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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Symbolic Value of the Colour Red in Therapy

Painting over more than a decade and studying about response to different colours I have understood that every colour evokes a different emotion and a different response from us. Like we know red is used to express love, anger or energy and has universal appeal but yellow used for cheerfulness can also be interpreted by some as making them irritable. Some people view purple as a royal colour but it has been observed that some people find purple leading to lethargy and less energy. Hence it is proved that every colour will be interpreted as different for different people and also in different times according to your moods.
Some times we are happy to have red colour around us and it gives us energy but when we are sick or tired the same red colour will drain off our energy and make us feel more tired. Such is the power of colour. One must carefully tread this path of colours and use then effectively. A healing artist uses different colours to heal people of their problems and sicknesses. Here we are talking of using colour to our advantage.
During sickness and chronic problems the person is on medication and usually needs energy and relaxing environment. With the high stress of sickness accompanied by the problems arising due to side effects of medicine we can effectively use colour to help the individual heal better and faster.
Red colours in paintings can be in form of landscapes, still life or nature where you get floral paintings. One can incorporate red colour in paintings of patients who suffer from lack of energy or depression and this can be sued to provide energy to them as well as their rooms. An floral painting would surely enliven the room. Care must be taken to avoid very strong red colours and use it in moderation as this may also trigger an anxiety or anger attack. It is best to use shades and hues of red and pink which evoke pleasant responses of love and peace. A painting having symbols painted in red is a sure shot for success in any field or aspect of life that has been troubling you.
One can also hang a red ribbon with a bouquet of flowers near the window of such patients to get energy from each breeze of air. Children suffering from health problems and sicknesses can also be healed by using red coloured paintings. One can hang paintings of flowers, birds or houses of red colours. Remember to avoid very dark maroon colours or darker shades of red as this may lead to depression.
Red is a beautiful colour and where ever it is used it uplifts the boring environment with energy and enthusiasm and it can be very effectively used in offices and board rooms to keep the conversation going well and getting good business opportunities.

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