How Colour Shapes Our Feelings in Art - Gina Clark Fine Art

How Colour Shapes Our Feelings in Art

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction to the World of Colour

  2. Colour Theory: The Basics

  3. My Palette, My Voice

  4. Colours and Emotions: A Personal Journey

  5. Choosing Art with Colour in Mind

    Introduction to the World of Colour

    Today, we're diving into the vibrant world of colours, unpacking their powerful role in art and emotion. Ever been struck by a surge of joy at the sight of sunlit yellow, or felt a wave of calm from a soothing blue? Then you've felt the language of colours—a language that speaks directly to our soul, molding our emotions and shaping our experiences.

    Colours do more than fill space; they communicate, evoke feelings, and transform our connection to the world around us. They're not just elements of visual appeal; they're vital storytellers, crafting scenes and setting moods that resonate deep within us.


    Colour Theory: The Basics

    Colour theory is the secret sauce that makes art sing. Imagine it as the rulebook that explains how colours can chat with our emotions, set the vibe of a room, or even sway our thoughts without us realizing. At its core, colour theory deciphers the magic behind why a fiery red can pump up our adrenaline or why a cool blue has the power to soothe our spirits.

    Let's break it down a bit, shall we? Warm colours like red, orange, and yellow are the life of the party, bringing energy, passion, and joy. They're the colours of sunsets and autumn leaves, sparking excitement and warmth in our hearts. On the flip side, cool colours—think blues, greens, and purples—whisper calmness and reflection, like a serene lake or a shadowy dusk. They have the power to relax our minds and bring us back to a state of tranquility.


    'Sorbet' by Gina Clark


    But it's not just about single colours shouting their feelings; it's also how they play together. Colour theory guides us in mixing and matching these hues to create harmony or contrast, balance or tension. Complementary colours, sitting opposite on the colour wheel, can make each other pop and zing, while analogous colours, those next to each other, sing in harmony, creating a soothing blend. This dance of colours, informed by colour theory, is a fundamental tool in my artistic arsenal, helping me weave emotion and narrative into every piece I create.

    My Palette, My Voice

    Let's dive into the juicy bit—my approach to colour in art. It's not just about picking pretty shades; it's about what I'm itching to express, the stories that need to be told, and the emotions I want to stir in you. Think of my palette as a deliberate choice of words in a silent but vivid conversation. Each hue, from the deepest crimson to the softest pastel pink, carries its own weight of passion, joy, tenderness, or peace. These aren't random splashes of colour; they're intentional strokes that shape the emotional heartbeat of each piece.

    Every colour I choose is a piece of a larger puzzle, selected not just to catch the eye but to capture a feeling, a moment. That deep crimson? It's not just red; it's the intensity of a fleeting heartbeat, the depth of a raw wound, or the warmth of a lingering embrace. And that pastel pink? It's the softness of dawn's first light, the gentle touch of a comforting hand. Through my palette, I'm inviting you into a world where colours speak louder than words, where they weave together to tell a story that resonates, moves, and connects us.

    Colours and Emotions: A Personal Journey

    Diving into the colours I use is like reading pages from a diary. Every hue, like blue, carries its own emotional weight—depth, calm, or a hint of sadness. For example, painting with blue isn't just adding colour; it can be an invitation into introspection, a moment to explore your own depths.


    Fresh - Gina Clark Fine Art

    'Fresh' by Gina Clark


    Or consider the vibrancy of orange (a favourite of mine), a colour that can ignite feelings of warmth, energy, and sometimes, a touch of adventure. By weaving these colours into my work, I'm not just creating art; I'm crafting an emotional experience, a shared journey between the viewer and me - even if we don't respond to colours in the same way.


    Choosing Art with Colour in Mind

    When introducing art into your space, think of colour as your beacon. Sure, complimenting your décor matters, but it’s the emotional chord a piece strikes, the ambiance it crafts in your room, and the narratives it weaves that truly transform a space. My tip? Tune in to the dialogue of colours. If a piece sings to your heart through its palette, trust it. It’s bound to create an atmosphere that not only mirrors what you want to express but also adds depth to your everyday surroundings.


    Linger - Gina Clark Fine Art

    'Linger' by Gina Clark


    Remember, the emotional resonance colour evokes is deeply personal. What whispers serenity to me might shout joy to you, or murmur nostalgia to another. This subjective experience is what makes colour so powerful in art—it’s not a one-size-fits-all but a spectrum of reactions as diverse as we are. Embrace this individuality in response. Let the colours speak to you in their own unique language, guiding you to find art that not just decorates, but truly connects with you.

    Colour is a dialogue between the canvas and the world, a way to convey the unspeakable, and to connect on a level that words just can't reach. Next time you look at a piece of art, take a moment to feel the colours, to listen to their stories, and let them whisk you away on an emotional journey. 


    Gina Clark is a contemporary Canadian abstract artist who explores life and nature through vibrant colour and expressive marks. She lives and works in Kenora, Ontario on Treaty 3 territory. Learn more.