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Color Harmony in Your Paintings by Margaret Kessler

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b22 What Colors Can Mean

Although color has a universal appeal to children and adults, artists and nonartists alike, our cultural customs and traditions generally determine our response to it. For example, what color symbolizes “sacred” to you? Deep purple? Royal blue? You probably didn’t choose yellow, but some say that there are primitive tribes who consider that color sacred because the sun, the source of life, is yellow. You may think black is the universal color for grief and death; however, in Japan one wears a white kimono to a traditional funeral.

Some objects naturally evoke a particular color: the grass is green and the sky is blue. Paradoxically, ...

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