There is a great deal of symbolism within artwork. Some of those symbols might well mean
different things to different artists. Some artists might consider the symbolism of color
to be unimportant compared to the symbolism of a shape, a texture, or some other aspect of
a picture. Some artists prefer to work without color, other artists would never want to
work without color.
Within artwork something as simple as changing the color of the land, or the sky an
artist can transform a landscape on this world into the landscape of another world. Nothing
more than changing the color of a the skin of a picture of a person can change a human
into a humanoid alien. In some pictures it can be entire difference between gold,
silver, and bronze. Within artwork colorful has a very powerful role to
play, a role that should never be underestimated.
Color is light reflected off of an object and into your eyes at a wave length. But
what is of interest here is what kind of stimulating effect that might have on the
human brain. The color you choose to put to use in your artwork can both reflect and
alter your state of mind.
While I will admit that there is more to it than just simple symbolism with in your
artwork. This subject is related to fields ranging from quantum physics to Nero-biology
to psychology to new age spiritual schools of thought to alternative medicine all dealing
with how the use of color in all parts of our lives (including our artwork) effects us,
our brains, our minds, our moods, everything. There are entire books and websites
devoted to the subject.
Being creative can have healing effects on a person. In addition to being symbolic
what colors you choose to have in your artwork, and your life can be a healing influence
within your life. Your favorite, as well as your least favorite color, in your artwork,
in your wardrobe, in your decorative choices can also tell you something about your
What might be more surprising to find out is that the subconscious mind can guide you
toward and away from colors you need to have or avoid in your life, including your artwork.
Finding out more about why you are drawn to or repelled from using certain colors in your
artwork (and the rest of your life) can tell you something about yourself.
Since there are entire books and websites devoted to this subject it's a reasonable assumption
that I can't do justice to this in only one article. So this is only the first of several
short articles on the of the subject of color, and it's symbolism in your artwork, and your