Monday, April 16, 2007

The Color RED

The Color RED
Red hair, red hat, red wine, red cherries, and of course red paint the list of things red goes on. I used to be a stockbroker and there was the red herring a business term not a color. We have the singing group "The Red Hot Chili Peppers" and several paintings that I have done of those hot little peppers. The red rose is a symbol of love and fertility. Red is an emotional color. It enhances the human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises our blood pressure.

Red is hot. It is the color of passion, always strong never mild. Red is power. Red is the flashing lights of danger…the call in the dark” The red coats are coming!”. It was a common belief that the color red had the power to protect against evil. Warriors wore red to battle to protect themselves. Wearing red bed cloths was believed to protect you from the fever. Aha! So that is wear those red flannel P J’s came from.
Madder was a European herb. The root was used as a source of dye to produce various shades of red.
Light Red: joy, sexuality, passion
Pink: romance, love, friendship, feminine qualities
Dark Red: vigor, will power, rage, anger, leadership, malice
Brown: stability, masculine qualities
Reddish Brown: fall, harvest

To read more of how we relate to color:

The color red is a bit sassy, hot and electric just like my mood when I paint. This week I will paint in red. The focus of the small daily painting will be subjects of red and I will do one large painting this week with the emotion of the color red. Neolithic cave painters, oh those old artists, ascribed magic powers to the color red. Maybe red will bring magic to my paintings.

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