All About Color

This week is all about color for me. I love color, and lately my color preferences are becoming bolder. Colors that I never thought I liked are now my absolute favorites. I have a huge collection of beads, and in my collection are many statement beads that have punches of vibrant color. When I first started making jewelry and doing bead work, I used a lot of beads and a lot of different colors; however, today my work seems to be moving in a different direction. I’m leaning more toward single colors and simply clean lines and shapes. I’ve experimented with several different designs, and I have finally come up with a necklace that I find simplistic and striking. Each piece features a different color and in the process of making the necklaces I have become interested in the different colors meanings and symbolism. We all have particular colors that we are drawn to–what’s your color?

 

 

The color red is known to symbolize prosperity, joy, heat, and life. Wearing red will increase your enthusiasm and give you more energy.

 

 

 

The color blue is associated with wisdom, faith, and heaven. Blue has the ability to create a calming effect.

 

 

 

 

There is a vast amount of information on the web about colors and their meaning. Here are a couple links that I referred to. . .

http://crystal-cure.com/color-meanings.

http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

Lighthouses

“Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.”

Charles Simic

The other day I was talking with a group of friends about our lives, and the difficult situations that are often placed in front of us, when I heard something deeply inspiring.  My friend Beth was reflecting on her life and her recent medical condition, and she said that she was grateful for all the wonderful people in her life, who have been her beacons. She  explained that many  people throughout her life have served as light houses who have guided her along the way. I thought, “how cool is that!” What a great analogy, and when I think about it I too have had my fair share of light houses in my life, and in the future I hope to have many more. So for my latest collage I incorporated the image of light house. In life I think it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have or how people have wronged us, but what about all the people who have guided us along the way?

Below is a public domain light house image that I find amazing!

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The Daisy

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

. . . Leonardo da Vinci

The last flower that I will explore is the daisy. I have loved daisies for as long as I can remember. I think it’s their beautiful simplicity that draws me too them. In the book, The Language of Flowers by Marina Heilmeyer, the daisy is referred to as the “love flower”. This is due to the fact that in the fifteenth century daisy petals began being plucked off to determine if someone “loved you” or “loved you not.”

Daisies are considered sacred to the German goddesses Freya and Ostrara. In Roman Catholicism the daisy is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and a love that transcends all. The daisy is also a symbol of contempt for worldly goods. In the book of Hours, it is said that all of god’s creations even the tiniest of daisies hold vast wisdom.

Below is a public domain image of a daisy that I found online at vintage printables.

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The Dahlia

Over the past couple of days, I have been tossing around ideas for the flower in my next collage and I was leaning toward the daisy. However, my one year old and I were out shopping when she spotted a bunch of dahlias in a crowd of several other flowers. She said, “pretty” and my response was, “yes they are beautiful.” I took a short pause looking at the stunning flower and my mind was made up. Like most things in life it came out of nowhere. Needless to say, I came home and searched for the perfect images to make a collage on the dahlia and everything fell in to place. I love it when that happens! Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that my flower books wouldn’t have any information on dahlias. I’m surprised that a flower so striking isn’t more note worthy.

Looking online I did find some interesting information about the dahlia. From the site www.gardenguides.com I discovered that the dahlia is the national flower of Mexico and the official flower of the city of San Francisco. Most flowers only have two genes, but the diverse dahlia has eight. Dating as far back as 1552, the Aztec where known to use dahlias for their healing properties associated with the treatment epilepsy. In addition, the Aztecs used the big stems of the Dahlia imperialis to carry water. Symbolically the dahlia is said to be a sign of dignity and elegance. It can also be a sign for travel, change, and it can signify a warning.

The digital art collage below is made using a variety of layered vintage images, ephemera, lace, and fabric. A giclee print with archival inks can be purchased at my Etsy store. (This image is copyrighted and can’t be printed or copied for any reason.)

Dahlia Digital Art