As a would-be artist and a former museum docent, I enjoy playing with the elements of art in my writing–both in fiction and poetry. A favorite is to use color to create mood. In art, abstract expressionists often use color as the primary tool to convey their “story.” There are many interpretations of the meaning or symbolism accorded to each color. I’m offering a few of my own: Yellow is a happy color and can be used to liven up a scene–to make it joyful, while Red signifies anger, passion, love. Think about it: when you’re feeling intense emotions, such as rage and close your eyes, sometimes your visual field appears red. Blue and Green convey calm and peace Black represents the unknown or fear while Brown is a grounded, earthy color. Violet or Lavender speak of spirituality while White is used to represent truth and innocence.
My interpretation is gleaned, in great part, from a book I use for dream interpretation and it seems to work well for me. Perhaps you will see it differently. Consider that, in Asian countries, red is used for funerals and white for funerals. Both culture and personal life experience influence how we see color. (Reference: The Dream Book by Betty Bethards) I’m including a short description from my novel, Winter is Past, that strives to convey a mood using color. In the dim light, the church, clothed in red, marked the joyous season of Pentecost. The altar was covered in an abundance of flowers—gold, yellow, orange and red gladioli—tongues of flame marking the climax of the Pascal season. Helene’s mood, however, was somber, spiraling into blackness. The red surrounding her spoke to her of blood and death—the death of her spirit. She suppressed a sob…
Do you have an example from your own writing you would like to share? How do you see color as it influences mood? We invite you join in, if you like, using Mister Linky at the bottom of this post or simply add your link in the comments secion if you prefer.
VICTORIA C. SLOTTO (Victoria C. Slotto, Author: Fiction, Poetry and Writing Prompts) ~ is an accomplished writer and poet. Winter is Past, published by Lucky Bat Books in 2012, is Victoria’s first novel. A second novel is in process. On Amazon and hot-off-the-press nonfiction is Beating the Odds: Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia. Victoria’s ebooks (poetry and nonfiction) are free to Amazon Prime Members. Link HERE for Victoria’s Amazon page. Editorial note: Congratulations, Victoria, on that the long awaited publication of print copies of Jacaranda Rain, Collected Poems, 2012, Beautifully done. Writers’ Fourth Wednesday is hosted by Victoria from January through October and posts at 12:01 a.m. PST. The next Writers’ Fourth Wednesday is scheduled for May 28. In (unofficial) concert with the American Academy of Poets, Corina Ravenscraft (Dragon’s Dreams) will host A Poem in Your Pocket on Thursday, April 24. You are invited share your own work or that of a favorite poet. Instructions for sharing will be included in the post, which will go up at 12:01 a.m. P.S.T.
11 thoughts on “WRITER’S FOURTH WEDNESDAY: Color My Moods–Writing with Color”
I think that Colour is so much more fluid than the systems that tell us that this colour means this, that colour means that. I have been working woth the spirit of colour all my life. And colour definitely tells us how it wishes to be and embodies a living spirit that influences us intrinsically. It connects us to the ubiquitous. Itten, Birren and Goethe knew aboit the livingness of colour. They know that as soon as we try to define it or even to hold it in our hands, it becomes a dead thing. Love your post! Thank you.
I very much like the quote you used here from your book, Victoria, not only as an example to illustrate your point but as a sample of your book. Look forward to reading it when the time comes. Meanwhile, thanks for this! My poem is in Mister Linky and I have another for tomorrow.
Hmmmm… Can’t see the Mr. Linky here on the page.
I see WordPress has compressed paragraphs again and I have no idea where Mr. Linky went. Perhaps let’s just leave a link in comments today. Thanks for pointing that out, Joe. I would very much like to see your work–your poetry is so good.
I agree with your point about the variations of color, Nimah. I’ve experienced evolving feeling about certain colors as well. It’s fun to see where others take it. And it’s a joy to play with color as well.
Well, I just scrolled up and there’s Mr. Linky!
Posted an old one of mine–life’s a bit chaotic right now. I’ll be back in a while to see if others have jumped in.
colours, fragrance, music- they all have effect on my mood for sure 🙂