Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When Things Are Uncertain Or Too Much

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.

Fear, Dread, Overwhelm, Stress, Avoidance, Worry, Excitement and Anxiety

About the Palette

Palette Name: Tempest’s Calm
Palette Sentiment: Highly Negative

Palette Description: The color palette for the “Places We Go When Things Are Uncertain Or Too Much” encapsulates the range of emotional responses to situations that are overwhelming or fraught with ambiguity. Each color reflects a different aspect of navigating through uncertain times. Together, these colors form a narrative of coping and resilience, illustrating the varied emotional landscapes we traverse in uncertain times. From the darkness of fear and the introspection of dread to the quest for clarity and the comfort found in avoidance or care, this palette highlights the complexity of human emotions when faced with the unknown or the overwhelming. It reminds us of the importance of seeking balance, finding moments of peace, and allowing ourselves to experience the full spectrum of feelings that such times can evoke.

About the Emotions


Definition: An emotion caused by the belief in impending danger or pain.

Color: Black
Flower/Plant: Black Rose – Represents death and farewell, or fear of the unknown.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Represents the profound uncertainty and the fear of the unknown. It embodies the depths of the unseen challenges and the anxiety that comes with facing what cannot yet be seen or understood.

RGB: 0,0,0
HEX: #000000
EV Code: -458882


Definition: Great fear or apprehension about something.

Color : Indigo
Flower/Plant: Nettle – Represents protection and healing, yet touching it can cause pain.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Indigo’s depth conveys the intensity of dread that can accompany deep uncertainty. It suggests a contemplative, introspective journey into the core of our fears and the emotional depth required to face them.

RGB: 75,0,130
HEX: #4B0082
EV Code: -467882


Definition: Feeling buried or defeated by too much.

Color: Silver
Flower/Plant: Blue Hyacinth – Symbolizes consistency and a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Silver offers a shimmer of clarity and resilience in the midst of overwhelming situations. Its modern and sleek appearance symbolizes the search for a silver lining or a guiding light through difficult times.

RGB: 192,192,192
HEX: #C0C0C0
EV Code: -389992


Definition: Mental or emotional strain from adverse circumstances.

Color: Cool Gray
Flower/Plant: Chamomile – Known for its stress-reducing properties.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Signifying neutrality and balance, Cool Gray brings a calming influence to the palette. It represents the need for peace and steadiness when faced with turmoil, suggesting a tranquil haven amidst the chaos.

RGB: 217,228,221
EV Code: -278773


Definition: Act of keeping away from or not doing something.

Color: Beige
Flower/Plant: Maiden Fern – Symbolizes sincerity, but its delicate nature hints at the ease of avoidance.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Beige’s unassuming nature reflects the tendency to avoid confronting overwhelming situations directly. It embodies the inclination to blend into the background when faced with too much to handle.

RGB: 245,245,220
EV Code: -366663


Definition: Anxiety over potential problems or dangers.

Color: Apricot
Flower/Plant: Buttercup – Represents childishness, offering a light to worries.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: With its warm, nurturing hue, Apricot offers comfort and mild reassurance. It speaks to the gentle, soothing presence that helps ease worries and bring a sense of calm to anxious moments.

RGB: 250,214,165
EV Code: -257663


Definition: Feeling of lively enthusiasm.

Color: Orange Red
Flower/Plant: Anemone – Symbolizes anticipation and excitement for the future.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: This vibrant blend captures the essence of excitement and energy, providing a counterbalance to the palette’s more subdued tones. It reflects the potential for finding passion and vibrancy even in the midst of uncertainty.

RGB: 255,69,0
HEX: #FF4500
EV Code: 547458


Definition: Nervousness or unease, typically about something with an uncertain outcome.

Color: Light Pink
Flower/Plant: Aspen Leaves – Quivering leaves represent nervousness and anxiety.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Light Pink provides a soft, comforting touch, easing the edges of anxiety with its gentle presence. It symbolizes the tender care and self-compassion necessary when navigating through uncertain or challenging times.

RGB: 255,209,220
EV Code: -388882

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