It is a gloriously sunny Spring afternoon here in northern Oregon. It’s the perfect temperature for a walk to stretch legs and disperse mental cobwebs. The frogs in the pond have started their evening serenade early. Cherry blossom snow has blown away, tulips open their faces to the sun in the morning, close them in the evening, and the rhododendrons are bursting out in stages here and there – trying to keep up with the azaleas. Idyllic.
And yet, today, in this country, we have lost another 2000+ people to this virus that is ravaging the world. It is heartbreaking. And it adds to the anxiety, fear, worry and stress we are all feeling to one extent or another as we social distance while looking out for one another and mourn loss of lives, jobs and independence of movement. And yet, many of us are also finding this to be a time of introspection and mindful self-searching.
So, as someone passionate about colors – how they affect us, support us, resonate with us – I began to wonder how we might use color to help abate the negatives and boost the positives of our current situation. Healing palettes, perhaps?
In each posting, I’ll talk about the psychological and emotional effects of a single hue/color family and then create color combinations with it. The end goal is to build out a full palette for each Color Zone with samples from all 15 Resonance Color hues using different media – paint colors, yarns and graphics. All hues will be included because what may feel healing to me is not necessarily what is healing for you. Although we are all in this together, we are affected differently and therefore will follow different paths of recovery.
With the paint colors, I’ll propose palettes for your consideration should sheltering in place include painting your walls in order to create a personally supportive ‘color trend’ that works for you and your family during this challenging time.
As for the yarn, I bought a packet of 109 gorgeous mini skeins of Scheepjes Catona some time ago. I’ve sorted them into their respective Color Zones and will crochet them into an assortment of flowers motifs. I’m imagining flowering cushions, handbags, tablemats, and… well, we’ll see what emerges.
Now, for the graphics, given that I am not a graphic designer, I will rely on the designs of talented graphic designers who have made their work available through various subscription services.
OK. I’ll get started. Please check back every few days for a new addition to healing palettes.
Color Zones = Color Psych 101 - The foundation, the mood and energy setting.