Carl Jung: Colour Psychology

With one of my big interests being linked to colour and what it means. I am now delving deeper looking at colour from different perspectives, will this in hindsight open up new ideas for my own creative practice if anything will give me more understanding about how colour is important in every aspect of our life not just in the studio making decisions for a new project. I think its a fundamental tool for the world we live in today.

“Carl Jung is most prominently associated with the pioneering stages of color psychologyJung was most interested incolors‘ properties and meanings, as well as in art’s potential as a tool for psychotherapy. … His work has historically informed the modern field of color psychology.” 

Colour is used in representation to emotion and mood as below a simple way that this can be communicated but not limited to this. Every colour has a tonal value a harmony and different hue, if I was to include this it could become complicated but at a later date is something I am going to explore and research to get my own understanding.

Color Psychology: How Different Colors Are Influencing You

This is still a very small list and not limited to the words written as red can also mean anger and Blue can also me innocence.

I like the Idea that colour can provoke feelings not just within our own self but colour can project a mood in its self which can instantly change how we felt before this.

The play on colour can be a fun interesting process and experiment, I would like to test this with in my own working process in a series of the same images, how would it make people feel purely down to the colour combination or the tone of each piece which would remain the same only difference being play on colour. What impact could this have on the visual communication?


Architecture Victoria and Albert Museum

I love this building and certain parts walking around have a different feel to the type of architecture. As a whole the design feels very Victorian based with a Gothic feel to the design. Aspects of decorative art that have links with medieval and  Renaissance period.




Some of my favourite photos taken on the day. The amount of workmanship within these, cant imagine how much time was invested into the creation of this. Compered to now were everything seems to go up so quickly, attention to detail is something I feel lacks in modern ‘Architecture’ at times and has become more about quantity less about quality.

Making the Perfect Picture

We had a seminar Tuesday 24th Oct ‘ making the perfect picture ‘ So what does this mean? how can you justify or articulate ‘perfection’ over one thing more than another….. one persons perfection isn’t the same as someone else’s. How can this be categorised or some of the most un-perfect work is ultimately perfect.

This has got me thinking after our group discussion, for me on a personal level the word Perfect at times is a hindrance to my creative ability, leading to creative blocks, days of procrastination: like the perfect outcome being in your head before any experimentation or idea generation has been considered.

key areas I took from this seminar which for me need to be considered lets say a successful picture (rather than perfect) or not so successful picture

  • Clear visual understanding
  • Target aduance
  • Appropriate media used/does it enhance or hinder consept
  • Productive work consisting of- inspiration/research/concept/experimentation/reflection
  • Time scale but on both ends quick or lengthy either way doesn’t make it more worthy than the other
  • Inspiration has the potential to inform your ideas and development
  • Inspiration ultimately is everywhere if you can look at it like that


The American Dream Pop to the Present

One of the most inspiring exhibitions I have seen this year.



1960’s post war creating a momentum of american art over 6 decades. The rise of minimalism and conceptual art, raising issues including feminism/race/war.

Andy Warhol: scaled up repetition of prints but displayed as single prints, still giving the impact or illusion it is as one.

Within the rooms of the exhibition as a whole, there was so much to see and get interested and excited about. Bold and ambitious prints, the era of pop art created blurred lines between fine and commercial printing.

The three artists that stood out to me in a big way being: (early 1960’s onwards) Johns, Rauschenberg, Dine- how they experimented with creative process pushing the boundaries of print making, intermixing of print techniques.

Just a few of my Favourites from the exhibition book I brought.


(page 84 Jim Dine Five paintbrushes first state 1972)

Seeing this collection etching prints, they were almost life like, that you could touch the softness within the bristles. He produced 3 versions of the same print each time adding another technique to the original etching.


(page 67 Jasper Johns 1980)

This colour lithograph for me shows the complexity that print can be, even with out the technology we have now. The connection for me being he is building this print using different techniques to create this over all outcome.



(p72 Robert Raushenberg Sky Garden from stoned moon)

In real life the size ans scale of this print was insane, for me almost unimaginable, how did he have the space let alone be able to create something of this size so seamlessly. I have never experienced or had a chance to explore a lithograph but Raushenburg and a lot of print makers of that time used this process a lot into there work intermixing like in this print Raushenberg used a combination with screen-printing , with my knowledge and experience of screen-printing myself it can at times be a testing and unpredictable processes.