Expressive Drawing

Expressive drawing can be a release for some of your inner feelings and thoughts, and you can experiment with color if you like.

Bear in mind that different cultures view color distinctions differently. For the Japanese, for example, white is the color of mourning and black is for celebration, rather than the reverse in our western tradition—unless, of course, you live in New York City, where you "must" wear black. When it comes to color, let your own feelings guide you.

Color

Western Thought

Eastern Thought

white

innocence

mourning

black

depression

strength

green

jealousy

growth

blue

despondency

truth

yellow

treason

nobility

red

sin, anger

love and passion

purple

royalty, religion

Research has shown that certain colors are associated with certain feelings. Take a look at this chart. Do you agree? If not, you may want to make a chart of your own (you could use one of your journals), documenting what various colors mean to you.

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