Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In the Red

"In the Red", 6x6" oil on canvas panel

No, this painting isn't about negative finances. It's about, red, one of my favorite colors to paint with. It's a color that really knows how to scream out loud. Red has the ability to conjure up a wide range of emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is the color of blood, energy, danger and fire, also known to stimulate and increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. In China, red is associated with good luck and fortune and in Singapore it symbolizes joy. It is the highest arc of the rainbow, the longest wavelength of light, and the first color you lose sight of at twilight.

According to "The Language of Stained Glass" at Armstrong Browing Library at Baylor University: When Dante spoke of the Seraphim - the first of the nine choirs of Angels - the color that "glows" was the pure orange vermilion which his fellow citizens and brothers-in-spirit (the painters, illuminators, and glassmen) knew as red. So, it may be said that pure red is the color of divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, and all the warm impulses that belong to the great-hearted everywhere.  You can read more about red here.

So what does this rather strange combination of apple, radishes and Flowering Quince (Japonica) have in common? You guessed it...the color RED! Oh, how I do love red, the warmest of all colors.

Thanks for looking through rose colored glasses with me today. : )


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