Color Changes Everything

artist working painting with bright colors
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The longer we get to know ourselves, in other words the older we get, the deeper our realization of the consistent preferences we hold.  I've read that our personalities change very little after the age of twelve, and as the earth has turned I've learned there are aspects about me that haven't changed much over the years.  One of them is my love and sensitivity to color.
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I was listening to an artist speak on color once and she said she feels vibrations from certain color combinations.  Turquoise and red were two colors that together gave her a very strong vibrations.  I've never had that experience with color, but color does effect my mood and frame of mind.  Color can make me feel joy, sadness, melancholy and peace.  Color can fill me up with a sense of power and drive me to take action, as well as leave me with the impression that I've been drained of my vitality.  Simple put, color changes everything.
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It's always been this way for me.  I was that little who had to wear two different color socks to match her outfit or I might loose my mind.  In second grade I remember having such a feeling of excitement at the thought of orange and purple.  They were the most beautiful shades in the world to me and I needed these colors around me.  It's a need I understood because when our daughter asked for neon canary yellow walls in her bedroom, I made it happen.   
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As a graduate student I would wear red during tests because if I got stuck on something I'd look down at my red shirt, and it was as if the wheels of my mind began to spin again.  These days I'm drawn to greens and blues.  The calming colors of nature are much appreciated in my very full days homeschooling and running a small business.  Much of my art reflects this desire for serenity
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Be aware of how color effects you and changes your mood.  Use it to make life better for yourself and your family.  If you need less of it, give yourself some peace and choose more neutrals or soothing pale blues.  If you need more energy and passion, lean in to reds and deep pinks.  If a color you see stops you in your tracks, that color is your friend.  If you really want to experiment with what colors can do for you, get out your paints, markers or even crayons and begin a journey of discovery. 
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And because I find it fascinating, please leave a comment below and share with me your favorite color as a kid and your favorite color now as an adult.  I'd love to hear!
xo  Maria    
photo by Lara Parent Photography
 
 

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