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A guide of color language and codes as used in many painting..

Updated on July 18, 2015

Color Field Painting.

attribution: By Gmhofmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
attribution: By Gmhofmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Painting Using Color Code and Language.


The color world and language

Did you know, each and every single color used in painting has a shouting message? Hence, it’s worthy to appreciate the fact that each color has its meaning. It’s like a code of expression or a unique way of sending a message to people. A color message is easily understood depending in the context the color is used.

Lots of people wonder what all the different colors actually mean. Others, also wonder why artist would stick their heads in painting. Why use colors to paint? Because they’re beautiful and appealing to the eyes. or because they're luring and swaying.

why use colors then?

For instance,

In any campaign involving the environment we use to green color. Why use green color? Why in this campaign?

In blood donation campaigns, a painting of pure red drops is used. Why use pure red color? Why in this campaign?

Red Color Painting


What Does Red Color in a Painting Mean?

This is a shade that you often see in love and bloodshed situation. It’s a unique color, always gifted and used in almost every occasion. The color is present in almost every picture I come across. In painting red is used twice- pure red and dark red. Each has its meaning and message to share.

Meaning of pure red color in paintings.

Pure red color in paintings symbolizes many different ideas depending how its used.

  • In Love and relationship paintings.

The obvious meaning of pure red color is love, romance and passion.

For example, paintings characterized with pure red color send the message of love and romance.

Pictures of pure red rose, are gifted during valentine to express sincere love.

“I love you”

  • In Work and job situations paintings.

Pure red color in painting may be used to symbolize courage, beauty and congratulation in work situation. Instead of someone being told,” job well done” a pure red paint of prosperity is always gifted.

  • In Authority and hierarchy paintings.

Pure red color is also used to show authority in some painting. Hence, pure red color also means respect.

Royal families used pure red colored robs and clothes present their power, authority and ranking in the society.

red color painting of central Asian Buddhist monks

attributed: By of the paintings - Unknown. Of the book, Albert von Le Coq. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
attributed: By of the paintings - Unknown. Of the book, Albert von Le Coq. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Meaning of dark red color in a painting.

Dark red color in a paint symbolizes, thoughts depending how it’s used.

  • In love and relationship painting.

Dark red color is used to show beauty of a relationship and friendship. It may also show deep and sincere love in some paintings.

May also mean “I love you until death do us apart.”

  • In war and struggle painting.

Dark red color shows a lot of bloodshed and injuries in this context.

  • Future prophecy paintings.

Dark red color means a warning and say that something bad is about to happen

Black Color in a Painting


Meaning of Black Color in a Painting

Black means no color. It sounds funny yet we all see it hence it’s a color. This is real and original definition by painters. In literature, black means having the darkest color like night or coal.

When black color is used in painting it show:

  • In ceremonial painting.

Black color in a ceremonial painting shows, sadness and the mood of ceremony to be nostalgic. It may also suggest, the ceremony went sour.

Black color may be used in a death or farewell painting.

For example: in death ceremony people put on black clothes to show doom and happy farewell.

  • In mood painting.

Black color registers sad and nostalgic mood when used in mood painting.

  • In a war and struggle painting.

In a war and struggle painting, black color represents defeat or reign of certain party. Hence, black is the color of supremacy.

Black color may suggest, the battle has gone sour with a lot of bloodshed and many have lost the lives in such a situation.

White Color Painting of Sky

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons property of united states.
Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons property of united states. | Source

White color in painting means.

White color in a painting means?

White is having the color of fresh snow. What does white color represent in a painting? The following are different meaning of white color as used in different paintings.

  • In a relationship and friendship painting.

White color is used in a relationship painting to show purity, care, secrecy, and peace.

  • In a person’s painting.

White color registers youthfulness and innocence. Moreover, it may also show a bright feature a head of someone’s life.

  • In a war and struggle painting.

White as meaning of peace and silence. When white color is used in a painting or a picture it shows war is over and peace has taken over in the society.

  • In weather and atmosphere painting.

