!!the color orange!!


as some of you know i conducted an experiment at my live art show this past friday. i handed out a paper with some definitions of color theory, color psychology and audiovisual art. then asked a few questions that pertained to the definitions. i also asked what there current state of mind and/or emotion was and what color the emotion looks like to them.

i am inspired when i listen to music. the reason behind this blog, music=art,  is my attempt to share with you how music creates, is, and inspires my art .  art is many things, for me it is visual art. when i listen to music my body, mind, and heart grows with visuals of color and beauty and emotions of growth, happiness, meloncholy, love, etc. thus,  musi=art . 

i am always looking to expand, inform, inspire, redifine and marvel in the corelation between music and art.

i am curious what people are feeling while listening to live music and watching someone(s) paint live art. i wanted to learn if people shared the same inspiration, or energy. what the energy or emotion was and what color they percieved the emotion to be.

i used the color red and yellow and a bit of orange in the begining of my painting. when i started to paint the music was dance/house music that created layers of atmoshpere for the mind to grow with imagination and excitement. as the night progressed the music slowly got happier, cheerful, and energetic. i continued painting with reds and yellows. then the music got louder, a bit darker, and heavy. i began to paint with black. after a short while, i could not find energy within myself to continue. i felt confused, aggitated, and sad. i couldnt paint any longer. i was frustrated. i poured black ink on my painting. and called it quits.

by the end of the night the music lightened up and i felt relief. by then, my painting was a lost cause. i brought the painting home.

the next day i couldnt help but feel the same energy from the night prior when i looked at the paiting. i didnt like it. just like emotions, when i feel sad, angry or down and i dont want to feel that way, i take a shower try to clean the feelings off of me then start again. well, i tried to wash the paint off of the canvas. it did not work. now what? i cant stand to look at the painting.

i did the only thing i could do. i painted it black.

originally i conducted this experiment for others and found myself learning a bit about what i can listen to when i paint, and what i cannot.

the long awaited results of the study: (drum roll)..

the majority ruled that most people were feeling excited and energetic. and the color of that emotion was orange. whats interesting is the color psychology of orange is excitement. a few people felt happy and green and red. and one person felt pensive and sparkly purple. another felt dumfounding well and clear. INTERESTING!

now that i have written a short novel about all of this, i am going to leave you with a few links and music i thought were appropriate for this discussion. thank youto everyone who attended and participated. i would like to continue with these experiments in the future. and thanks to all who follow my blog and show great support.

Orange Music delivers music that will relax your mind as well as exhilarate your soul, catering for both young and old.
Music orange: a music resource that helps create your vision of music with the help of precomposed tracks.
conveying emotion through color: a link about painting with colors and hoe to use it in design, etc.

color therapy

and some music that i’ve been listening to that makes me feel orange. broken bells:Famed producer Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer play off each other’s strengths on their unique debut album.


3 thoughts on “!!the color orange!!

  1. Sam LaDue

    this is a really great experiment- Its particularly interesting to see the parallels drawn between color psychology and the emotions connected to the music in the room. What I find most stellar from my end is looking at your photos as you progress through this post- man does that black splotch hit you in the gut.

    as a musician- this speaks volumes to me- especially when considering that most of the musical work I do involves teaching others in a liturgical setting. The types of music that we’re using depend on the season in the church. The people doing the composing for the seasons are aiming for a mental “color” of sorts- that emotional response. Your post just gave me an answer- I walked out of my rehearsal with my choir last night wondering why they are so typically very energetic and positive- yet, last night things were horribly drab. I just wanted to shut down early and stop. The answer? The very music that we’re focusing on right now is built with the ideas of introspection, darkness, intense scrutiny and heavy repentance for past wrongdoings. Of course rehearsal seemed miserable and life-draining. It was.
    So now I wonder….if I were to put us in a space full of colors such as Organes, reds, yellows- pitted against this hard-to-spit out (emotionally speaking) music- what would the response be?
    Would we find joy in the music? Would we find misery in the orange?

    Outstanding stuff.
    Really truly intense and awe inspiring.
    Wish I could have been there in person.

    1. mtowsand Post author

      Samantha, thanks for the comment! i appriciate your thoughts. its sometimes, okay…alot of the times hard to understand why we may feel sad, happy, depressed or whatvever emotion we wear depending on the day. ive always known that music helps me paint more fluidly, but never realized how much more there is to it. im intrigued by the emotional movement within when we stimulate the senses, veiw art, listen to music, etc. this is my curiosity and quite possible my mission. i am currently working on a collection of art work that is specifically geared to get an emotional response from the veiwer. i will post photos and a blurb about very soon.

      its interesting to hear your story about the emotional response that your students are having. it makes complete sense!
      i think it a great idea to use color anyway, shape or form to improve the mood. its hard enough having a dark day, yet even harder when you take on the emotion of another when absorbing their art.

      thank again. your situation is very interesting and i would like to hear what you do. perhaps an orange before rehearsal?


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