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What Are The Meaning For Different Color Roses

Pink Rose Art

I love colors, I love roses and I love symbology. Therefore, today I am going to talk you through the color meaning for roses.

So, what is the meaning for each color of roses?

Let’s say you want to buy flowers to a loved one and you want the correct message going along with the gift. Maybe you want to decorate a room with purpose. Or you may just wish to send the appropriate notecard with the right rose meaning color in it?

Bottom line is, you should know the meaning of the color of a rose before you choose it.

Roses meaning by color:


Love, Respect, Courage, Passion, Well Done, Congratulations

Deep Red Rose Art

Red is the number one choice of roses when you are in love. Whether a person is aware of it or not, when they give you red roses it basically means they have a strong desire towards you. Red roses immediately bring to mind passion and true love. Most people will say red roses express love, romance, beauty, and courage. However, when you cross-reference, red is also the color of our base chakra, the one responsible for our primal needs. In astronomy, it is related to the planet Mars and indicates action, impulse. So, my conclusion is that red roses would be most accurate to express PASSION. Reason why you see red roses in tango and flamenco.


Happiness, Elegance, Romance, Grace, Admiration, Sweetness, Appreciation, Gratitude and Thank You

Pink Rose Art

The color significance of roses may vary but you have to agree that pink and rose is almost like a euphemism. And for that reason, pink will always be the most used color for a rose.

Ranging from a subtle hint of color to deep and bright, each pink rose has its own meaning and implication. The palest pink roses are sweet color variations, a sign of gentleness, joy and grace. The light to medium pink roses can show sympathy or admiration. They’re often seen in bridal arrangements, thank you or congratulations bouquets.

Pink is the color of the heart chakra. You get the picture now, right?


Mystical Love, Enchantment, Love At First Sight

Probably the most mystical and fairy-tale perfect color of rose is lavender. Giving a lavender rose is an enchanting way to tell someone you love them, as in Cinderella and Prince Charming. The color definition of roses, for lavender, means Majestic, Enchantment and if the rose has zero thorns it represents love at first sight.


Power, Wisdom, Luxury, Elegance, Magic, Ambition, Sophistication and Majesty.

The color meaning in roses varies when there are several shades of one color. The lighter shades of purple roses are associated with love at first sight as well as true love. The darker shades mean more of long-term love and romance. The deep purple represents lasting love and can be seen as a 25th wedding anniversary gift.

Purple is a royal color and also often associated with Magic, so sending purple roses means you find her mysterious and majestic.


Blue Roses are not a natural flower. The real blue roses that exist are actually variations of purple or lavender, which look blue in certain light.


Purity, Secrecy, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality, Reverence, Worthiness, New Beginnings

White roses are traditionally used in weddings because they symbolize purity and innocence. Brides traditionally wear white and the Pope wears white on holy days. That says a lot, right?

The white rose comes in many different shades and nuances, from almost pure white to shades of ivory, making the perfect choice for bridal bouquets, corsages, and dramatic arrangements. You may use a cream color of the roses meaning charm and thoughtfulness.


Life, Health and Wellness.

Green Rose Art

Green is the color of the Archangel Raphael, responsible for cure. Green is a healing color, therefore often used in hospitals. Green is the color of our forests and one can say it is the color of life itself. The green rose is associated with the rejuvenation of spirit and is, therefore, a messenger of wellness and cheerfulness.


Friendship, Caring, Joy and Welcome or Welcome Back

Yellow Rose Art

If you understand anything about color therapy, you know yellow is the happiest of colors! In the same way, when someone offers yellow roses, they are being cheerful and joyful. Yellow roses are associated with warm feelings. When you give yellow roses, you are telling someone the joy they bring you and the friendship you share, you want to see them succeed in their journey. It is also the color of roses meaning for sorry.


Desire, Energy, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Pride

Orange roses indicate enthusiasm, desire, and excitement. Giving orange roses can symbolize your passionate romance and share your excitement about the relationship with your loved one.

The color orange is a cross between red and yellow. Just as the red rose means passion and the yellow rose means friendship, orange roses often mean a crossover between these two emotions.


Desire, Enthusiasm, Happiness

Coral is a softer variation of orange and brings the same meaning, with a little more subtlety on the intensity. The coral rose still speaks of desire but also of happiness and would be a perfect “thank you” gift, or a great way to remind someone that you still desire him or her.


A slightly pinker shade of orange, the meaning behind salmon-colored roses evoke the same message as orange roses.


Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty

Peach roses are often sent to show your deep appreciation, sympathy, and gratitude, rather than a token of love. It is a good way to say “Thank You” or show how much you miss a dear friend.


