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Symbolism – Green!

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Finally, one of my favorite colors, green! Green is associated with nature, rejuvenation and fertility, to jealousy, greed, and poison. Green is one of those colors that you just can’t get sick of. The sight of green for most people relaxes the mind and makes people feel at home. Why? Green symbolizes nature. Nature is comfortable for our brains, which in turn relaxes us. Kind of cool, right?

The positive:

  • Green is relaxing, rejuvenating and safe.

Green Landscape

Like I said, green is the absolute most relaxing color for the human mind. Because it’s so relaxing–to our eyes, our minds and bodies–this color represents health. When plants are at their best, they’re a beautiful, rich green. Green is rejuvenating as well because it is a healing color. Sticking with nature, I’m sure we’ve all had a foray into a park or forest and came out for the better. Some might say it’s the fresh air and sun. It could be the green!

Again with nature references (most of the positive green ones have to do with it), fertility and green go hand in hand. This has to do with the goddesses of most mythology. The goddesses of the earth (here’s where nature comes in) almost always have to do with fertility as well. Not to mention the earth is probably the most fertile thing in existence that we know of.

The Negative:

  • Green is jealous, greedy and sickly.

This is where green turns ugly. I’m not quite sure where jealousy and green became associated with each other–besides green and envy translating to jealousy. Greed however is obvious. Green often represents money, especially the American dollar. Greed is generally the excessive want of money, hence the association. As for sickly, we’ve all heard the expression “turning green.” This is because when we become sick, we get pale. When some people get pale–especially people with a more olive complexion–their skin will get a green tinge to it. Mind you, it’s very faint though!

Different greens mean different things:

  • Light green is associated with freshness and springtime.
  • Bright green shows health and vibrancy, particularly in nature.
  • Dark green relates to ambition, greed and jealousy.
  • Yellow-green indicates sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
  • Blue-green is associated with emotional healing and protection.
  • Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

Green is by far one of the most versatile colors out there. You can use it to describe youth and vitality, holiday cheer (since we’re getting close to that time, shoppers) and greed. Green is the one color you should use as much as possible, no matter what the circumstance. Anything and everything should have a touch of this emerald tone. Clothing, shoes, eyes, hair…. Everything! Fall in love with green and it’s going to stick around with you forever.

Written by Devin Bond

December 2, 2010 at 5:30 am

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Symbolism – Yellow

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To continue the spirit of symbolism, I bring you the color yellow! Yellow is one of those beautifully bright colors that can bring a smile or sting your eyes. Yellow is a very versatile color that can indicate anything from joy, creativity, optimism, caution and illness. Yellow, like the other two warm colors of the rainbow, creates warmth and grabs your attention. Yellow, like red, is used in traffic because it can grab a driver’s attention. Yellow lights to warn for stops, yellow signs to warn for hazards and upcoming changes in the road.

The bright side:

  • Yellow happy, creative and stimulating.Yellow Spotted Boxfish

I’m sure I don’t need to go in depth as to why yellow indicates happiness, so we’ll go straight into creativity. Yellow gets the energy going for both your mind and your body, which in turn gets the juices going. Not very fancy, but it’s true. Yellow is optimistic and can represent youth, which is why wearing yellow and having blonde hair (to a certain extent!) can make you look younger. This color creates alertness and clarity. A yellow piece of paper catches your attention much more than any other color. Because it indicates youth, be careful when using it with older people. Also, it’s been proven that men dislike yellow more than women, so be careful with that, too!

The dark side:

  • Yellow can indicate warning, decay, anxiety, and deceit.

With all of its good points, yellow definitely has its low points. Yellow is the color of warnings, like red again, but in a more cautionary manner than in a stopping manner. Too much yellow, like orange, creates anxiety. Babies put into a yellow room are more prone to crying than when in rooms of other colors. Dirty yellows show decay, illness (like jaundice) and deceit.

Different yellows can mean different things, too:

  • Pale yellow indicates softness and a pure friendliness
  • Light yellow shows intellect, freshness and joy
  • Dark (dingy) yellow shows decay, sickness and sometimes jealousy.
  • Yellow-orange (or Gold) relates to prestige, illumination, wealth and wisdom.
  • Yellow-green is associated with deceit and disorientation. It can also show cowardice.

Yellow! It’s a bright, refreshing color that can bring attention to you–or your characters. Whether it be blonde hair, a yellow dress, a yellow tie, who knows, even a yellow car! A little bit goes a long way with this color. This color would love to be your friend if you give it a chance. (I promise it’s nice–for the most part.)

Written by Devin Bond

November 18, 2010 at 5:30 am

Posted in Symbolism, Writing

Lesson 18: Symbolism – Orange!

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Another symbolism post. I bet you can guess what color the one after this is going to be! (Hello~ Roy G. Biv) Anyway, welcome to the world of orange! Orange is very similar to both of its creators. Orange is attention getting, happy, stimulating, and playful. There isn’t much you can do to go wrong with orange. Orange, like red, is used in marketing to grab your attention. In excess, say for instance painting an entire room bright orange, it can create anxiety. Orange is also great for lifting your spirits.

