Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When To Self-assess

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.

Pride, Hubris and Humility

About the Palette

Palette Name: Reflection’s Spectrum
Palette Sentiment: Mostly Positive

Palette Description: The color palette for the “Places We Go When To Self-assess” encapsulates the introspective journey of evaluating one’s own qualities, achievements, and areas for growth. Each color represents different facets of this reflective process. Together, these colors create a balanced narrative for self-assessment, highlighting the importance of recognizing one’s worth and achievements (Blue), being mindful of not crossing into overconfidence (Copper), and maintaining a humble and open approach to personal growth (Snow). This palette underlines the multifaceted nature of self-reflection, emphasizing the need for balance between pride and humility in understanding and developing oneself.

About the Emotions


Definition: Deep satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements.

Color: Blue
Flower/Plant: Oak – Symbolizes strength, bravery, and resistance.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: This color conveys pride in a positive light, symbolizing the acknowledgment of one’s accomplishments and strengths. Its stability and dignity reflect the self-respect that comes from recognizing personal achievements, serving as a foundation for self-assessment.

RGB: 0,0,255
HEX: #0000FF
EV Code: 345447


Definition: Excessive pride or self-confidence.

Color : Copper
Flower/Plant: Hydrangea – Represents boastfulness, or sometimes gratitude.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Copper introduces the concept of overconfidence with caution. It represents the warmth and radiance of self-assurance but also carries a warning about the dangers of letting this confidence turn into hubris. The metallic sheen of copper symbolizes the fine line between a healthy self-esteem and the corrosion of character that can come from unchecked pride.

RGB: 184,115,51
HEX: #B87333
EV Code: 267773


Definition: Modesty about one’s own status or accomplishments.

Color: Snow
Flower/Plant: Violet – Symbolizes modesty, humility, and simplicity.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: The pure, clean essence of Snow embodies humility and modesty. It suggests a blank slate, openness to learning, and the willingness to see oneself without pretense. This color reflects the essential part of self-assessment where one acknowledges limitations and areas for improvement with grace and acceptance.

RGB: 255,250,250
EV Code: 244339

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