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A Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Artsy gifts in red to give to others or your true love, yourself!

Red provokes the strongest emotions of any color. And of course, in the windup to Valentine’s Day it’s everywhere. Red’s bold, deep intensity is stimulating and associated with excitement. In fact, studies show that being exposed to the color red, either on clothing or in your environment, may elevate your blood pressure, enhance your metabolism or increase your heart rate. Red is TRULY powerful both emotionally and physically!

The Psychology of Red
Oh, and we may want to rethink the little black dress or the blue oxford shirt now and then. Results of a 2008 landmark research study show that people who wear red are consistently rated as more attractive. In this study, men rated a woman wearing red as more sexually desirable than the same woman in blue. Elliot AJ, Niesta D. Romantic Red: Red enhances men’s attraction to women. J Pers Soc Psychol.

A different series of studies at the University of Rochester and other institutions found the same results for women rating a man wearing a red shirt vs. a blue shirt. The women were more likely to want to date or kiss the man in the experiment when he wore red. Interestingly, they viewed him as more powerful and having a higher status.

So, it’s likely no surprise that culturally red is linked to passion, love, and desire. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that red is Cupid’s holiday color.

Artsy Red Gifts.

Are you debating what to offer up to someone special on February 14th? Perhaps this is the year to consider something more lasting that dark chocolate or fresh flowers as a token of affection. Here are a few suggestions for original art that comes straight from the heart of a working artist. All celebrate this exciting and joyful rosy crimson hue. It’s a meaningful gift for others or your truest love of all: yourself. Here’s to following your heart and surrounding yourself with things you love.

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Colorful Table I 16"H X 20"W I Oil and oil pastel on panel by Thomas Rosenbaum

Red is hot and conjures up a range of emotions like passionate love associated to Cupid. Beating hearts, hungry lips, pretty fragrant roses, the red Valentine relates to it all.

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INTERIOR I 22″H X 30″W I Oil and spray paint on archival paper by Michael Gute

When I haven’t any blue, I use red. ~Pablo Picasso

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RED I 60″H X 48″W I Red Ink, Archival Pigment Prints, Archival Paper, on Canvas by Jessica DeMuro

Mixing red with white, makes the color pink. Red is usually reserved for romantic, intimate relationships and pink can be for close friends or family members on Valentine’s Day

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CAROUSEL I 24.75"H X 22.5"W I Oil based inks on BFK Reeves paper by Ann McIntyre

Red is the color of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions.

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TRAY TRAY I .75"H X 16.8"W X 8.5"D I MDF and enamel by Erika Cross

Life is simple, it is either cherry red or midnight blue. ~Lou Gramm

That Valentine
THAT VALENTINE I 19"H X 13"W I Vector Illustration by Stephen Czapiewski

Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life force.

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PINK PASSION I 54"H X 24"W X 18"D I Steel and fused glass by Kelly O'Neill

Red signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination.

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EMERGENCE I 28"H X 24"W I Monotype collageby Tricia Soderberg

Red is an ultimate cure for sadness. ~Bill Blass

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SIENNA-CHERRY UNRYU I 26"H X 32"W I Paper, gold leaf, metallic inks by Jerome Patryjak

Stronger than alcohol, vaster than poetry, Ferment the freckled red bitterness of love! ~Arthur Rimbauld

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FIRE ELEMENTAL I 25"H X 35"W I Vegan pigment, 22K gold leaf, ink on paper by Shreya Mehta

Red means love, symbolic of the heart, and the red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

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PORTRAIT IN RED I 24"H X 20"W I oil on canvas panel by Hannah Whitner

Which of these pieces would you gift?

How does the color red make you feel?

What’s your thought about the Valentine’s holiday?

This article was written by Andrea Bogart, professional artist, art consultant and the founder of Embrace Creatives, matching you with original art to love.

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