Symbolism of Color
Everything in art has a symbolic meaning, even if the artist doesn’t intentionally create with a specific meaning in mind, or the viewer doesn’t understand the meaning. It comes out naturally, most of the time, without us knowing. Images can be interpreted by thinking of what the object’s function is and flipping it symbolically. The symbolism of color is more based off of emotions and sensory location. How the color makes you feel, typically reflects the symbolism of the color. In addition, all symbols have a positive and a negative meaning so that also plays a part in how the color makes you feel.
Yellow typically is a symbol of happiness, enlightenment, joy, positivity, and clarity. It can also symbolize being critical, judgmental, or cautious.
Orange typically is a symbol of enthusiasm, fascination, creativity, determination, success, and stimulation. Its negative meaning can be abrasive and crass.
Red is an extreme color. It is a symbol of power, passionate love, passion, adventure, energy, and can symbolize anger, seduction, violence and danger.
Green is a symbol of life, renewal, nature, growth, balance and harmony. It can also be a symbol of greed, jealousy, and possessiveness.
Blue is typically a symbol of depth, stability, wisdom, faith, truth, and heaven. The negative side can be coldness, uncaring, and sadness.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the fierce energy of red, creating royalty, nobility, pride, luxury, and ambition. The negative side is decadence, conceit, and pomposity.
Because there are so many different shades of each color, there are many different symbols of each color. Also, combinations of colors can symbolize more than this basic list. These are just the general meanings of the 6 colors on the color wheel.