Be Inspired by the Color Green: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A guest post by Victoria Rose Martin

 

Color carries meaning. For example, are you blue? Perhaps it’s because you’re green with envy because you feel like you don’t have any ideas to make art? If those two sentences don’t demonstrate the fact that color carries meaning then nothing will. Let me ask, what mental images display in your minds eye when you think of the color green? This month in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’ve included images from Ireland that are primarily green to inspire. Feel free to use the images as inspiration.

the color green boat

Green Boat, County Wexford, Ireland.

 

Here in the United States green can represent the color of money. Green can represent political and social standing. If you have green fingers or thumbs you’re a great gardener. A project gets a green light and that’s a good thing. And millions of people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th and wear green to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland.

ivy

Ivy growing in a Dublin park.

 

This month I challenge you to create or discuss something on your blog that relates to the color green. Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

1.     Plant something. Remember back when you were a kid and you’d start seedlings in Dixie cups. If you’re craving spring and warmer weather start your garden in a warm windowsill. Document the day-to-day changes with your seedlings and post them on your blog.

black eyed susans

An Irish field of Black Eyed Susan’s.

 

2.     On March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) we’re all Irish. Make something to sell in your shop for those of us who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Document the process of building the work. Or you could take photos of yourself celebrating the festivities and post them on your blog or social media.

green brick wall

A green brick wall in Dublin, Ireland.

 

3.     Make something environmentally friendly, or green. Find something in a junk pile or in a thrift store and re-purpose it. Or use art supplies supplied by nature like 3-leaf clovers, moss or pebbles. Photograph it and post it.

red and green leaves

Shades of red and green in an Irish garden.

 

4.     Create something monochromatic using only the color green. Or create something using only shades of green and red (complementary colors).

Irish Daisies

Irish daisies

5.     And finally, with the April 15th deadline fast approaching you could take the time to get your finances in order and make sure you’re rolling in the green for a long time to come.

seagull

Seagull along the River Liffey, Ireland

 

Each of us approaches a topic differently because of varying life experiences. So challenge yourself and try one of the above activities and post the results and be sure to share it with family and friends. And have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

clover

 

Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.

Z1059 CM CONFIDENT COLOR.inddFor more ideas about color, try Nita Leland’s Confident Color.

 

 

 

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