Since studying art I became fascinated with colour. In my early work I was mainly exploring different tones of the same colour or the combination of different colours together. I experimented with how they visually look together and interact with each other. Later on I started to pay attention to how colours make us feel. I started asking people who bought or saw my art for feedback about how particular paintings made them feel. Sometimes I had some very interesting answers. Some people really connected with certain colour and others didn’t. I often heard:’’ I really like this painting but I would like to have it in green, purple etc.’’ I learned a lot from asking people for feedback. It became clear that colour certainly has an effect on our feelings. It was also clear that there is no colour that resonates with everyone. Any particular colour like pink for example can be very loving and soothing but some people can’t stand it. So the effect of any colour can be either positive but it can be also negative.
This colour phenomenon is not a new discovery, it has been there for centuries. Many psychologist and colour therapist use colour as a therapy tool today to help people. I try to use colour in my artwork in a similar way. I use it as a magic tool to create certain vibration in the room and to enhance certain feelings or healing properties of people who observe it.
Let’s look at what colour actually is and how it can affect our mood. So what is colour? A colour is a light. It is light of varying wavelengths. Many of the wavelengths that are around us are not visible with our eyes. That includes microwaves, radio waves or x-rays. However there is a visible spectrum of wavelengths that we can see. It consists of seven main colours. It’s like the seven colours of the rainbow. Interestingly they are always in the same order starting with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (ROYGBIV in short). Red is at the lower end of the spectrum and has a higher wavelength but lower frequency. Violet at the top end of the spectrum has a lower wavelength and higher frequency.
I also found it very interesting that these colours and their order are matching the colours and the order of our seven main chakras (our energy centres in the body).
Each colour has its own properties. As they also resonate with our chakras they have a direct influence on our bodies and our feelings. Below are some examples of common positive colour properties.
RED: Red colour has stimulating qualities. It is a spirit of our physical life. It raises the heart rate, increased blood circulation and blood supply to infected parts of the body to enhance healing. It’s associated with energy, strength, stimulation and masculinity
ORANGE: Orange colour is associated with feminine energy, health, well-being, joy and happiness. Its exposure can help people who feel lethargic, miserable or depressed.
YELLOW: Yellow colour can lift our spirits and our self-esteem. It is the colour of confidence, optimism and intellect. Yellow colour can be used to treat skin conditions such as scars, eczemas and other skin conditions
GREEN: Green is a colour of life and balance. Is associated with harmony, universal love, peace and environment. Green is clarity and understanding
BLUE: Blue is a spirit of truth and the higher intelligence. It is a colour of peace, inspiration and tranquillity. It calms the mind and aids concentration. It’s a great colour for healing and restful environments
INDIGO: Indigo is associated with infinity, self-reflexion and contemplation. It can purify our blood stream and our auric field. It can also relieve tension, muscular strain and insomnia.
VIOLET: Violet colour is often described as a spiritual/visionary colour as it’s associated with spiritual awareness, authenticity, dignity and inner truth. Exposure to violet colour can treat many psychological disorders and viral and bacterial infections.
These colour qualities are just some positive examples. Bear in mind that each colour has also its own negative sides too. That could be perhaps described in some future blog posts.
Reading a little bit about colour and its qualities gives you a little peek into my interest of using colour as a healing tool in my artwork. If you would like to learn more about colour properties relating to Chakras please, sign up for my newsletter and you will receive free Chakra Colour Body chart. Chakra balancing with colour is another area of my interest in my work.