White color in atmosphere painting shows clouds-cumulus clouds thus the weather is good. If white color droplets are present in atmosphere painting, it symbolizes rainfall.

  • In ceremonies and parties.

White color present in a ceremonial painting shows happy ending filled with silence and peace.

For instance, during weddings bride puts on white dress to show it’s a peaceful occasion filled with happiness.

In most cases white color in a painting always shows the presence of peace, silence and happiness.

Purple Color Painting

attributed: By Carlos Enrique Velázquez Moreyra. El cuadro fue pintado por Carlos Enrique Velázque Moreyra (Archivo del Maestro Moreyra) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
attributed: By Carlos Enrique Velázquez Moreyra. El cuadro fue pintado por Carlos Enrique Velázque Moreyra (Archivo del Maestro Moreyra) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

What Does Purple Color Signify in a Painting?

Purple color is made up of many other colors. These colors include lavender, violet, peach, lilac and even dark purple color. Something unique, all this colors have same meaning and they’re are mainly used in relationships paintings.

  1. In love paintings.

When used in love painting they share wide range of messages about the relationship. These messages include.

  • Purple color means, enchantment in relationship.
  • Lavender color means, love at first sight.
  • Lilac color means, the desire one has to start a relationship.
  • Dark purple color means that love relationship has a deep attachment.

2. In friendship painting.

When used in a friendship painting purple color represents.

  • Attachment in friendship.
  • Long lasting friendship
  • True friendship
  • Appreciation in friendship
  • Sincerity and gratitude in friendship.

Purple color is always used in love and relationship painting to show the degree of the relationship- love, care and share.

Pink Color Painting of the Portrait of a Scholar


Pink Color in Painting Means

Pink color in painting means?

While using pink color make sure you don’t confuse it with pure red color. Yes, the two might share same information but painters always consider them as two different “persons” In the art and color world.

Pink color-light and dark pink are used specifically in love, friendship and relationship paintings.

Dark pink color in painting means:

  • Appreciation
  • Gratitude
  • Thanks

Light pink color means:

  • Joy
  • Sweetness
  • Gladness
  • Grace
  • Perfect happiness
  • appreciation

Pink color in ceremonial painting shows:

  • Sympathy in death painting.
  • Joy in wedding painting.

Yellow Painting of Trees Canopy

Att"Mike" Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commonsribution:
Att"Mike" Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commonsribution: | Source

What Is the Meaning of Yellow Color in a Painting?

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I really enjoying viewing a site characterized of yellow shade. Am attracted to yellow flowers, yellow rose is my favorite of all.

Yellow is the color of lemons. Yellow color in painting or picture registers:

  • In relationship painting.

Yellow color in friendship and love painting shows there is promise made. It may also show a new beginning in this painting.

To show joy and happiness in a relationship a painter uses yellow color.

  • In a struggle and war painting.

In struggle or war painting, yellow painting shows a break through. As many would like to say “victory”

Blue Robe Painting


What Does Blue Color in a Painting Symbolize?

In all situation blue color in paintings symbolizes “the impossible.” The sky is always blue and high, no one can jump and touch it. Hence, blue color means something in a painting is impossible.

When blue color is used in a weather painting it symbolizes the sky. We all know, the sky is always blue in color.

Pillars of Shame in Orange.

Attribution: By Dorange35 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
Attribution: By Dorange35 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Orange Color in a Painting Suggests.

What is the meaning of orange color in a painting?

Orange color in a painting suggest:

  • Desire in love and relationship painting.
  • Enthusiasm in every painting
  • Curiosity in educative paintings
  • Beauty in ceremonial paintings.
  • Hope in war and struggle painting, society painting and a sun painting.

Green Color Painting-forest


Green color in a painting suggests.

Green is the color of grass, and most plant leaves. Green color is used mainly in nature painting to show and share a healthy and raw environment.

In nature paintings, green color also signifies life-human, animal and plant life.

Green color used in human and animal painting suggests they are raw.

Green may be used in philosophy paintings to symbolize the knowledge present in the painting is unique and raw,.

Green color is mainly used in nature and environment painting. For instance, during campaigns on trees, green paintings are always used.

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