Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When The Heart Is Open

Drawing from my academic studies into emotional intelligence, emotional vocabulary, and emotional literacy, I’m connecting emotions with colors, flowers, and sentiment. The aim is to raise emotional awareness and express complex feelings visually. This creative journey, influenced by decades of personal growth and artistic practice, looks at how art and emotion overlap, fostering empathy and understanding. As I navigate this journey, I explore both collective and personal emotional expressions, contributing to a broader conversation on emotional intelligence and artistic expression. This pursuit goes beyond art creation; it’s a journey into emotional intelligence that nurtures deeper connections and communication.

Trust, Flooding, Betrayal, Lovelessness, Defensiveness, Heartbreak, Hurt, Love and Self-trust

About the Palette

Palette Name: Open Heart
Palette Sentiment: Mostly Negative

Palette Description: The color palette for the “Places We Go When The Heart Is Open” traverses a wide emotional spectrum, reflecting the vulnerability, strength, and profound depth of feelings involved in opening one’s heart. Each color captures a different aspect of this deeply personal journey. This palette tells a story of the heart’s capacity for a wide range of deeply felt emotions—from the security of trust and the joy of love to the pain of betrayal and heartbreak. It highlights the courage it takes to remain open-hearted in a world that can sometimes be harsh and the beauty and strength that come from such openness. Each color contributes to the narrative of open-heartedness, illustrating the complex, rewarding journey of connecting deeply with ourselves and others.

About the Emotions


Definition: Confidence in the reliability or truth of something or someone.

Color: Dark Cyan
Flower/Plant: Fern – Represents sincerity and trustworthiness.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Dark Cyan portrays trust as the bedrock of open-heartedness, highlighting its significance in nurturing profound connections and embracing vulnerability.

RGB: 0,139,139
HEX: #008B8B
EV Code: 353329


Definition: Overwhelmed by intense emotions.

Color : Light Sea Green
Flower/Plant: Amaryllis – Symbolizes overwhelming beauty with its bold colors. properties.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Light Sea Green symbolizes the deluge of emotions that engulf us when we wholeheartedly engage, inviting us to immerse in both joyful and challenging feelings through emotional openness.

RGB: 32,178,170
HEX: #20B2AA
EV Code: -4910992


Definition: The act of being unfaithful or deceptive.

Color: Olive Drab
Flower/Plant: Aconite (Monkshood) – Symbolizes caution and beware, a nod to its poisonous nature.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Olive Drab recognizes the intricacies and potential pain of betrayal, serving as a reminder of the hazards in opening up while also showcasing the resilience and growth that can stem from such encounters.

RGB: 107,142,35
HEX: #6B8E23
EV Code: -599891


Definition: The state of being without love or affection.

Color: Pale Dove Gray
Flower/Plant: Tansy – Represents hostile thoughts and declaration of war.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Pale Dove Gray captures the subtle essence of solitude and introspection in the absence of affection, emphasizing the contemplative space for self-discovery even amidst lovelessness.

RGB: 109,109,109
HEX: #6D6D6D
EV Code: -386772


Definition: Protective reaction to a perceived attack.

Color: Steel Gray
Flower/Plant: Holly – Represents defense and domestic happiness.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Steel Gray represents the protective barriers we erect to shield our hearts, embodying the fortitude and adaptability required to navigate the vulnerabilities of living with an open heart.

RGB: 120,120,120
HEX: #787878
EV Code: -267663


Definition: Intense emotional pain or sorrow from loss or disappointment.

Color: Firebrick
Flower/Plant: Bleeding Heart – Symbolizes deep emotion and loss.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Firebrick conveys the profound anguish of heartbreak, vividly illustrating the intensity of lost love alongside the heart’s ability to endure and eventually mend.

RGB: 178,34,34
HEX: #B22222
EV Code: -5109991


Definition: Emotional pain or injury.

Color: Crimson
Flower/Plant: Thistle – Represents protection and pain.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Crimson encapsulates the acute pain of being wounded, shedding light on the emotional scars that openness can expose us to while underlining the resilience found in confronting such suffering.

RGB: 220,20,60
HEX: #DC143C
EV Code: -367773


Definition: Deep affection and caring for someone or something.

Color: Deep Pink
Flower/Plant: Red Rose – The classic symbol of deep love and affection.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Deep Pink embodies the warmth, depth, and all-encompassing nature of love, celebrating the fervent, intimate bond that arises from wholeheartedly opening up to another.

RGB: 255,20,147
HEX: #FF1493
EV Code: 4752310


Definition: Confidence in one’s own decisions and abilities.

Color: Amber
Flower/Plant: Oak Leaves – Symbolizes strength, endurance, and courage.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Amber reflects the inner strength, confidence, and equilibrium fostered through maintaining an open heart, symbolizing the radiant assurance that emerges from embracing and expressing one’s authentic self in relationships.

RGB: 255,191,0
EV Code: 444329

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