Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When We Feel Wronged

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.

Hate, Disgust, Contempt, Dehumanization, Self-righteousness and Anger

About the Palette

Palette Name: Echoes of Justice
Palette Sentiment: Extremely Negative

Palette Description: The color palette for the places we go when we feel wronged creates a vivid portrayal of the darker, more complex aspects of human emotions. Each color chosen articulates a specific facet of feeling wronged, from the simmering persistence of hate to the cold rejection of contempt, and the fiery heat of anger. Here’s a brief overview of how each color contributes to the theme. Together, these colors weave a narrative of the emotional landscape we navigate when wronged. They reflect the depth of our responses, ranging from the immediate heat of anger to the enduring chill of contempt and the deep scarring effects of dehumanization. This palette not only captures the variety of emotions involved but also invites reflection on the complexity of these feelings and the importance of addressing and healing from the wounds they represent.

About the Emotions


Definition: Intense dislike or ill will.

Color: Charcoal Gray
Flower/Plant: Basil – While known for love and good wishes, in some cultures, it represents hate.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Captures the enduring, deep-seated nature of hate. It’s a reminder of the long-lasting impact that hate can have, smoldering beneath the surface long after the initial flames of anger have died down.

RGB: 54,69,79
HEX: #36454F
EV Code: -478991


Definition: A feeling of strong disapproval or revulsion.

Color : Dark Olive Green
Flower/Plant: Skunk Cabbage – Its smell represents disgust and aversion.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Represents the bitterness and repulsion of disgust. This color evokes a visceral reaction, symbolizing the strong aversion and rejection we feel towards something or someone that has wronged us.

RGB: 85,107,47
HEX: #556B2F
EV Code: -357772


Definition: The feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.

Color: Slate Gray
Flower/Plant: Bittersweet Nightshade – Its beauty belies its toxic nature, symbolizing deceit.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Embodies the cool, dispassionate nature of contempt. It’s the emotional distance and disdain felt towards those who have wronged us, a detachment that comes from a place of moral or intellectual superiority.

RGB: 112,128,144
HEX: #708090
EV Code: -377881


Definition: The process of depriving a person or group of positive human qualities, making them seem less than human.

Color: Rust
Flower/Plant: Datura – Represents deceit and falsehood, with its toxic and hallucinogenic properties.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Symbolizes the degradation and loss experienced through dehumanization. It speaks to the corrosion of dignity and identity, reflecting the deep harm caused by being stripped of humanity.

RGB: 183,65,14
HEX: #B7410E
EV Code: -599991


Definition: Being convinced of one’s own righteousness, especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others; typically associated with a lack of tolerance.

Color : Bronze
Flower/Plant: Phlox – Symbolizes agreement but can imply uniformity in thought.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Reflects the steadfastness and pride of self-righteousness. This color suggests a rigidity in one’s beliefs and attitudes, often emerging in situations where one feels morally wronged or superior.

RGB: 205,127,50
HEX: #CD7F32
EV Code: -276773


Definition: A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

Color: Red
Flower/Plant: Red Peony – Represents anger but also prosperity.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Vividly conveys the intensity and aggression of anger. It’s the immediate, fiery response to being wronged, representing the raw, unfiltered energy that propels us to react.

RGB: 255,0,0
HEX: #FF0000
EV Code: -169882

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