Humans and color live together, simultaneously, in a world of harmony- every color brightening our day or intensifying our mood. Everything we see has it own energy. The soul source of color is light and what is light created through? Energy. Sense the very second you were born and until now, when you are reading this, you have associated color with anything imaginable; and you recognize each and every association. It is almost second nature. When you see green, it is almost instantly associated with nature. It also represents positivity, or shows that something is correct and tells us to go ahead. We also associate it with illness or talents. When you sick, someone might tell you that you are looking green. When you are good with vegetation someone might even say you have a green thumb. Now, on the other hand, red, greens compliment, has a totally different meaning. Red is a universal signal that means stop. Red also represents danger and anger. Yellow, the color that, when seen, is the first to register in our eyes, means to take caution. This is actually passed down threw evolution because in nature insects that are a brightly colored yellow are usually poisonous and it makes us aware that they need to be avoided. The different meanings and key elements of color are the basis to the mandala that I created.
For this project, I used a variety of different color groups to achieve an overall visually pleasing piece. The first, and most difficult, step was to create the mandala in Adobe Illustrator. I did this buy using the techniques given to me in our textbook on pages 166-167. Then, I used the primary colors: yellow, red and blue, to get my secondary colors. To get the secondary colors, you have to mix the primary colors in specific ways. Secondary colors include orange, violet and green. Now that I had access to green, I could make black. This was crucial because we were not allowed to use straight out of the tube black. To make black, you have to mix together red, green and blue. This was cool, because you can now give your black either a warm or cool feeling. To do this, you either add a little more red or a little more blue to the black mixture. Adding red would give your black a red hue and make if feel warmer, while adding blue will give your black a blue hue and make it feel cooler. Warm colors are associated with heat and fire, examples are: red, orange, and yellow. Cool colors are associated with the coolness of the water, dusk or vegetation, examples: violets, blues and greens. I used both in my mandala.
In several spots on my mandala, I also used analogous colors together within a specific area to make my piece feel more harmonized. Analogous colors are three to five harmonious colors lying on the color wheel; which means that they are usually side-by-side. I also placed complimentary colors side-by-side in my color wheel because, placing them side by side enhances the brilliance of both colors. Complimentary colors are two colors that lie across from each other on the color wheel. I created a 50 percent intensity change by changing the saturation of every color I used. If you look, you’ll notice that for every color I used there is an intensity change somewhere on my mandala for it.