The power of colors in expressive arts

colors used in expressive arts

The power of colors in expressive arts

Colors make things exciting. Colors make things different. Colors make something bland beautiful.

Colors also bring something out of us. They draw emotion, feelings, and memories containing that particular color, or set of colors. At Pamela Underwood Studios, no color is ignored or forgotten about; each color is important in the painting of one’s expressive arts experience. As Expressive Arts is already focused on finding and releasing an inner sentiment, colors are a vital part in the expressive parts process.

For centuries, colors have been used to represent certain things and associations. Which is why each color has been studied by psychologists to find out what most people see in the colors they use to paint with.  According to a color psychology website located in the United Kingdom, studies show that these basic colors represent the following emotions and characteristics…

Red: mainly represents strength, power, energy, survival, strain, and defiance, as well as aggression or anger.

Blue: mainly represents intelligence and intellect. It reflects logic and coolness, but also represents sadness and coldness.

Yellow: mainly represents happier thoughts, including optimism, creativity, and extroversion. It can also stand for fragility, anxiety, or fear.

Green: green can stand for balance, environment, peace, stagnation, restoration, or harmony.

Purple: very spiritual. It means spiritual containment, luxury, decadence, introversion, and truth.

Orange: passion, warmth, fun, security, as well as frustration.

Pink: mainly stands for nurturing, femininity, love, sexuality, physical harmony, although it can also mean inhibition, or physical weakness.

Black: Black can stand for a lot. It can mean oppression, heaviness, fear, but also mean efficiency, substance, sophistication, and emotional safety.

Artists that visit Pamela Underwood are encouraged to use variations of these colors, combine them, use, and not use them in their image quests, bodywriting, and other artistic events featured at one of Pamela’s studios.

Join one of Pamela’s upcoming events and find out which colors you feel drawn out when given a paintbrush and a palette.

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