I would like to digress some to explore another aspect of the health benefits of art.
If you focus on the polarity of breathing we can explore some aspects of the in and out of other living processes. I have introduced the colors of yellow and blue and their tendencies of going out and going in as a polarity. They also can represent a kind of breathing. What would happen if you took a moment to slowly focus on a yellow circle and then a blue one alternately? Is it calming-similar to taking slow complete breaths? I'd be interested in your feedback if you try this.
Another polarity is the phenomena of after images. Do our eyes breathe? Try this. Get two sheets of white paper. Color a bright yellow circle on one sheet about one or two inches in diameter. Stare at it with soft eyes for about thirty seconds and then look at the other plain white paper. Do you see a soft image of the opposite color? This is a great experience and can shift your attention to a sensory phenomena that is out of the ordinary. Again it reveals a polarity.
Before I go on let me say that I am saving and posting interesting information that I find on color from the internet on my Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/NaturasArt. For example there are posts about color libraries and the discovery of a new color of blue as well as dyes and colors.
Blue recedes to the edges. It is generous in it's capacity to hold and make space for the middle. It also recedes in space and maybe in contemplating this you will get a feel for color perspective. It wants to form itself more than many other colors. Try painting just a blue on white and see what happens.
In reading Gerald Wagner in Individuality of Colour yellow rays out in a happy fashion. It wants to spread from the center outward. Trying using watercolors and painting a yellow circle in the middle of white paper. Try to observe and sense what seems natural to yellow. (You could also try colored pencils). Think of the people you know and see if you would call any of them yellow people. What are their qualities? How would you move like yellow? What music reminds you of yellow? The more you invest in observing this color the more the connections will come to you.
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In “Drawing and Painting in Rudolf Steiner
Schools” by Margrit Junemann and Fritz Weitmann
on pages 183 1nd 184. Note from Munich,17.2.1918
The following quote from Rudolf Steiner is found;
"The child is confronted today with things devoid
of a pictorial element, the young person, on the
other hand, possesses forces in his body….that will
burst out everywhere if they are not brought to the
surface in pictorial representation. What will be
the result of modern mistaken education? These
forces do not become lost; they spread out, gain
existential ground, and invade the thoughts, feel-
ings and will impulses. And what kind of people will
come into being from that? They will be rebels, revo-
lutionaries, dissatisfied people; people who do not
know what they want, because they want something
that one cannot know."