Color Spectrum

Project Athena - Day 189 (roygbiv - g)

My Alma Mater - CSU

The final day of the color spectrum and I decided to end with a green photo I shot a few weeks ago while attending a CSU football game, my first in over 20 years.

Even though I am not a huge football fan in general, I still have been following the news of this year's CSU team because of how their successful 10-2 winning season has influenced the Fort Collins City Counsel's decision to approve the building of a new $220 million stadium in the heart of the campus. All I can say about that is WOW. Big decision that will change the face of the campus and the city. Now all CSU needs is a new football coach, a new athletic director, a plan to maneuver the team into the Big 12 Conference and a lots and lots of money to finance this grandiose project.

Green is the color of money but more important it is the color of the heart chakra. It promotes balance and harmony creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. It is also the color of growth, renewal and rebirth. I use green as an emotionally positive color to support self love and self nurturing and to break free from patterns of being the martyr. It is also enhance outward expressions of love for friends, family, pets and significant others.

CSU Cheerleaders

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/5.6 • 1/800s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 188 (roygbiv - o)

Orange is the New Blah-Blah Meter

I love the color orange even though in the world of print, it has often been my nemesis. It can be a challenging color to pull off using CMYK processes and still have it hold its brightness and vibrancy.

There are many great qualities associated with the color orange including joy, warmth, enthusiasm, creativity, encouragement, determination, happiness, fun, sexuality, spontaneity and freedom just to name a few. Ironically, it is often also the color of incarceration. The color orange combines the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. It supports the second chakra (the energy center around the naval) and enhances our gut reactions versus our mental ideas. I use this color to gain access to my gut as a sensory organ, to utilize the billions of sensory cells in the intestines and stomach to accurately inform me about a situation, as a bullshit meter, or help me make a decision. 

I consider orange one of the more uplifting and optimistic colors that helps rejuvenate the body and being.  Maybe that's why adding a glass of orange juice to my morning meal can change my overall outlook on a the day.

Interesting that orange has become the color of our utility cables since they are the conduit of transmitting pure, energy!

Utility Cables

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/69 • 1/250s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 187 (roygbiv - y)

Round & Round & Round

Yellow...it's a color with which I have a love/hate relationship. Some days, I am drawn to its brilliance and intensity. Other days, it literally give me a headache. Sometimes it holds an energy of enlightenment and other times I feel like it is screaming "coward!". If a room is painted yellow, I can feel cheery and happy but when I see a yellow vehicle, I think about deceit and betrayal. It can jolt me promptly into alertness and it can make me feel overwhelmed with toxicity. It is the color of the third chakra, the solar plexus. I suspect that when I am not living in my full power, that is when yellow feels repulsive to me.

This sign caught my attention today as I drove through some of the newest roundabouts in Loveland. I vote we rename our city Round-About-Town. Our city planners are very enthusiastic about these special circular traffic junctions.

I am not opposed to roundabouts as a means of flowing traffic, although I do think some folks don't quite get the hang of them. Now, when I find myself stuck in a roundabout of life, metaphorically speaking, that is a different story. Do you know what I am talking about...Those situations you manage to get yourself into without creating a collision but somehow you can't get yourself to the exit. I feel like this cold I've contracted is a roundabout virus. Every time I start to feel better and think I am going to exit, it pulls me back in and just keeps going and going and going......

Roundabout Sign

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 34mm • F/9 • 1/500s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 186 (roygbiv - v)

Relaxing with Violet

These giant rosettes of frilly violet leaves are one of my favorite plants, especially because they tolerate the cold Colorado weather. They can keep their brilliant color all the way into spring and their colors even intensify in the cold. I found this one still thriving at the CSU flower garden where I spent a lot of time shooting this last summer.

Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum. In the chakra system, it is the color of the spiritual crown at the top of the head. This is the bridge between body and spirit. Violet can also represent lushness and is often seen in motifs that portray wealth, fame and royalty.

Violet is the the color of the daydreamer. I like to use it as a portal to escape from the practicalities of everyday life and step into the fantasy world. Gazing upon this color with the eyes or breathing in its fragrant essence from a violet colored plant such as lavender creates a harmonious environment for both the mind and the emotions. For me, it is the color of relaxation and well being.

Ornamental Kale

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 26mm • F/5.6 • 1/125s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 185 (roygbiv - i)

Indigo Dreams

Indigo is my favorite color of all the colors. It is a combination of deep blue and violet and holds the attributes of both of these colors. Indigo is the color of intuition and perception. It supports opening the third eye chakra to help "see" beyond the normal sensory perceptions. I often dream in the color indigo and experience freedom from the three dimensional world i normally live in. Indigo dreams take me to other dimensions beyond what is known with the mind.

I utilize this color in meditation to achieve deeper levels of consciousness. It can also stimulate right brain or creative activity. I love wearing the color indigo especially when I want to portray a sense of dignity, integrity and sincerity or evoke devotion and wisdom. Just Yum!

Project Athena - Day 184 (roygbiv-r)

Ho-Ho-Ho

This shot is truly not what I had planned for the color red but I just couldn't pass this up today. Happy Holidays Everyone!

Red is such a primal color for me supporting the root chakra at the base of the spine. It is the rich color of all mammal blood and thus represent our very life force. Yes, it is also the color of this holiday season and right now red can be seen everywhere! Today while in downtown Fort Collins, I noticed that shoppers were unconsciously harnessing red's vibrational energy of spirited excitement and liveliness to tirelessly navigate the crowds or people and to keep themselves peppy in the long checkout lines. It was fascinating to observe. Red is also the color of passion and love so it will come back around in February for that other holiday.

In this culture, red is also used to warn of danger or get us to "STOP". We certainly have been trained to pay attention to the color red, more than any other color, which is why I noticed this pre-tend-a-santa driving a Chevy truck.

Red 55 Chevy with Santa Driving

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F/6.3 • 1/200s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 183 (roygbiv - b)

The Spectrum

This week's theme: the color spectrum. Obviously, I am not shooting in any particular order but the goal is to shoot each color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Should be fun and I am happy to be have some creative energy return!

I have been enthusiastically anticipating this theme because I LOVE looking at colors from a psychological, energetic, and emotional perspective. Let me be clear on one point, I don't think that every color has an innate meaning. Every culture interprets color differently and thus, we perceive color through our cultural filters and are trained to have different emotional responses to the same color. For instance, in Western culture, blue can mean trust, conservative, peace, depression, sadness, and is generally a masculine color. In China however, blue is associated with immortality, pornography and is a feminine color.

With this awareness, I can speak only about how I personally interpret and experience the colors as I move through the spectrum this week. Feel free to share how you interpret each color based on your personal experience. You can do this on the blog directly or on FB.

For me, blue is the color of creative expression. I have used the color blue in every single logo I have ever created for my creative businesses over the last 30+ years. It is a color that shines a light on our authenticity and uniqueness as creative beings and helps us disseminate our message to the world in a creative way. Blue supports the energy of the throat chakra, making our voices strong and clear. Its vibration is one of power, clarity, confidence and calm. It is also a welcoming energy in the arena of creative collaboration. The quality I love the most about the color blue is its energy of loyalty to one's own self.

Yes, it's gonna be a fun week indeed. Smiling again.

Blue Doors

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 26mm • F/20 • 1/8s • ISO 200