An excellent free resource is “ColourLovers” It is an interactive site that allows you to make your own color combinations and add it to a huge database of other users color combinations. You can see what color combinations other people find appealing. I guarantee that you will come across some combinations that you would never put together. They say that color reflects a “mood” or state of mind and that it can evoke certain feelings when viewed. Perhaps, as artists, we should consider that when creating.
Colors are associated with feelings and emotions. Below is a list gathered from several resources matching colors with emotions
blues - calming, restful
creams - calming, restful
yellows - happiness, creativity
oranges - excitement
reds - passion, excitement
greens - peacefulness, nature, imagination
purples - deeper shades associated with depression
black - anger, fear
browns/neutrals - sadness
pink - pale tones are calming, brighter tones more exciting
I wasn’t able to find research on it, but would be curious to know is “Are the artists color choices in creating, a reflection of their own state of mind when creating”
And now I would like for you to take an introspective moment and think about the colors you most use in your artwork and see if there is any correlation between those colors and your state of mind.