Death of a Relationship, Rebirth

Black Rose Art

Though true black roses don’t exist, you can find blooms of the darkest red that can look black. Giving someone black roses can mean the death of a relationship or idea. It may also symbolize rebirth or the beginning of something new, like the Death card in the Tarot deck.

A rare “black” rose is the Turkish Halfeti Rose. It only grows in exceptionally small numbers in the village of Halfeti, Turkey.

Visit my Flowers page if you would like to order prints.

A good reference for extra information: Sensational Color

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I am a Colorist Artist, but what does that mean?

Fer Caggiano Studio

What does colorist mean? There are many ways to classify an artist. But not many people know it can be by the artist’s capability in the use of color. 

If you want to look up the dictionary for the general colorist definition, check out this link: 

However, I am here to explain how that comes to be in the art world.

The first question most people ask an artist is: what kind of art do you do? One can answer by explaining the medium, technique and what style is used. Rarely you hear people classify an artist as a colorist.

We have some amazing colorists in history. Amongst them are Henri MatissePierre Bonnard, and Paul Gaugin. 

So, let’s talk about the history of colorists. For that, we need to go back to the impressionist movement. 

The Impressionists

“Impressionism was a radical art movement that began in the late 1800s, centered primarily around Parisian painters. Impressionists rebelled against classical subject matter and embraced modernity, desiring to create works that reflected the world in which they lived. Uniting them was a focus on how light could define a moment in time, with color providing definition instead of black lines.” -from

This movement gave rise to a new wave of artists, whose main preoccupation was with the way color was used to create paintings. Artists such as Bonnard, Gauguin, and Picasso were interested in the relationship between colors. They produced images that created mood, drama, and intensity by optimizing the effect colors had on each other.

Pierre Bonnard ,1940-1946, Nude in a Bathtub, oil on canvas, 122x150cm, Carnegie Museum of Art
Pierre Bonnard ,1940-1946, Nude in a Bathtub, oil on canvas, 122x150cm, Carnegie Museum of Art

The Expressionism Movement

“The roots of the German Expressionist school lay in the works of Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor, each of whom in the period 1885–1900 evolved a highly personal painting style. These artists used the expressive possibilities of colour and line to explore dramatic and emotion-laden themes, to convey the qualities of fear, horror, and the grotesque, or simply to celebrate nature with hallucinatory intensity. They broke away from the literal representation of nature in order to express more subjective outlooks or states of mind.” -from Encyclopaedia Britannica

When I first started as a student in 2001 at the Art Students League in NYC, I was very interested in The Fauves movement. That really inspired my early works. Their strong use of colors was truly a motivation for how I came to use it in my paintings.

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Rémy, June 1889, oil on canvas, MoMA
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Rémy, June 1889, oil on canvas, MoMA

Vincent Van Gogh has influenced me tremendously. In the book “Letters to Theo”, I was impressed with Van Gogh’s vast understanding of color and how he would see the seasons affecting the atmosphere and therefore, the colors in the landscape. Do read the book! It is an amazing understanding of his creative mind.

The Fauves

In the early 1900s artists used a heightened sense of color to express a strong emotional response to nature. These painters were called “fauves,” or wild beasts. While Fauvism as a style began around 1904 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years, 1905–1908, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were André Derain and Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse once stated that the chief function of color should be to serve expression, helping to express light from the artist’s brain, and not from the physical phenomenon. 

Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908-09
Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908-09

The Color Field Movement

“In the 1940s and ’50s in NYC, NY a style of painting emerged known as “Color Field” painting. This style is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas. In this movement, the color becomes the subject in itself.

The leading pioneers of this movement were Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.

Rothko considered color to be an instrument that served a greater purpose which was to evoke our most basic emotions. Each of Rothko’s works was intended to evoke different meanings depending on the viewer. He achieved resonance through the use of layering colors.” -from the healing power of art

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1950, MoMA
Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1950, MoMA

You can now see that several movements were focused on the use of colors. We can say that colorists looked at the color balance and color contrast in a particular scene and how the color affected not only the image but how it affected the story behind the image. Instead of working with tones light and shade, they began to use color instinctively to produce works which became more abstract in form and which relied on the placement of color, hue, and saturation to impart a fresh angle into image-making. 

For example, Picasso’s blue period in the first few years of the twentieth century. Picasso’s blue period lasted three years (1901-1904), and it is said to have been his way of expressing his depression following the tragic suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. It was a tremendous loss for the artist who changed from his typical gregarious personality to one who sank into a period of despair and recluse. 

The Old Guitarist is his most well-known work from this period is which depicts an old beggar in torn clothing, playing the streets of Barcelona, Spain. Picasso’s “Blue Series” series demonstrates how the color blue could propel the viewer into a state of gloom and melancholy.

Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1903-04, Art Institute of Chicago
Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1903-04, Art Institute of Chicago

Colors are an extremely important tool for artists to express themselves, their beliefs, carry a message and transform viewers intellectually and emotionally. 

Claude Monet said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” The artist repeatedly painted the same subject at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. His paintings are excellent examples of how light affects color on subjects. He reworked them in his studio, as he explored myriad examples of colors and moods.

As an artist, we make use of the color wheel to create an endless variety of moods and expressions. To achieve good results, we must have a solid understanding of analogous and complementary colors.

The colors that are close together on the color wheel are called analogous colors and they can be used to create a sense of calm. 

The colors across from each other are the complementary colors, and when you place them near each other you will make them seem more intense.

color wheel

There is so much knowledge and dedication to understanding colors, however, at the end of the day, I always trust my instincts to create my paintings. You can study forever but the best tool you will ever have is your creativity.

View my article on the meaning of colors in roses.

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May The 20ies Begin!

Fer Caggiano Painting
Dear one,

Thank you so very much for being here during this year. So much has happened and there is a lot more coming for next year.

Highlights of 2019:

The Reforestation Project I am involved with has reached the main goal for the fundraiser. I have been told to be the top contributor to it and my logo has even been placed on the government website in Brazil for a supporter of reserves. Now, my dear friend and manager is looking into making their project larger.
I will continue to be involved and donate part of the funds on my Brazil series to this remarkable project.
Lowcountry Artists Gallery
This month I have completed a full year as a co-owner and Marketing Director at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery.
I am proud to say that I have accomplished a lot for all our artists. 
Mayor Haynie and Fer Caggiano
I was selected AGAIN for the art rotation project at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall. As an immigrant, this means a lot to me. I have also been selected for another project with the Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Committee, but that project is not finished yet so I will share more on this later.
A few other accomplishments worthy to look back:
TEDx White Point Gardens Women
9 Muses Curated Exhibition
My Speech at the City Gallery
ABC Lowcountry Live Feature
Goals for 2020:
Portrait of Gabrielle Forgione
In 2020 my main goal will be to complete the Like a Girl Project.
I now have a writer to work on the bios and some absolutely amazing women already involved.
I am currently looking for sponsors. Shoot me an email if you would like more information on this.
I plan on writing more on my blog. If you never checked it out, please do. My latest article is “I am a Colorist Artist, but what does that mean?
I am loving designing my line of wearable art.
My current top sellers are the Rainbow Row scarves. I already have a few more ideas for a new line so make sure you stay tuned for that.
On one last insider note, I would like to inform that my prices will have to be raised next year so if you want to take advantage of the current prices, order now.

I wish everyone a wonderful 2020!
May it be blessed with love, prosperity, health and good fortune.

I love you.

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Why should we write notecards nowadays?

black rose art notecards

Handwritten notecards are old fashioned and a tradition that is slowly dying, as we embrace technology more each day. It is so easy and way cheaper to shoot a text or email, send an Evite or create a Facebook event. So why should we bother?

Last year I decided to ask for my friends’ addresses, and I sent a simple Christmas card with a personal note. I had friends that literally cried when they got them. They were so touched I took the time to do it. It was a simple gesture that shows someone you truly care about them.

In a world where our social life has become social media, that old fashion personal touch means a lot.

Here are a few other things I recommend doing to nourish your dear ones:

Invite them to meet for a cup of coffee.

Have a real “one-on-one” get together, put your electronics away and give them full attention.

LISTEN when they talk.

Give hugs. It can be so healing!

Be kind. You can always be kind.

Rejoice from other’s accomplishments.

Wish for happiness to all beings.

I love you all!


Christmas Notecards

Charleston Christmas Notecards based on my original watercolor. Prints are also available on my website.

pink rose notecard

This Pink Rose Notecard goes really well on Valentine’s or anytime you wish to share some love.

Pineapple Art Notecard

Pineapple, a simple of Hospitality. A Charleston Classic.

Saint Philips Notecard

Saint Philips Church in Charleston, SC.

Feminist Notecard

Girl Power! Feminist Notecard.

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TEDx White Point Gardens Women



I am so proud to have been select to be the artist in residence at this amazing TEDx event! My art will be the stage backdrop and I will have a table to share my work with you all. Tickets have just gone out for sale and it most likely will get sold out soon. Join me on December 7th! I am thrilled to be part of this.

TEDxWhitePointGardensWomen 2019 is the 1st TEDxWomen event in the Charleston, SC area. We are BOLD & BRILLIANT!

TEDx fans, are YOU ready for the 1st ever TEDxWomen event in Charleston, SC? Our speakers have been selected, are preparing and ready to go!

What does a cognitive neuroscientist, museum executive director, business leader and community activist, physician and NASA-funded neuroscientist, singer-songwriter, children’s anti-bully advocate and educator, high school senior, women’s advocate, a community planner, and a certified financial planner have in common?

