How line and color determine emotion

By Marshall Smith                                                 Psychologically, it has been proven that color and line shape, thickness, direction, etc. all alter the way that people can perceive or feel about an art piece. I attempted at capturing a wide selection of arts to demonstrate what qualities of color help with what mindsets and what traits of line help determine directional message and feeling. Obviously there are many interpretations to abstract arts, but these descriptions give attention to the basic, psychological sciences of relating to the senses.

With Doubt Forest1 by Yang, Dae Won, the powerful red background simulates intense focus on the contrasting center piece. By keeping the painting simple in shape and color, it allows directional focus to the viewers on the person inside. Thick lines help us show size comparison as a single object.
Pleasant Landscapes by Kim, Ik Mo delivers a strong, yet harmonized feeling within the complexity and chaos of the scene. The colors are all fluent with each other and harmonize in respective space to simulate an exciting and comforting, pillowy environment.
Meat Abstract #4 by Helen Chadwick uses texture in soft, comforting colors such as navy and lilac to emphasize on the interpreted message in this artwork. The thick wrinkles serve as dimensional waves, calming the viewer and encouraging deep thought.
Memo by Stuart Davis's lines are very perfected and sharp in style, thickness, and vibrant color. Where as the opposites work together in this showcase, everything evenly fits within the painting like an organized message or memo. Memo often refers to business, which stimulates the mind like the qualities mentioned about this art.
The line work in Survival Game I by Lee Joong Keun is subtle, but repetitious and almost vanished. This serves as a purpose of allowing the viewer to see the section of pieces as a whole rather than looking for minute intricacies at first sight. The colors harmonize and serve as a home-like environment.
The drab, yet rich shades of Abstract with violin by Paul Haefliger is very multi-media appearing. The large shapes with thin borders create the illusion of an obvious violin. This allows creative yet guided thinking and the atmosphere to influence the viewer by the muted shades.
Pots and pear by William Scott is very straight forward in design. The background is repeatedly stroked plain shades and the very thick and bold lines serve as great importance to the two items in this painting (and name). It allows the mind to stay focused and considered of the atmosphere as well as go even deeper with it. (It is very visually plain as a blank canvas for imagination.)
Pink Stack by Sir Anthony Caro resembles a bench in a single shaded metal. The thick posted lines serve as support to a seemingly useless would-be seat. The thinness of the middle portion helps serve as a better understanding of material. The flow of it helps keep the viewer calm, understanding it is a balanced yet imperfect art. The color enhances stability, structure, and support (though this appears to be quite opposite for a message).
With such a cartoony style, Untilted by street artist Chu shows a textured, feathered or fluffy monster expressing himself with an exclamation mark. We know this by the direction and shape of the lines and how bold all of it is, standing out from the chosen real life environment. The boldness and attention-seeking colors of yellow in the black help acknowledge importance. The red and yellow combination signify possible knowledge or communicative message and energized action / motion.
The gold hues of Saint Ambrose by Valentino Vago embrace a single, thicker, straight line in the shape of a possibly familiar item or weapon. This blurring of such thick strokes of yellow paint clear our thoughts and help canvas the harder line in the almost center. The straightness of the line gives feelings of importance or power.
This abstract by Mario Carreno titled Setting Sun, is very representative of a sunset in the shades of bold reds, oranges, and yellows as of an actual sunset. The organized mis-match of lines helps possibly resemble the shapes in the sky when a sunset occurs and the neatness of how the day folds back up; night in the midst.
Hangar by Kim, Myung Sook uses two colors, giving an empty and dark message / feeling. The intensity and sloppiness of the lines also serve as unsettling terror as the beast moves towards your general direction.
The great impression of Vincent Van Gogh by Ham, Myung Su gives a bold, fresh, creative canvas with the plain yet positive green background. The numerous, flowing skin tones on Vincent's face help with structure and shape of his face and shadows cast on it.
The waving pattern-esc lines in Blue-Sea by Yang, Dae Won simulate lively water with bubbles and foam erupting from under them. The thickness of the waves gives depth and power to the in-motion rapids. The random lines that obstruct the pattern serve as randomizers to the realism of how liquids work. The colors contrast nicely and realistically, giving viewers a relaxed yet attentive emotion.
The parallel structure of Set up a Pillar by Ham, Myung Su lets you understand and visualize the strength and structural integrity of line in this art piece. It directs the form and way weight and gravity act upon the objects with plenty to look at. The diverse color scheme calls out to viewers with a message (hence the name).
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