We all have different associations with colors and feelings attached to them. Colors, smells and sounds attach themselves to meaningful memories that live in the deep recesses in our brains. That blue that you never liked without knowing why until you found a picture of that dress you felt so awkward in at prom. The smell of newly mown grass brings to mind a deep pure green and your memories of summer and rolling down the grassy hill in the park. I had a teacher in a color class in college who said he didn’t like pink. It was too, too sweet, like baklava. Needless to say, we all made sure to remove pink from our color palettes that semester. (Although I love baklava!) I also have had trouble with pink. I associate it with Barbie dolls and society’s efforts to put girls in that box, with pink and lace, be sweet and silent. It has taken me some time but I have been able to see pink as just another color and use it without cringing.
Another difficult color for me is brown. I saw another artist on facebook post about her paintings looking all brown and muddy and that she didn’t know how to change that. I replied that brown is beautiful! Why change it? Brown is the color of the earth, chocolate, playing in the mud when you were little. All positive things. That being said, when I did a painting with a bold brown brushstroke, I literally shuddered and thought “This looks like a dog dragged it’s ass across my painting!” and immediately removed it. Some associations are harder to break than others. I’ve done some pieces with brown since then but I’m still working on that one.
I love blue and all it’s variations. It reminds me of an early memory watching my mother get dressed to go out in a blue dress. I love gray. Gray and all it’s tones bring me back to my first foray into creativity in high school through photography (black and white of course) and discovering all the colors and tones in gray. I fell in love with gray then.
What colors do you love? What makes you feel good when you wear it? Which color(s) make you smile or shudder and grimace involuntarily? Let me know in comments, I’d love to know your feelings about color!