Across various cultures, time frames, societies and groups, colors have always been known to hold certain connotations. Considering it is March and all, I thought I’d take a moment to delve into the symbolism associated with the color green.
Like many colors, if not even all of them, green can suggest concepts with both positive and negative connotations. Here are just a few I could think of right off the bat.
Green is often associated with nature or the environment. After all, don’t we frequently consider things green is they are deemed to be good for the Earth?
Green is frequently a color mentioned with the concept of luck. One simple and timely example is that of the Leprechaun.
Have you ever heard someone say the phase “green with envy?” I bet you have. And we all know that envy isn’t a flattering quality to have.
At times, when someone is young and inexperienced, he or she may be refereed to as green. For example, someone new to a business or job might fit the idea here.
I bet you might have been a bit green yourself when it comes to thinking about all the associations of such a simple color.
The use of color in creative ventures has long been a method through which artists, writers and various creative types have used as a method of symbolism. And while some color symbolism is fairly obvious and has become a standard in every day society, other uses can be more ambiguous and even unique to a given work.
Here are some examples of what colors may represent in any given artwork.
The absolute basics:
In almost every case, black indicates the concepts of darkness, evil, corruption, death and many rather negative ideas.
Conversely, white is nearly always used to represent purity, light, life and all that is good.
Colors with several (sometimes conflicting) qualities:
We often think of red as the color of love or passion. However, it is also associated with evil or rage.
The old term indicating that someone is “feeling blue” has been associated with depression and sadness. But, blue being the color of water, is also sometimes intended to symbolize life.
Green is commonly the color associated with, nature and natural beauty. However, people are also said to be “green” with envy and sometimes called green when they are inexperienced.
Cowardice and weakness have been connected to yellow. But then again, yellow is also a shade associated with happiness and enlightenment.
When we think of gold, we make think of power and wealth. But at the same time, it can represent greed, a state of hardness or shallow materialism.