Art and Feng Shui
All art communicates a
message and whether it is overt, like a Normal Rockwell
painting, or covert, like a Kandinsky, art affects how
we act, interact and react.
Before you hang a picture, consider if
its message will help or harm your life. In the middle
of winter, when many of us are forced to spend far more
time indoors than we would like, the paintings on our
walls influence us mightily.
Artwork is content expressed in color,
line and form. Have you ever thought about why things in
nature are colored the way they are? Why the sky is
blue, the grass green and most blossoms are red, etc. It
is reasonable to assume that nature as expressed in the
overt physical world depicts its message through color.
Blue, the color of the sky, captures
the mystery of the self. Blue, the color with the
shortest wavelength, does not reach out and embrace.
Rather, it stays close in and, in that sense, feels cold
and withholding. Blue communicates mystery, the unknowns
of self. Blue provides us with a feeling of more space
surrounding us than do other colors. Blue focuses us
inward and stops us from interacting.
Red, the color of blood and the most
common color of tropical flowers, reaches out and
captures attention. This is evident in any stadium when
we look far across to the other side and see those
wearing red in sharper focus than the rest of the
spectators. Red stimulates and inspires us to action.
Yellow illuminates and brings into
focus just like our perception of the sun. Yellow helps
us clarify and fosters optimism.
Green, the color of chlorophyll,
promotes growth and life in vegetation and affects us in
the same way. Green makes us feel alive and stimulated.
Purple, the color not seen readily in
our visible spectrum, underscores the unknown. Those who
love purple are often teens looking to uncover all the
concealed elements of life and those who have an
interest in spiritual work, or transcending this
corporal world. Purple releases us from the mundane and
validates a sense of wonder.
Artwork also communicates by telling a
story. A painting of a storm- tossed sea in a bedroom
might provide the impetus to refrain from healing a
rocky relationship. A proclivity for collecting pictures
of solitary people might reflect a person who is a
reluctant participant or unsuccessful in a partnership.
A client of mine had a picture of a man standing upside
down on a bicycle madly pedaling which he hung in a
prominent place in his living room. No wonder he felt
that all the relationships he wished for were
unattainable. Would an abstract picture in a dining room
be serene or agitating? A family is likely to argue more
when a picture promotes frenzy rather than tranquillity.
View your artwork as if their messages
are as important as their visual appeal and then decide
if these messages are appropriate for the areas in which
Nancilee Wydra is
the most published American author on feng shui. Her
last two books are "Feng Shui Goes to the
Office" March 2000 and "Feng Shui for
Children's Spaces," November 2000. She teaches
nationwide professional certification classes (www.windwater.com)
and has a free Website
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