Why Green?

Artistic Lines
from Joan Justis

May 2017


Rockhill Farm, 12" x 16" oil on canvas board

Rockhill Farm, 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas board

Green is a color with numerous hues that can be detected by the human eye.  As I drove early this morning through a farming valley with the sun rising over the mountains, this thought came to my mind.  So many greens!  So refreshing and uplifting.





I watched a Great Courses video “How Colors Affect you: What Science Reveals”. Apparently experiments have proven that green effectively fosters creative thinking.  Even a green piece of paper can ignite inventive thoughts. That must be why I intuitively painted my studio a soft green.  I wish I had known this when I was teaching school!

Green Grow the Lilacs, Joan Justis

Green Grow the Lilacs, Joan Justis





We have all recognized that spending time hiking or sitting on a porch in a green backyard refreshes the soul and reduces stress.  Also green is an invitation.  Green means we can go.  And the color represents the characteristic of being a nurturer.


It is an old word in many languages usually beginning with “gro” or “gre” referring to the color of living things and growth.

Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Joan Justis, 24' x 30", oil on canvas

Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Joan Justis, 24′ x 30″, oil on canvas

We can take advantage of this effect and include green and plants in our environment, and especially spend more time outside in a natural environment.

I purposely design my landscape paintings to be windows where we can mentally escape and wander.  Look at my website http://joanjustis.com for “Wild Spaces” and enjoy the sense of releasing stress!

“Green is the color of life.” (Quoted from Bourne Creative, meaning of the color green.)

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