Monday, March 19, 2007

What is your color

Our association and upbringing is the one factor affecting our experience with colors. From early on in life, we were exposed to colors, making it known that colors are something beautiful. That without it, things are dull or dead-looking. Color still. We can relate things, events and even persons to colors.

As everyone may know, yellow, orange and red are often associated with heat, thus the sun and fire. It seem inappropriate representing heat in different colors other than that. Somehow it lacks something we cannot point our fingers on. These same colors are considered high stimulating colors. Red has been known to arouse the senses and increase the blood pressure. This is seen as an example in a casino. According to studies, people tend to gamble more and raise their bets when seated under a red light.

Blue, green and violet, on the other hand, signify coolness, the color of the leaves, ocean and sky. Although most artists add their own touches by blending in other colors, these former were the original and most distinguishable ones. These are the opposites of red, yellow and orange; they are the low arousal colors. These colors are often associated with peace and tranquility and appears exciting to the eyes.

For most people, especially women, the first decision they make at the start of the day is about color harmony. This is in deciding what clothes to wear for the day. Oftentimes, the kind of season plays the biggest part in these decision. As with other associations, the weather has its own variety of colors in clothes that people wear. The brightest of the season brings with it the brightest of the clothes as opposed to gloomy weathers which brings with it the tendency to dress poorly because of the depressed feeling caused by the weather.

Nature is the main source of color ever since time started. Flowerbeds in its bloom, the sun reflecting in the slow moving, butterflies flying low in the garden, fishes swimming in the pond and the view of the mountain in front of the setting sun. These are just some of the examples of nature that artists have tried and still trying to put into their canvasses. These artists captures nature and color into prints as close as they are in real life. Although not even the greatest of the best of them can equal the color that is in nature.

So, do you know your color?

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About the Author

Florie Lyn Masarate got a flair for reading and writing when she got her first subscription of the school newsletter in kindergarten. She had her first article published on that same newsletter in the third grade.