They are the BOLD + BRILLIANT women of Charleston, SC. who will bring the thunder and make no excuses!

WE ARE LIMITED TO 100 tickets for this fabulous event! We will sell out.

Get your ticket to see these BOLD + BRILLIANT women give talks on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at The Pearl Theater in West Ashley.


Heather Collins
Heather Holmquest
Irene Rose Yereb
Patrice Witherspoon
Donna Roberts
Nichole Myles
Debra Nelson
Henrietta Woodward
Carson Kosar

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9 Muses Exhibit

It is not every day that an artist like me gets to be curated into a museum show. I don’t go out applying for all that many competitions but I was actually approached by the curator after she saw my instagram account, so I applied.

The show is based on art inspired by the 9 Muses from Mythology and considering I didn’t have time to actually paint for the show, I decided to enter with one of my living muses, part of my Like a Girl Project.

And I got juried in! I am so proud of Janet, my muse, for she is truly an inspiration and I think she is so strong and fit to be showing at a museum! I feel honored to have my art selected for this beautiful show.

I am only sorry I couldn’t make it to the reception due to distance, but they were kind enough to send me photos. They had about 200 people coming through during the 2 hours of the reception, a great turn around.

Also, there is a people’s choice award and you can vote (hopefully for me) here.

The exhibition will run from October 18th to December 1st, 2019. Visit the museum website for more information.

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SAUDADE – September featured show

Fer Caggiano with Cocar Painting

Featured show by Brazilian artist Fer Caggiano
Location: Lowcountry Artists Gallery, 148 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
When: September 1-30, 2019
Reception: September 13th, 5-8pm

10% of profits are being donated to a reforestation project in Brazil

Saudade is a show inspired by the artist’s home country: Brazil. For this show, Fer has decided to share the beauty of Brazil in all its bold colors and vibrant energy. The art will be displayed the entire month of September at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery.

The word “saudade” is a unique Portuguese word with no direct translation in any other language. In Portuguese, it’s translated as the feeling of missing or longing for something one is fond of.

The reception was held last Friday, with a week delay due to hurricane Dorian. Enjoy some photos:

Fer Caggiano has been a resident of the Lowcountry for over 2 years, exploring the local scenery as a main source of inspiration.

Contact Fer Caggiano at or 843-743-1436.

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Town Hall Art Program Aug-Dec 2019

Once again I have been selected by the Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission to have my art displayed at the Town Hall.

Fer and Mayor Will Haynie

The reception was held on August 22nd with Mayor Haynie. All artists got to take photos with him and feel like a celebrity for some moments of fame. Being this the 4th time I participate in the program, I can say I feel pretty welcome and it was fun to see Mr. Mayor and be received by a warm hug and a “we know you” joke.

I told them I was going to claim the first-floor wall as a permanent display and after some good laugh Nicole Harvey (the special events manager) said this time I was sent to the third floor instead. After all, it is a rotation of art and artists.

I am truly grateful and honored to have been so well received in my new home town. All these achievements mean SO much to me, as an artist, as a newcomer, as a foreigner.

Bless your heart 😉

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Caipirinha Recipe

To celebrate my upcoming featured show SAUDADE at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery, I am sharing this classic Brazilian Drink recipe.

Saudade Show Poster

A classic caipirinha is made with “cachaça” and if you are to buy one, I recommend getting a good quality bottle. Otherwise, you may use vodka (I actually prefer this version).

The trick to make it a good caipirinha (or caipiroska) is to use a full lime for each glass and lots of ice!

Cut the lime in half, squeeze the juice of one half into the glass. Cut the other half into slices and toss them in. Add ice so you fill at least half of the glass. If you don’t add enough ice, you may want to add a touch of water instead. Add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (I personally prefer less sugar, when you add too much, people end up drinking faster than recommended).

Fill the other half with vodka or cachaça.

Caipirinha Drink Art

Stir and Enjoy!

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Set the vibe to a space by adding Art

Have you ever walked into a room and thought it needed a revamp? Some extra life?

Most likely it crossed your mind that the walls could do with a new color, or perhaps change the furniture? So much work there, isn’t it?

Did it occur to you that adding a piece of Art can change completely how one perceives a space? Let’s play a little with that idea.

We can start with an empty space.

no art on wall

How about we make it more inviting?

Rainbow Row Art on Wall

Or maybe you want it to be relaxing…

Ravenel Bridge Art on Wall

Or even, a bit dramatic?

Storm at Morris Island Art on Wall

How about we make it spicy?

nude couple art on wall

Once you consider a piece of art, the possibilities are endless!

Does this give you some ideas? Reach out if you’d like some suggestions.