The colour is named after the orange fruit, introduced to Europe via the Indo-European word nāranja. Before this was introduced to the English-speaking world, the colour was referred to (in Old English) as geoluhread, which translates into Modern English as yellow-red. The orange is an old symbol for love, sometimes used by artists as an alternative for the forbidden fruit. The orange above is a nice example of an orange mandala from nature.
The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585 – 620 nm. The complementary colour of orange is azure, a slightly greenish blue. The image below shows you the transition from red to yellow, if you mix the 2 colours you will get orange (as a secundairy colour).
Orange, a very positive colour,not frightening as red can be. Orange is also the colour of healing, vitality, cheerfulness, celebration, heat movement and wealth. Orange is used to symbolically represent the second (Swadhisthana) chakra: Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification. The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change. The colour is associated with the number 2.
The mandala below I made for someone I hardly know. My friend asked me to paint it for a friend of hers, but she didn´t know the date of birth , her wish was that a Ganesha had to be in the mandala. Normally I don´t work this way, but the request and the lack of guidance from the date of birth created a new sense of freedom, in which I was very inspired and I made the mandala with a lot of pleasure.
Afterwards Orange was the perfect colour chosen for this person.