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What Colors Tell Us

Updated on April 6, 2012
My wall colors
My wall colors

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up".-Allen Klein

Nationally renowned color consultant and author of "More Alive With Color" Leatrice Eiseman, says colors reveal things about us. For example, if you like Blue, it conveys faithfulness, tranquility, dependability and sensitivity. It implies stability because it’s the color of the sky. It will always be there for us she says. Even if it's temporarily gray or overcast, we know it’ll be blue again eventually. For those curious, here's a partial list of what experts say your favorite color mean...

Red: symbolizes: action, confidence, courage and vitality. Blue: youth, spirituality, truth and peace

White: purity and cleanliness. Black: death, earth and stability.Pink: love, romance, and excitement

Beige: calm and simplicity. Brown: earth, order and convention. Yellow: wisdom, joy, happiness and

intellectual energy. Lavender: femininity, grace and elegance. Purple: royalty, magic and mystery.

Teal: sophistication. Indigo: intuition, meditation and deep contemplation. Gold: wealth, prosperity,

and wisdom. Gray: sorrow, security and maturity. Green: life, nature, fertility and well being.

What's more beautiful than a rainbow, perfectly painted in the heavens, for every beholders delight and pleasure? I think it's safe to say, God loves colors because He sprayed it all over the earth and the universe. It was artist Georgia O'Keeffe who expressed it so well, "I found I could say things with colors that i couldn't say in any other way".If that is true, then we have more reason to believe that God is communicating with us everyday, through His creation, His boundless love and grace. If we are created in His image, then it follows, we are akin to the same. I don't know anyone who hates colors, do you? We may have preferences. I tend to like certain colors, and with predictability, will always pick something in the beige when shopping for tops. But, as an artist, i find myself drawn to bright colors and nature's vividness. I am a lot as described by Al Hirschfeld, "Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons".

To borrow the words of Robert Fulghum..."Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.

My Happiness Colors
My Happiness Colors

A Box of Crayons

"While walking in a toy store

The day before today,

I overheard a Crayon Box.

With many things to say.

I don't like red! said Yellow.

And Green said, Nor do I!

And no one here likes Orange,

But no one knows quite why.

We are a box of crayons

that really doesn't get along,

Said Blue to all the others.

Something here is wrong!

Well, i bought that box of crayons

And took it home with me

And laid out all the crayons

So the crayons could all see

They watched me as I colored

With Red and Blue and Green

And Black and White and Orange

And every color in between

They watched as Green became the grass

And Blue became the sky.

The Yellow sun was shining bright

On White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched,

Becoming something new.

They watched me as I colored.

They watched till I was through.

And when I'd finally finished,

I began to walk away.

And as I did the Crayon box

Had something more to say...

I do like Red! said the Yellow

And Green said, So do I!

And Blue you are terrific!

So high up in the sky.

We are a Box of Crayons

Each of us unique,

But when we get together

The picture is complete."


We are meant to blend
We are meant to blend

Why are there so many songs about rainbows?


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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      All photoshop Marian!

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      Marian Cates 

      7 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Fun article. What technique did you use to get that fabulous "Getty Garden" painting effect?

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      White is beautiful ImC! Keep your heart pure and all will go well with you. Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      I like color white because its my heart color haha

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Aloha David! Much thanks for the ok. I see you like clean and pure.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Hello2! Happy new year!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      very interesting hub and lovely poem.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      BK! (Squeal!) I have missed you so much! I'm imagining your walls and wardrobe, and i'm smiling already. Thanks for making my yearending sooo fabulous, and for the rating!

      Dave: I did? Thanks for visiting and for your kind words.

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      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      All I can say is Wow! You opened my eyes to some things I hadn't seen before, and I'll spend awhile absorbing it all. Thanks so much - the poem was a great addition.

    • BkCreative profile image


      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ooooh lovely, and I painted two walls in my living room red -(and wrote about it) - what a feel good color. And it seems once I welcomed the red walls I began adding more color - like to my wardrobe.

      Lovely poem, lovely hub and lovely writer!

      Rated up of course! Yay!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi Mickey! Missed you. Yeah, one of those poems i wished i wrote, lol! Have a beautiful, color happy new year!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Very nice! I love that poem! Encore!!!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      How nice to know that. I hope you can visit again. Happy new year to you and family!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      It's there. My bad. I like that one too.

      I have been to Hawaii a couple of times through the years. The first time was on my way home from Vietnam in 1968. The second time was with my future wife in 1989.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      DRN! Did i miss including the all vital green, when it happens to be one of my favorite colors too? How smart of you to create the color yourself. Thanks for visiting, hope all's well with you!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I am very partial to green. Since I didn't see that color in your article, I combined yellow and blue and came up with a composite that seems appropriate.


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