Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When We Search For Connection

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.

Connection, Belonging, Invisibility, Disconnection, Loneliness, Insecurity and Fitting In

About the Palette

Palette Name: Harmony’s Quest
Palette Sentiment: Slightly Negative

Palette Description: The color palette for places we seek connection beautifully encompasses the spectrum of emotions and states we navigate in our quest for belonging and understanding. It captures both the yearning for connection and the challenges that can accompany this journey. Here’s a deeper look at the palette. Together, these colors form a nuanced narrative of the human desire for connection, from the rich, fulfilling bonds we seek to the challenges of feeling unseen or distant. They remind us of the complex tapestry of human relationships and the continuous search for a place where we truly belong. This palette not only resonates with the emotional landscapes we navigate in pursuit of connection but also serves as a visual homage to the universal longing for belonging and understanding.

About the Emotions


Definition: A relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

Color: Dark Turquoise
Flower/Plant: Jasmine – Symbolizes attachment, sensuality, and comfort.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: This color, with its depth and richness, signifies the profound and fulfilling connections we aspire to find. It represents the depth of relationships that are both engaging and meaningful, symbolizing the beauty of genuine bonds.

RGB: 0,206,209
HEX: #00CED1
EV Code: 4442210


Definition: Vibrant and full of life, Lime Green captures the essence of community and the joy of belonging. It evokes the feeling of being welcomed with open arms into a group where one feels an integral part of something larger.

Color : Lime Green
Flower/Plant: Heather – Represents protection, good luck, and wishes coming true.
Sentiment: Positive

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: 50,205,50
HEX: #32CD32
EV Code: 4532210


Definition: The state of being ignored or not noticeable; being made to feel as though you are not present.

Color: Light Slate Gray
Flower/Plant: Mistletoe – Represents protection, invisibility, and sacred secrets.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color reflects the subtler side of seeking connection—the times we feel invisible or overlooked despite being in the midst of others. It symbolizes the quieter, more introspective moments of longing for deeper bonds.

RGB: 119,136,153
HEX: #778899
EV Code: -376672


Definition: The state of being isolated or detached from others or oneself.

Color: Dark Cool Grey
Flower/Plant: Dried White Rose – Represents loss or fading memories.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Dark Cool Grey communicates the emotional distance and coolness that can arise in spaces of disconnection. It represents the challenges in seeking connection, highlighting the feelings of detachment that can sometimes pervade our attempts to connect.

RGB: 138,141,143
HEX: #8A8D8F
EV Code: -367772


Definition: A complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship.

Color : Powder Blue
Flower/Plant: Cypress – Symbolizes mourning, solitude, and eternal rest.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Offering a gentle contrast within the palette, Powder Blue speaks to the solitude of loneliness with a hint of hope. It captures the dual nature of loneliness as both a state of emptiness and an opportunity for self-reflection and growth.

RGB: 176,224,230
HEX: #B0E0E6
EV Code: -366772


Definition: Feeling uncertain or anxious about oneself; lack of confidence.

Color: Lavender
Flower/Plant: Mimosa – Represents sensitivity, closed for self-protection.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This gentle hue captures the essence of insecurity in the context of connection. With its soft and subtle presence, Lavender conveys the vulnerabilities and uncertainties we often face in our quest for belonging. It embodies the delicate, often internal struggle with self-doubt and the fear of not being enough, which can impede or shape our journey toward finding meaningful connections. Lavender adds a layer of emotional depth to the palette, highlighting the introspective aspect of seeking connection where the focus is as much on overcoming internal barriers as it is on reaching out.

RGB: 230,230,250
EV Code: -277663

Fitting In

Definition: The process of assimilating into a group or culture; adapting to be accepted by others.

Color: Wheat
Flower/Plant: Chameleon Plant – Adapts to its environment, representing adaptability and desire to fit in.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: This color symbolizes the comfort and simplicity of fitting in—a state where one feels effortlessly part of a group or community. Wheat embodies the warmth and ease of finding a place where we are accepted as we are, without pretense or effort.

RGB: 245,222,179
EV Code: 276457

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