Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Emotions: Places We Go When With Others

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.

Boundaries, Empathy, Pity, Comparative Suffering, Compassion and Sympathy

About the Palette

Palette Name: Emotional Sanctuary
Palette Sentiment: Slightly Positive

Palette Description: The palette you’ve assembled beautifully reflects a range of emotional experiences and interactions that can occur in spaces where we connect with others. Each color chosen carries deep symbolic meaning, contributing to a nuanced spectrum that captures the complexities of human relationships and emotional exchanges. Here’s a summary and interpretation of your palette. Together, these colors paint a picture of spaces filled with emotional depth, understanding, and mutual respect. They suggest environments where individuals can navigate their relationships and emotions safely and supportively, reinforcing the idea that shared places can be sanctuaries of emotional connection and healing.

About the Emotions


Definition: Psychological or emotional limits that define the extent of comfortable and acceptable interactions.

Color: Dark Slate Gray
Flower/Plant: Hawthorn – Represents protection and setting boundaries.
Sentiment: Neutral/Mixed

Color Description: This color sets the tone for boundaries within interpersonal spaces. Its firmness and defining quality suggest a respect for personal limits and the importance of clear communication in shared environments.

RGB: 47,79,79
HEX: #2F4F4F
EV Code: 365438


Definition: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Color : Pale Turquoise
Flower/Plant: Alstroemeria – Symbolizes enduring friendship, mutual support, and empathy.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Evoking the essence of empathy, this soothing color reflects an environment that fosters understanding and mutual support. Its presence in shared spaces suggests a comforting and reassuring atmosphere where individuals feel seen and understood.

RGB: 175,238,238
EV Code: 2643210


Definition: The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others.

Color: Thistle
Flower/Plant: Alder – Represents protection and compassion, but with an undercurrent of sorrow.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: With its soft, melancholy hue, Thistle introduces a layer of gentle awareness to the palette. It symbolizes the nuanced expression of pity, acknowledging the sorrows of others while maintaining a delicate balance of compassion.

RGB: 216,191,216
EV Code: 155556

Comparative Suffering

Definition: Evaluating one’s own suffering in comparison to others’, often minimizing one’s own pain.

Color: Pale Violet Red
Flower/Plant: Patchouli – Associated with grounding and balance, yet its strong scent can be overpowering, similar to overshadowing others’ experiences.
Sentiment: Negative

Color Description: This color speaks to the complexities of emotional comparison and shared suffering. It embodies both the sensitivity to pain and the warmth of empathy, suggesting a space where diverse emotional experiences are acknowledged and validated.

RGB: 219,112,147
HEX: #DB7093
EV Code: -276664


Definition: Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

Color : Medium Pink
Flower/Plant: Gardenia – Represents secret love, purity, and gentle compassion.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Representing compassion, Medium Pink adds a tender and caring touch to the palette. It signifies a nurturing environment where kindness and gentle support are freely given, fostering a sense of comfort and safety in shared spaces.

RGB: 255,182,193
EV Code: 464210


Definition: Feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

Color : Misty Rose
Flower/Plant: Aspen Leaf – Quivers like a heart touched by others’ pain.
Sentiment: Positive

Color Description: Soft and comforting, Misty Rose complements the palette by emphasizing the importance of sympathy. It highlights a space’s ability to offer solace and understanding, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that soothes the soul.

RGB: 255,228,225
EV Code: 254339

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