Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When We Compare

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.

Comparison, Envy, Jealous, Schadenfreude, Reverence, Freudenfreude, Resentment, Vulnerability and Admiration

About the Palette

Palette Name: Mirror’s Edge
Palette Sentiment: Slightly Negative

Palette Description: Your color palette for the theme of comparison captures a wide range of emotions and psychological states that emerge from comparing ourselves to others or even ideas to one another. Each color chosen adds a layer of depth to the understanding of comparison, from the serene and thoughtful to the complex and sometimes darker aspects. Here’s how each color contributes to the palette. Together, these colors form a nuanced narrative around the act of comparison, illustrating the diverse emotional landscapes we navigate as we measure ourselves and our lives against others. From envy and resentment to admiration and joy, the palette reflects the complex interplay of feelings that comparison can evoke, reminding us of the multifaceted nature of human emotions and the importance of maintaining balance and perspective.

About the Emotions


Definition: Discontented longing for someone else’s advantages.

Color: Cerulean
Flower/Plant: Lupine – Represents imagination but can symbolize the need to stand out.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This sky-blue color provides a backdrop of calmness and clarity, essential for thoughtful comparison. It suggests a space for open-mindedness and peaceful contemplation, where insights can be gained and perspectives broadened.

RGB: 0,123,167
HEX: #007BA7
EV Code: -276664


Definition: Discontented longing for someone else’s advantages.

Color : Dark Green
Flower/Plant: Ivy – Represents fidelity and attachment, but its invasive nature symbolizes envy.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: An intensified shade of green underscores the depth of envy, marking a transition from fleeting jealousy to more profound covetousness. It speaks to the intensification of desire and the complex emotions involved in wanting what someone else possesses.

RGB: 0,128,0
HEX: #008000
EV Code: -177772


Definition: Feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages.

Color: Green
Flower/Plant: Orange Lily – Can symbolize jealousy or wealth sought through aggressive means.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Traditionally linked with jealousy, green represents the initial, perhaps more superficial layer of comparison, where desire and envy begin to surface. It’s the color of longing for what others have.

RGB: 0,153,0
HEX: #009900
EV Code: -388882


Definition: Pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune.

Color: Deep Gray
Flower/Plant: Crowfoot – Represents ingenuity, a subtle nod to taking pleasure in others’ misfortunes.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color captures the subtlety of schadenfreude, the shadowy pleasure derived from another’s misfortune. Dark gray represents the complex, often unspoken feelings that can arise when comparison leads to a sense of satisfaction in others’ failures.

RGB: 102,102,102
HEX: #666666
EV Code: -176663


Definition: Deep respect for someone or something.

Color : Slate Blue
Flower/Plant: White Lily – Represents purity and majesty.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: With its connotations of depth, wisdom, and respect, slate blue brings a dignified, reflective quality to the act of comparison. It suggests a more mature perspective, where admiration and reverence can emerge from seeing the value in others’ achievements.

RGB: 106,90,205
EV Code: 254339


Definition: Joy from seeing others happy or succeeding.

Color: Mint Green
Flower/Plant: Magenta Zinnia – Represents lasting affection, celebrating another’s success.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Light and refreshing, mint green symbolizes a positive aspect of comparison—fraudenfreude, or the joy in another’s success. It represents a renewal of spirit and supportive energy, emphasizing the healthier side of recognizing and celebrating others’ accomplishments.

RGB: 152,255,152
HEX: #98FF98
EV Code: 344339


Definition: Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

Color: Dark Orchid
Flower/Plant: Wormwood – Represents absence and bitterness.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This complex hue reflects the deeper, unresolved feelings of resentment that can stem from comparison. Dark orchid suggests the lingering, often hidden emotions that accompany perceived inequalities or injustices.

RGB: 153,50,204
HEX: #9932CC
EV Code: -387882


Definition: State of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed.

Color : Pink
Flower/Plant: Poppy – Symbolizes sleep, peace, and also remembrance.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: Tender and open, pink speaks to the vulnerability inherent in comparison. It captures the sensitivity and rawness of exposing ourselves to judgment or evaluation, both by ourselves and by others.

RGB: 255,192,203
EV Code: -257554


Definition: Respect and warm approval.

Color: Gold
Flower/Plant: Camellia – Represents admiration and perfection.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Gold represents admiration, capturing the value, respect, and high regard we might hold for someone or something as a result of comparison. It’s a color that celebrates the excellence and worth of what we admire, offering a positive counterpoint to the more negative emotions that can accompany comparison.

RGB: 255,215,0
HEX: #FFD700
EV Code: 354339

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