Do you believe in colours? What do colours represent for you?
Do you surround yourself with special colours because they make you feel good? Are you colour sensitive in clothes, painted walls, paintings or blossoms in your garden? Or, do you prefer subtle tones of beige and grey?
The other day I came across this leaf:
What a beauty on a grey pavement
I have a friend who calls me “woman in red” because I like to wear red clothes. Not always, it depends on my mood. And sometimes it is not even a conscious act. I pick a dress in the morning and when I look into the mirror I see a red clad woman.
Red is a colour I associate with courage, wearing red gives me an energy boost and I believe it has a subconscious influence on others. Therefore, when I have an important meeting I tend to wear something red, not necessarily to intimidate my counterpart but to make a statement to myself (“You can do it. Do not hide your light under a bushel.”)
Once I started looking around I saw red all over the place.
A red sculpture by Rudolf Tschudin who currently has an exhibition at my friend Lily’s gallery Galerie Lilian Andree in Riehen:
Red sculpture by Rudolf Tschudin
In western countries red is also a symbol for martyrs and sacrifice, particularly because of its association with blood. Think of the Pope and Cardinals who wore red to symbolize the blood of Christ.
Not my cup of tea, I mean the idea of equating red with sacrifice.
Red leaf on a green background
And high over the roof tops another red beauty:
A red salute from a roof top
Maybe you do not believe in the symbolism of colours but you cannot deny the fierceness of these red objects:
hot, hotter, hottest
Christian holidays such as Santa Claus, Christmas and Valentine’s Day are celebrated with red, signaling joy. And in other cultures red is the symbol for happiness, think of a Chinese wedding.
And red foods, but I am getting carried away and there will be a separate post on red foods.
Wishing us all more red in our everyday life and do not forget:
Red is the colour of love and happiness.