Last year I went to Yellowstone National Park (http://www.yellowstonepark.com/) with my Dad’s friends. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend that you visit it at least once in your life. Everywhere you turn is Mother Nature’s masterpieces of grandeur – mountains, lakes, flora and, of course, colors galore. Thousands of colors burst from every picture-perfect scene; natural art is bountiful and inimitable.
When I saw this view of Yellowstone Lake, I literally thought I was in Heaven. It would be impossible to even try to count the endless colors here, the depth and details unlike anything manmade.
It inspired an attempt at capturing the richness and complexity in my fabric design. Admittedly, nothing compares to the splendor witnessed at Yellowstone, however this blouse comes a close second.
The two dominant colors I included were various shades of blue and orange. These colors are located on opposite sides of the color wheel, technically referred to as “Complementary.” Like opposites that attract, they complement and balance one another.
This started my own wheels turning about the psychology of color combining.
Just as children are a combination of genes received from both parents, they grow to become their own unique person. When two colors combine, they take on the energetic qualities of the original colors, yet become their own color entity.
Orange is created by combining red and yellow.
Red is an intense color emotionally, symbolizing danger, power and passion.
Yellow is the color of sunshine and is associated with joy, lightness, the intellect, and buoyant energy.
Orange is the melding of two different energies that becomes uniquely its own.
By combining the red and yellow, you now have a color that simultaneously “tones down” and “lifts up” its original two parents. So, orange calms red from passion to enthusiasm; turns danger into fascination, strength rather than power. It takes yellow’s intellect and morphs it into success, uplifts joy into happiness, and gets lightness to become determination.
To the human eye orange is a “hot” color, yet not as in-your-face aggressive as red. Orange produces an invigorating effect, stimulating mental activity to support what yellow is attempting to do to our intellect.
It’s also intriguing to see what happens psychologically when you pair complementary colors, such as blue and orange, together.
Blue is associated with depth, stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, faith, truth, and heaven. Like a clear blue sky lazy afternoon, it calms the mind and body, slowing down metabolism and producing tranquility.
Like a well-balanced marriage of opposites, blue is the soothing partner that quiets the invigorating strength that uplifting orange emanates.
Mother Nature has all this figured out naturally.
Humans, with our insatiable need to understand why, obsessively try to figure it out scientifically. Honestly, although it’s fascinating, I delight in these artistic gifts of nature without needing to understand them logically or psychologically.
Like taking in the magnificence of Yellowstone Park and saying wow not why.
Or wearing a natural reminder in a Lalamel one-of-a-kind silk blouse!