The Color Pink… Love—Romance—Tenderness

The Color Pink

Pink has long been considered the universal color of love, and is a long-standing favorite color for a gift of flowers.

Sensual and passionate describe more vibrant tones of pink.

Bright pink colors can increase your pulse rate and cause energy to surge.

Pink is also called the color of happiness. It is believed to encourage friendship.

Pink encourages relaxation, acceptance and contentment.

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

I hope I have captured the wonderful characteristics of pink in my Pink Mum and Gerbera Daisy photographs.

Please take a closer look at a larger version of these two photographs, plus more color-themed images by following the links below.

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The Color Orange… Flamboyant—Warm—Jovial

The Color Orange: Glass Works 13
The Color Orange: Glass Works 13

The color orange excites the senses. Orange invigorates the body and stimulates mental activity.

Desire, creativity, emotion, pleasure, and intimacy…these are all terms associated with the flamboyant color orange.

Color therapists use orange to promote joy and counteract depression.

Orange is the color of the extrovert, the adventurer and risk-taker.

Orange also connotes a creative flair, a sense of enthusiasm, and spontaneity.

And as Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest color.”

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

The Color Orange: Glass Works 16

I hope I have captured the wonderful characteristics of orange in the photographs Glass Works 13 and 16.

Please take a closer look at a larger version of these two photographs, plus more color-themed images by following the links below.

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Glass Works 13

Glass Works 16

 

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The Color Green… Tranquility and Peace

The Color Green… Tranquility and Peace

The color green represents tranquility and peace.

Green in our environment has the power to relax us both mentally and physically.

Green is the color of healing, and is recognized for its role in helping alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety.

Green is the most prominent color in nature thus symbolizing the coming of spring and new growth.

Green is also thought to be the most restful color for the human eye.

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

I hope I have captured a sense of green’s peace and tranquility in Glass Works 20.

Please take a closer look at a larger version of Glass Works 20 and more color-themed photographs by following the links below.

Stay tuned—I’ll be featuring more images and their good-for-the-soul color characteristics in future posts.

Glass Works 20

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The Color Red… Vitality—Courage—Strength

The Color Red: Glass Works 17

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

Vitality, courage, and strength are all attributes of the color red.

Red is the color of lovers. Think Valentine’s Day, romance, passion and excitement.

Red is also the color of intensity, fierceness, fire and blood.

Red stirs our emotions, stimulates us to action, and fills us with energy.

In healing, red counteracts anemia, lack of energy, impotence, and low blood pressure.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

The Color Red: Waterfall on the LA 405

I hope I have captured red’s energy in, “Waterfall,” and red’s strength and vitality in “Glass Work 17.”

Please take a closer look at larger versions of these photographs by following the links listed below.

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Waterfall from the LA 405 Series

 

The Color Brown… Stability-Depth-Elegance

The Color Brown

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

Brown is the color of the earth. It creates a connection with all things natural, and imparts a wholesome feeling.

Brown is also associated with the material side of life. It’s believed if you dream of the color brown you will be lucky with money.

American Indians believe the color brown represents the power of self-discipline. Brown brings us back down to earth by calming our emotions and arousing common sense.

Brown is the color of choice when you are looking to create a sense of warmth, naturalness and dependability.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

The images Water Works 03, Glass Works 01, and Glass Works 18 feature the qualities of the color brown.

To take a closer look at these images follow the gallery links listed below.

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The Color Blue—Calm and Comforting

The Color Blue

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

Blue symbolizes trust, wisdom, intelligence, faith, and truth.

Quiet, peace and serenity are all equated to the color blue. Just think of relaxing on the beach with an ocean of cool, calm, blue water stretching out as far as the eye can see.

The color blue helps you wind down and rest as it relaxes your muscles and quiets the mind.

Blue is also the color of spirituality and thought. Blue counters chaos and agitation bringing peace and serenity to the troubled mind.

Blue is also known to open the flow of communication and broaden one’s perspective to learn new information.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create images that featured a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics.

The images Glass Works 08 and Water Works 09 feature blue.

Is there is a space in your home or business that would benefit from the characteristics of the color blue? If so, I invite you to take a closer look at these two photographs, as well as other images featuring blue, by following the links below.

Stay tuned—I’ll be featuring more images and their color characteristics in future posts.

 

Characteristics of Gold

The Color of Gold: Water Works 04

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response, impact mood, and even have healing powers.

As a photographer, I challenged myself to create a series of images that were more about the color in the image, than the subject I was photographing.

Each Water Works image features a dominant color chosen for its beneficial characteristics. Additionally, the patterns, shapes and textures created by the splashing water drops create a visually entertaining image.

Gold is the dominant color in my Water Works 04 image.

