The Power of Color

Hello Friends,

It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and many plants are coming into full bloom. Here’s a peek at some of the California natives in my yard this week.

California native plants

Pacific Coast Iris, Iris douglasiana

California native plants

Bush Anemone, Carpenteria californica

California native plants

Flannel Bush, Fremontodendron californicum

California native plants

Dyer’s Coreopsis, Coroepsis tinctoria

I’ve been thinking about the power of color to affect our lives. When everything is bright and colorful in the spring, we feel uplifted. And an absence of color in winter makes us feel more somber.

Color can affect us in so many ways, from the colors of the walls in our homes to the color of the clothes that we wear. Oranges and reds are said to be stimulating while blues and greens are calming. White feels fresh and clean, and black feels powerful.

It’s something to consider when choosing colors for your home as well as the colors of art in your home. The colors you select will help determine the overall mood.

Purple has always been my favorite color. My birthstone is purple (amethyst) and the flower of my birth month is also purple (violet). Purple is the color of the seventh chakra, the crown chakra, associated with spiritual expansion and awakening.

You can find information about your favorite color on these pages from the website VeryWell Mind:

Black

White

Red

Blue

Green

Yellow

Purple

Brown

Orange

Pink

Color has also been used to treat mental and physical conditions. Known as Color Therapy, the patient looks at or is exposed to colors on their body. Color therapists believe that color can enter our bodies through our eyes and skin.

I’ve been working on a colorful scarf the past few days. The colors of the weft yarns are very bright, but the black and periwinkle warp make it look like we’re seeing them through a dark veil.

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

It’s interesting and pretty, but once again not what I was expecting. Weaving is always full of surprises for me. You can see all of the completed handwoven scarves on this page of my website.

What colors are you drawn to? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

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