4 Ways to Express Emotion in Your Paintings

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4 Ways to Express Emotion in Your Paintings

Art is the skill of using creativity and imagination to fabricate aesthetic objects. Leo Tolstoy described art as ‘the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others’. Maybe this is why art is so popular – the fact that we can look at someone’s art and compare it with our own feelings and experiences in life. In today’s article we’ve provided artists four ways by which they can express their emotions in their paintings.

Use Personal Experience

Probably the best way to express emotions in your paintings is to recollect memories that have strongly touched you or affected your life. These emotions don’t necessarily have to be negative like despair, sadness, loss, hopelessness, etc. They can be positive emotions like love and happiness as well. Your emotions, whether positive or negative, will allow you to personify in your art. In order to bring more emotions in your paintings, ask yourself ‘when did I last feel hopeless?’, ‘how did it feel when I was first in love?’. Asking yourself such questions will help regurgitate strong memories of emotion and get you to paint. There are several famous painters that painted their real emotions like Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, and Vincent Van Gogh.

Take Ideas from Symbolism

Symbols have long been used in art, language and academic knowledge. Symbols have different meanings, and these meanings evoke different messages. If you wish to express emotions in your paintings, try symbolism. Try recalling what greed would like if it were a person, or what color it evokes. Do the same for sadness, love, and envy. Use colors and symbols to personify what these abstract emotions would look like and so on. This will help you in getting feelings across to the audience with the help of symbols.

Use the Right Colors

Using the right colors to evoke emotion is a brilliant idea. To do this you can either imagine what the color of a particular emotion would look like to you. For example, black to you may portray gloom and despair, whereas blue or yellow may signify happiness. It’s not necessary that colors should be associated with the emotions that society has thought them to portray, for instance blue is commonly associated with sadness, while green for nature and envy. If a color has a personal meaning to you then incorporate that into your paintings. For example, orange can signify love to you if it was the favorite color of a former lover, and so on.

Consider the Whole Piece

Another great way to send out an emotional message to your audience is to paint a picture that gives details of emotion. If you wish to show inequality you can paint a whole picture that gives out a message of inequality. Similarly, if you wish to show a new beginning, you can paint a picture of spring or flowers in bloom. Different images in their various composition can give out different messages and emotions. So carefully decide what you wish to paint and why then compose a painting to pass on that emotion or message.


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