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While We’re Talking Paint: Which Colors Facilitate Creativity?

All that focus on paint chips last week got me thinking about what color the walls should be in a studio. Is there a strategy to choosing studio wall colors to make us more creative? My first thought is white like galleries and museums. Blank spaces on which to apply art. No distractions from the art making itself. But then I started to wonder, is there a science to this?

I Googled, “What colors encourage creativity?” And, after wandering through a lot of websites and reading several articles, here is the general consensus:

Red increases blood pressure, energy and stamina but can make a person irritable. Hmm. Not a good studio wall color choice. Pink helps muscles relax and induces a feeling of calm, protection and warmth. Nice, but I think I’d either get too mellow or take a nap. Next?

Orange can be beneficial to the digestive and immune systems and help relieve feelings  of self-pity, lack of self-worth and unwillingness to forgive. It is considered a terrific antidepressant. All promising properties. But I’m not sure I could take walls full of it. How about some orange accents like those photos of California Poppies.

Yellow stimulates alertness in the brain, makes one more energetic and induces a happy emotional state. It can also stimulates intellectual thinking and creativity. Again, good qualities. Maybe that’s why being outside feels so wonderful. Perhaps a light yellow wall color?

Green is good for the heart, physical equilibrium and balance. When exposed to the color a person’s breathing deepens and slows. Green induces feelings of comfort, laziness and relaxation. So that’s why I always feel so relaxed after hiking or camping. Lots of greenery visible from the windows. Check – but not enough to induce laziness!

Blue lowers blood pressure and has a cooling, soothing and calming effect, inspires mental control, clarity and creativity. Several studies indicated an increase in creativity when exposed to blue. I love blue. Perhaps blue walls.

Purple is known for  suppressing hunger; Indigo is associated with stimulating the right side of the brain – intuition and imagination. Maybe some purple walls in the house, might help my never-ending quest for a smaller jean size. For the studio, highlight color. Photos of big, beautiful Dutch Irises – indigo with yellow trim. Perfect.

White brings feelings of peace, comfort and freedom. A sense of uncluttered openness. Too much white can stimulate feelings of separation, cold and isolation. Since I tend to have too much clutter in my studio anyway, maybe a warm white color? I like the idea of peace, freedom and openness.

What color walls do you have in your studio or work area? Would you change them if you could? What would your ideal color be for studio walls?

In case you want to read some of these articles yourself, here are the ones I found most interesting and helpful:

Color Psychology

Color: A powerful mood-altering tool

Paint Color Moods

Effect of Colors: Blue Boosts Creativity, While Red Enhances Attention to Detail

~Ginger

www.gingerburrell.com

Making Art from Paint Chips: “So Different” (3 of 3)

Don Drake, who is the artist at Dreaming Mind, recently completed an edition of So Different.  When I saw the book, I loved his very creative and thought-provoking use of “white” paint chips. I’ve looked at a lot of paint chips and I’d never thought of using them in this way. But then that is what makes art so wonderful, many of us can look at the same starting materials and create such different art. Today is the last post about art using paint chips. From boxes, to flag book flags, to exploring perception of color.

Don says of his book, So Different:

“So Different was sparked by a routine conflict with a friend and the subconscious urges to forgive and punish that bubbled up. The result was a cycle of 4 short poems. I read them as psychic autopsies; an opportunity to stand aside and view the paradoxical logic the us-and-them. Paint chips seemed a perfect illustration for these character studies. Their subtle hues only take on real meaning when placed in a context and their names are crafted to evoke emotion and memory.”

Have you made art using paint chips? Feel free to post a link to your work in the comments section.

~Ginger

www.gingerburrell.com

One Step Forward, One Step Back – Wasn’t there just a studio there?

So it turns out that Morgan Hill has one of the more, um, careful, planning departments and even though the location of my studio had been approved, it has now been unapproved, moved and re-approved. Hence the pile of dirt  five feet farther away from where there used to be a framed foundation. Hmm.

(That’s Greg on the left, and our construction superintendent, Jon, on the right. That pile of dirt in the back, the beginning of the new, new studio.)

Apparently now the studio has to be five feet further from the fence on one side and raised up a foot more which means starting all over. Jon was worried I’d be upset, but really, how upset could I be? A studio of any kind, any where. It works for me. After talking with several friends who’ve built studios, or remodeled houses to make space for art, we’ll be lucky if this is the biggest hassle we have. On a positive note the “secret” garden behind the studio will now have more room for papermaking and other messy but wonderful art making techniques.

~Ginger

www.gingerburrell.com