Playing with Red (Sketchbook Ideas #13)

Playing with Red (Sketchbook Ideas #13)

Continuing in my New Year’s sketchbook warm up series, I’ve explored the color red. Sometimes it can tilt toward orange, sometimes towards pink or purple, sometimes toward blue or brown. I’ve found that it’s hard to get a red red that reads only red!

Red can mean different things on different occasions, everything from anger to Valentine’s day. It can also evoke blood, or warning, or stop. It can read happy or scary, and lots in between, what does “seeing red” mean to you?

In this post you can see some of my recent meditations on the color red. Give it a try. What would you do with red? Tomato soup?











I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Lisa Avery 4 months ago

    Hello Polly!
    I am really enjoying your blog.
    Thank you very much!

  2. Sherri 4 months ago

    Some of your best work, in my opinion. Love the color choices and love your commitment to all things good. ❤️

  3. Wendy McAuley 4 months ago



  1. […] A couple days ago I posted some new red work of mine done in my artist journal. It is a good practice to work in your sketchbook on a prompt you assign yourself, until you have clarity of what you want to paint. First I scribbled, then I experimented with circles, but working in red opened my flood gates! I want to paint pastels in red! […]

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