Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When We’re Hurting

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.

Grief, Sadness, Hopelessness, Anguish and Despair

About the Palette

Palette Name: Shades of Solace
Palette Sentiment: Extremely Negative

Palette Description: The palette you’ve described for places we go when we’re hurting is deeply evocative, capturing a spectrum of emotional pain through the use of profound and resonant colors. Each shade selected serves to articulate the various facets of suffering, from grief and sadness to despair and turmoil. Here’s an interpretation of your palette. Together, these colors create a palette that is both beautiful and somber, offering a visual representation of the emotional landscapes encountered in times of hurt. They remind us that suffering, while deeply personal, is also a universal human experience, and there is a certain beauty in acknowledging and expressing these darker shades of human emotion. This palette not only resonates with those who are hurting but also serves as a bridge to understanding and empathy for those who wish to offer support.

About the Emotions


Definition: Deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.

Color: Dark Blue
Flower/Plant: Yew – Represents deep sorrow, mourning, and the eternal nature of the soul.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color embodies the profound nature of grief. Its depth conveys the vast, often overwhelming, sense of loss, representing the emotional and sometimes physical weight that grief carries.

RGB: 0,0,139
HEX: #00008B
EV Code: -4108882


Definition: Feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy.

Color : Azure
Flower/Plant: Hellebore – Represents sorrow, regret, and solitude amidst adversity.

Color Description: Offering a contrast within the palette, Dodger Blue carries a somberness that is tempered with calm. It acknowledges the presence of sadness but also hints at the clarity and peace that can eventually arise from emotional pain.

RGB: 30,144,255
HEX: #1E90FF
EV Code: -246663


Definition: A feeling or state of despair; lack of hope.

Color: Dark Slate Blue
Flower/Plant: Myrtle – Traditionally symbolizes love and remembrance, but its evergreen quality can imply a static, unchanging state.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: Symbolizing hopelessness, this color captures the feeling of being enveloped in darkness, where light and hope seem distant. It reflects the depth of despair that can consume one’s perspective, emphasizing the internal struggle of finding one’s way back to hope.

RGB: 72,61,139
HEX: #483D8B
EV Code: -587991


Definition: Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.

Color: Dark Red
Flower/Plant: Black Dahlia – Represents betrayal and dark emotions.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: With its intense and profound hue, Dark Red vividly represents deep emotional pain and turmoil. It speaks to the raw, acute nature of emotional suffering, where feelings are both powerful and piercing.

RGB: 139,0,0
HEX: #8B0000
EV Code: -499991


Definition: The complete loss or absence of hope.

Color : Dark Violet
Flower/Plant: Dead Leaves – Represent the end of a cycle, loss, and despair.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color, rich and deep, perfectly encapsulates the essence of despair. It suggests not just the depth but also the complexity of emotional pain, where layers of feelings intertwine, making the experience all the more intense.

RGB: 148,0,211
HEX: #9400D3
EV Code: -598991

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