July – Red

Colour Project – Red, Part 1

“Red rings inwardly with a determined and powerful intensity” – Vassily Kandinsky

“If one says ‘Red’ – the name of colour – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different”. – Josef Albers

“Painters use red like spice”  – Derek Jarman

Berry, Heat, Passion, Anger, Valentines Day, Cochineal, Crimson, Fire, Socialism, Red Head, Raspberry, Power, Love, Rouge, Blood, Strawberry, Garnet, Ruby, Cherry, Cinnabar, Carmine, Red Herring, Scarlet, Claret, Wine, Turkey Red, Chilli, Apples, Tomato, Pomegranate, Burgundy, Stop, Lac, Christmas, Madder, Berry…

Red is flamboyant, exciting, dramatic, it screams look at me!  It’s alluring, sexy, tempestuous, energy absorbing, life giving and empowering…

Red represents love, passion, success…Chinese symbol of good fortune associated with courage, loyalty, honor, success, fertility, happiness…Red Roses, Rubies most romantic, symbolic of love, life, warmth…

Red also represents danger, anger, poison, guilt, sin, fire, sacrifice, power, impulsive and difficult to contain…mesmerizing and enchanting.

“Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” –Bill Blass

“Of all the hues, reds have the most potency. If there is one electric blue, a dozen reds are so charged. Use them to punctuate white, burn into bronzes, or dynamite black”. – Jack Lenor Larsen


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