influences
the soul,” and from Joseph Addison, an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician, “Colors speak all languages.”
Color is what keeps us in the pink! Whether you are decorating a room, or tending to a garden, or organizing the world in which you live – color is what makes it happen. Stop for a moment and look at the colors around you. How are you feeling? What might you change? Dig into your garden or a plant and select a color that rejuvenates you, choose colors for your yarn crafts.
A wonderful colorful resource is nature. Bring new colors into your life, for example, with a self-study of birds’ colors like the Blue-footed Booby, a bird whose habitat is found off the western coasts of Central and South America, with a predominance on the Galápagos Islands. The adult male features
blue feet and the bluer they are, the more attractive they are!
Color is so important that for the last twenty years, Pantone selected a COTY (Color of the Year) that has a huge effect on decision making in many industries, fashions, and home furnishings, even packaging designs; the range is far and wide. For the first time, 2021 features two colors: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating—welcome Grello!
Color can influence us in a myriad of ways, and although subjective, there are some universalities in positive color reactions.
- Pink is romance and love, it can be calming, joyful, creative, or refreshing or good health.
- Red bathes us in warmth and comfort, or excitement.
- Yellow: “How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun,” said Vincent Van Gogh. Yellow is happiness, optimism, and youth.
- Orange is energy, sunrises and sunsets, juicy citrus, and autumn.
- Blue is a cool color, a sense of calmness or serenity. Blue is the color of sky, ocean, sleep, and twilight, the color of sincerity, inspiration, and spirituality.
- Purple is the color of royalty, may be exotic, sensual, conveys wisdom, and is often soothing, and for some, it may be mysterious.
- Green is calming, soothing, healing, and evokes feelings of compassion and optimism.
- Brown is the earth, solid, dependable, safety, and sometimes even sophisticated.
- Black represents strength, boldness, formality, or luxuriousness.
- White is seen as purity and cleanliness.
Self-care Ritual: Luxuriate in color in everything you do. If you are creating a salad, sprinkle in colors, if you are baking a casserole, add those red tomatoes, orange carrots, green peppers, and white beans. Remember the sage words of James M. Barrie, a British playwright and author of Peter Pan, “Those who bring sunshine (colors) into the lives of others cannot keep it to themselves.” Spread kindness like confetti particularly to yourself.