Gold symbolizes good health and is an important color in the art of oriental healing. The color gold is recognized for its beneficial effect on the immune system. It is also recognized for its ability to strengthen the heart and improve cardiac conditions.

The color gold is known to promote courage, confidence and willpower. So, not surprisingly, gold is also a symbol of wealth and success.

The color gold is undoubtedly good for the soul. Hopefully I have captured some of gold’s amazing properties in Water Works 04.

If you are looking to display a symbol of good health and success in your home, order your Water Works 04 print by following the links listed below.

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Water Works 04 16×20 Print

Characteristics Of The Color Purple

Water Works 01
Water Works 01: The Color Purple

Colors are known to invoke an emotional response and impact mood.

As a photographer I challenged myself to create a series of images that were more about the colors in the image, than the subject I was photographing.

Each Waterworks image is lit by a dominant color mixed with as many as four complimentary colors to invoke an emotional response. Additionally, the patterns, shapes and textures created by the splashing water drops create a visually entertaining image.

I employed purple as the dominant color to create Water Works 01.

The deep, soft, color purple is associated with nobility and spirituality.  It was the favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra and often worn by nobility.

Wealth and romance are also deemed characteristics of purple.

Purple is an unusual color that possesses both warm and cool properties. Featuring purple in a room will stimulate imagination and boost creativity.

This dignified color is also noted for its calming influence. Color therapists use purple to lower blood pressure, and to detoxify the body. This effect is further enhanced by the gold tones incorporated into this image.

Purple certainly has characteristics that qualify it as a Good Soul Stuff color.

Would you benefit from a little purple in your life? Prints of WaterWorks 01 are available by following the links below.

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The Afternoon Nap

Casper and Rocky

Gotta get it done. Another item checked off the to-do list. No time to sit, no time to rest, no time to think—just keep moving.

Sound familiar?

It seems in today’s wired world we are always connected, always on the go, always striving towards that next goal. There is never a quiet moment.

What ever happened to the afternoon nap?

Is such a luxury the epitome of laziness by today’s standards?

Maybe so…

But just think of the possibilities…

Close your eyes for a short 15-minutes. Turn off the computer, silence your smart phone, and quiet the “gotta get it done” thoughts bombarding your consciousness.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Maybe you’ll catch a few winks; more likely you’ll just enjoy a few minutes of quiet time. Great thinkers say their best ideas popped out of nowhere while they practiced quiet time. Taking an afternoon break may be the most profitable thing you can do! Worst-case scenario, I guarantee you’ll feel better facing the demands of the rest of your day.

Give it a try… close your eyes, breathe deeply, relax and enjoy some quiet time. It’ll be good for your soul.

Until next time,

Randy

P.S. Thanks to Casper and Rocky for showing me how the afternoon nap is done.

Ever Wonder What’s On Your Pet’s Mind?

This is Rocky, one of the two cats that Linda and I call ours. I snapped this picture as he explored a flower garden. I’m left wondering, what’s he thinking about?

While I’ll never know, and some of you are thinking I’m a little crazy for wondering in the first place, here’s my point.

I can almost guarantee you Rocky is not thinking about his to-do list. He’s not thinking about tomorrow’s hectic schedule.

He’s not concerned about the impression he makes, or what you think about his looks.

There is no mortgage payment to make, car repair to schedule, or vacation to plan.

No groceries to buy, dinners to prepare, kids to take care of (vet made sure of that) and not a care about home maintenance projects left undone.

If I had to hazard a guess, Rocky’s thought process is 100 percent focused in the moment. No distractions, no dialogue playing in his head about what he should be doing, shouldn’t be doing, or what some other cat done wrong to him.

He’s just living his life, one heart beat at a time.

Last night I attended a prayer vigil at my wife’s request. A young mother of two faces her tenth surgery in a two-year period to try to repair a life threatening condition. The doctors have told her this long shot is her last chance for recovery. If this procedure does not work they simply don’t know what else to try.

Friends and family prayed, cried and comforted each other. As the service drew to a close, this brave women addressed us all. She called her experience a blessing. As strange as that sounds, what she told us made sense.

We all have friends or family members that were forced by illness to bring life’s hectic pace to a screeching halt. As I heard last night, these folks preach the value of enjoying every moment. To cherish life instead of chasing after it. To make sure your to-do list includes some living, not just a lot of doing.

Maybe, just occasionally, we humans should follow are pets around for a day. Eat a meal, take a nap. Snuggle with a loved one. Play with a friend. Bury our messes in the liter box and forget about them. No worries, no cares, just enjoy the day. I’ll note one exception here; don’t try chasing your tail, that’s a behavior pets picked up by watching crazy humans.