Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When Things Aren’t What They Seem

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.

Cognitive Dissonance, Paradox, Nostalgia, Irony, Sarcasm, Bittersweetness and Amusement

About the Palette

Palette Name: Illusion’s Hue
Palette Sentiment: Mostly Neutral

Palette Description: The color palette for the “Places We Go When Things Aren’t What They Seem” dives into the complexities of perception, the unexpected twists of reality, and the multifaceted nature of our experiences. Each color selected offers a unique lens through which to explore these themes. Together, these colors weave a narrative that acknowledges the complexity of navigating a world where appearances can be deceiving and realities are multifaceted. They remind us of the richness of human experience, the value of questioning our perceptions, and the importance of embracing the unexpected with curiosity and openness. This palette not only illustrates the emotional and cognitive landscapes we traverse in such moments but also celebrates the depth and diversity of understanding they can bring.

About the Emotions

Cognitive Dissonance

Definition: Psychological discomfort from holding contradictory beliefs or attitudes.

Color: Dim Gray
Flower/Plant: Pansy – Represents thoughtful reflection, often associated with free thought.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color adeptly embodies the fog of cognitive dissonance, where conflicting beliefs or thoughts create tension and uncertainty. Dim Gray’s muted tone captures the ambiguity and confusion that arise when our perceptions clash with new information or realities.

RGB: 105,105,105
HEX: #696969
EV Code: -197772


Definition: A situation that combines contradictory features.

Color : Purple
Flower/Plant: Lotus – Emerges beautiful from muddy waters, symbolizing the paradox of beauty from darkness.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: As a symbol of mystery, magic, and the unknown, Purple is ideal for representing paradoxical situations that defy straightforward interpretation. Its richness suggests the depth of inquiry and contemplation required to navigate the complexities of seemingly contradictory experiences.

RGB: 128,0,128
HEX: #800080
EV Code: 175655


Definition: Sentimental longing for the past.

Color: Saddle Brown
Flower/Plant: Forget-me-not – Symbolizes true love and remembrance.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: Evoking a sense of warmth and grounding, Saddle Brown reflects the nostalgia for simpler times or understandings when faced with the complexities of the present. It captures the longing for the familiar amidst the unfamiliar.

RGB: 139,69,19
HEX: #8B4513
EV Code: -174547


Definition: Use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning.

Color: Rosy Brown
Flower/Plant: Celandine – Represents joys to come, which can be ironic if unexpected.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: With its subtle and nuanced hue, Rosy Brown is perfectly suited to express the layered meanings and subtle twists of irony. It reflects the gentle acknowledgment of life’s contradictions and the soft humor found in recognizing them.

RGB: 188,143,143
EV Code: 165546


Definition: Use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

Color: Peru
Flower/Plant: Yellow Carnation – Symbolizes disdain or rejection.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: Sharp and distinct, Peru captures the essence of sarcasm with its biting edge. It symbolizes the pointed critique often hidden within sarcastic remarks, highlighting the discrepancy between what is said and what is meant.

RGB: 205,133,63
HEX: #CD853F
EV Code: 155655


Definition: Mixture of sadness and happiness.

Color: Goldenrod
Flower/Plant: Orange Blossom – Represents purity, eternal love, and marriage but can be bittersweet.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: Goldenrod, with its warmth and depth, is ideal for conveying the complex emotions tied to bittersweet experiences. It represents the mingling of joy and sorrow, reflecting the nuanced feelings that emerge when reality unfolds in unexpected ways.

RGB: 218,165,32
HEX: #DAA520
EV Code: 085556


Definition: State of finding something funny or entertaining.

Color: Coral
Flower/Plant: Cosmos – Symbolizes order, harmony, and fun.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Coral’s vibrant and playful nature captures the delight of amusement, particularly in situations where the unexpected turns out to be enjoyable or enlightening. Its lively hue suggests the capacity to find joy and humor, even when things don’t go as planned.

RGB: 255,127,80
HEX: #FF7F50
EV Code: 336439

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