Color aesthetics modifiers

Owl convo starting from my fairly rigid color psychology.

Light colors represent a version of the idea that’s more simplistic, pure, naive, and childish/childlike.
Where blue = idealism, light blue represents a childish conscience, moral sensitivity, or idea of home/heaven.
Where red = desire, light red (pink) represents very simple, pure, childlike, short-term desires like candy, sweets, the joy of opening presents, and so on.
Dark colors represent a version of the idea that’s more nuanced, red-pilled*, traditional, and ancient.
I need a better term for “red-pilled” here.
Something that reflects the idea that historical contexts are often driven by harsh and unforgiving realities of life.


That’ll work.

So navy (dark blue) represents class.
Probably that’s the reason why it’s favored by upper middles.
And burgundy (dark red) represents power.
(It can be thought of as the combination of black=will and red=desire.)

The meaning of saturation (the measure of how much gray is in a color) comes from the observation that gray=work.
More gray in the color palette creates a feeling of stasis and fatalism.
This is because it makes everything feel like more work just to perceive it.
A good example would be to think of a scene of drudgery from the dark ages where you get the sense that everything feels tired.
It also feels somewhat engaging because there’s a sense that the air is thick as syrup, which is sort of like a sense of meaning.
But to call it pessimistic wouldn’t be quite right because that indicates a sense that things are getting worse or coming to an end, whereas the dark ages scene just feels like drudgery without end, the wheel of life turning over and over with everything in its place.

it’s a karmic color, one of slow movements and deep time

Gray is the color of procession.
The process of time and everything in it.
Re: gray as deep time

Saturated colors as opposed to colors with lots of gray: The absence of gray creates a feeling of dynamism, energy, and usually optimism, but also potentially danger.
It makes everything feel like movement is easy and frictionless, and therefore change could happen rapidly and permanently.

business dress is heavy on grey and on navy to emphasize maturity, professionalism, careful planning and decision-making..etc

Something I’d like to figure out, but haven’t yet, is how the finish affects the aesthetic of something.
What’s the aesthetic cipher for a matte finish versus laminate? Shiny versus sparkly versus shimmery?

one thought: shiny is individualistic actor, it’s ego

That would explain why gold=glory.

generally, more reflective indicates more expression of self as individual unit, as standing out from masses, as center of attention among the crowd
yeah, gold=sun
in gold is the sun bringing life to all

texture – rougher textures indicate physicality, worldliness
smoother textures indicate interacting with environment through more indirect means

Oo, I should have asked you about this sooner. You’re making serious progress.
If I could get your texture one down to a word, rough=realism and smooth=abstract.
Dare I say semiotic.
I do dare!

i would say physical, but each term might have its own contexts in which it is more apt
rough=physical power

How about physicalism?

hmmm…not quite
maybe “worldliness”

I actually like worldliness a lot for this.
Things that “shimmer” are notable for being captivating.

fae, otherworldly

One thinks of a shimmering dress, a shimmering chandelier, or even a campfire.

ethereal, inexplicabple

Would you be comfortable calling it a subtype of “shiny”?

i think so
key difference is shiny appears to be a part of the whole, shimmering appears to an observer as little pieces of the whole
more like, a thing comprised of one unit versus a “thing” that appears to be composed of an ever-changing number of smaller units

So how do we derive fae from egoistic?
Dispersed egoism?
Schizophrenic egoism?
That kinda makes sense actually.
To enter Faerie is to enter someone else’s world.
It’s the great Other.

where the rules don’t always make sense

And you can get trapped and entangled there too, hence “captivating”.

interestingly, physically “shiny” mimics the appearance of the sun, while “shimmering” mimics the appearace of the stars

Sparkles feel like the childish version of shimmering.

yeah, generally things that are more garish, loud, and overt are childish/immature/informal, and things that are subtle are more formal/mature

The light from sparkles is more all-or-nothing, versus the light from stars.
Disco ball versus chandelier.

and it lacks that..inexplicability
soft and shimmering combines comfort and homeliness with otherworldliness
like the platonic ideal of a home

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3 Responses to Color aesthetics modifiers

  1. rillxn says:

    Man…so much great material here. It’s embarrassing to admit, but when I began painting I didn’t know to add gray to my colors to desaturate them, so my earlier works are characterized by bold, vivid colors. As a beginner, I was enamored with how much ‘punch’ these colors provided. I conceptualized my pieces as holographic tablets, the images being composed of light captured in pigment. When I learned to add gray, I recognized it gave my representations more ‘solidity’ or ‘reality’. I could create solid objects as opposed to holographic images.

    I would also like to add that desaturated + light colors convey subtlety, taste, refinement.

  2. aiaslives says:

    Super-expensive toy phone:

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