Friday, February 15, 2013
Red is the color of power and communism. Of blood, strawberries and danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, anger and socialism. Red makes a statement. It gets noticed.
The word red comes from the Old English rēd. The word can be further traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root reudh-. In Sanskrit, the word rudhira means red or blood. In the Akkadian language of Ancient Mesopotamia and in the modern Inuit language of Eskimos, the word for red is the same word as "like blood".
The words for 'colored' in Latin (coloratus) and Spanish (colorado) both also mean 'red.' whereas in Portuguese the word for red is vermelho, which comes from Latin "vermiculus", meaning "little worm".
Red roses signify love.
I've been writing about icons, and comics, and red lips these past weeks. About what sticks in our mind. Recently, the work I've been doing has been more creative. I straddle the finance and business side of the world then get creative with novels and creating a new company. Both efforts draw on completely different resources, both internal and external and I need to literally force a shift. Reading fiction versus non-fiction, playing with makeup and colors or perusing Barrons and Marketwatch. Focus, daydreams, then back to focus. Combined the latter two create results.
This week I started collecting red lipstick, buying up old versions on eBay and new ones on Sephora, et al (so if you want to give me a gift...I'm just suggesting...). I think that my new hobby says a lot about which direction my efforts are heading. You?