The positive:

  • Orange is vibrant, warm and creative.Orange Marigold

Your main character wakes up and grabs a glass of OJ–liquid sunshine. It’s the perfect way to wake up! Just seeing orange gets us rearing to go, so imagine drinking it! Orange is warm in ways red and yellow can’t be. It’s a mix of the two (yes, we all know) and takes the best qualities of both. It’s fiery without being too intense. It’s attention getting without disturbing the peace. Imagine a dull person wearing an orange top, bottom or even an entirely orange outfit. They’d instantly be transformed into someone that, if you didn’t know them, you’d think was outgoing and had life going just right for them. Orange can denote youth and creativity because it is so vibrant. What artist (of any type) doesn’t want to get noticed? None! Vibrancy gets attention. –Just take a look at all those natural red-heads out there. Can’t stop the stares at their orange hair~!

The negative?

Actually, there isn’t much! Besides anxiety in excess, orange is a pretty perfect color. One either loves or hates it–and hopefully you’re on the liking side.

Different oranges can mean different things, though:

  • Dark orange can indicate deceit and distrust.
  • Red-orange relates to desire, pleasure, domination, and aggression. (Yes, this was last post, but it’s still a shade of orange!)
  • Orange-brown is associated with harvest, fall and decay.
  • Light orange is soft and friendly while still being energetic.
  • Yellow-orange (or Gold) relates to prestige, illumination, wealth and wisdom.
  • Copper-orange is sensual and musky but can also indicate dirtiness and the impoverished.

Orange is a bit harder to incorporate in than red, but try it out–whether it be orange hair, clothing, accessories, rooms, who knows! The possibilities end when your imagination stops. Orange is perfect for showing energy, creativity and warmth. Let orange wake up your writing and watch the amazing results.

Written by Devin Bond

November 3, 2010 at 5:30 am

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Symbolism – Red!

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Going back to the symbolism post two weeks ago, we’re going to go over the color red! Red is a beautiful color with many meanings, which I’m sure most of us can guess. Red can show love, lust, anger, hatred, the list could go on forever. Red is an intense and powerful color that demands your attention whether you want to give it or not. It’s well known that red is used in advertising to attract customers, especially with food because the color red makes you hungry.

Crimson LeafLet’s start with the positive:

  • Red is sensual and passionate.

If that female lead of yours has ruby red lips, well… watch out boys! Why does red make people feel so sexy? Humans flush when we’re aroused–and most often, arousal is sexy. But what about that red tie your main man has? It creates a sense of power. (Ever noticed the President wearing a red tie when they need to showcase their prowess?) Like I’ve said, red draws attention. If you’re confident enough to have that attention, that shows power. Confidence = power, people!

Now for some negative:

  • Red can symbolize hate, anger, warnings, stops, blood and so much more.

Warnings and saying stop are because (once again) red gets our attention. Anger and hate can get our pulse racing, just like red. We also tend to flush a nice red whenever we get horribly upset.

Different reds can mean different things, too:

  • Light red can mean joy, passion and love.
  • Dark red is associated with vigor, rage/anger, courage, malice, and wrath.
  • Red-orange relates to desire, pleasure, domination, and aggression.
  • Red-violet is a calm vitality, and is associated with sensuality.
  • Red-brown can indicate harvest and fall.

Red is a great color that can give a nice pop to your descriptions, whether it be red lips, red hair, red tie or who knows, maybe even red eyes. Don’t be afraid to use this color, it’s your best friend. (Maybe even more than that.)

Written by Devin Bond

October 21, 2010 at 5:30 am

Posted in Symbolism

Symbolism–Colors!

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Symbolism is important in writing, that much is sure. Colors are one of the easiest ways to use it. Everyone needs colors, right? Hair color, eye color, clothing, houses, plants, skies, etc. How often do you read something and the villian has black beedy eyes or a hero/heroine with strikingly bright or dark or light eyes?

Colorful Love

This should be your writing my friends! Deliciously colorful! Yum.

Think of Harry Potter. Dumbledore was white-haired (albeit that happens when you’re 157 years old) and had twinkling blue eyes. White and blue don’t spell evil to me. Voldemort, however, has serpentine scarlet eyes. Red can be associated with blood and what does Voldemort love more than spilling just that! Especially of the Order and muggles–yum.

Colors, of course, aren’t limited to hair and eyes. Think back to high school–or your classmates if you are in high school–and remember the way everyone dresses. You could point out who was in what clique, even if you couldn’t see the brands or the styles. Goths wear black, purple, sanguine reds, maybe even a cobalt blue. Preppy girls wear pink, blue, yellow, red–any color of the rainbow.

(These are generalizations. Not all people in these cliques wear these colors. These colors aren’t only associated with these cliques. :))

And now colors in nature! Here’s where the symbolism really begins. For one, think of roses. Everyone knows red roses are for romance, black is for mourning, yellow is for friendship, etc. The list could go on forever.

Naturally, certain colors are associated with certain emotions. Deep blue can make us depressed. Red can make us lustful or it can represent hate. Green calms and reminds us of nature. Green can also make things appear dank and moldy. There’s always a connotation for everyone for every color.

So! Make sure your colors count. Should those flowers be red? Should they be white? What about the villian’s eyes? Are they going to be a gloomy blue, or maybe black? Blood red? And that neglected child we all love? Plain brown hair and some bright blue or green or hazel eyes, perhaps.

Colors should be your best friend in writing–along with adjectives and verbs and nouns and similes and metaphors–oops, getting a bit too excited there. Colors are an easy and safe fall-back to add a bit more detail to your writing.

Bring on those colors!

Written by Devin Bond

October 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

Posted in Symbolism, Writing

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