March – Yellow

Colour ProjectYellow, Part 1

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and intelligence, transfer a yellow spot into the sun” – Pablo Picasso

Sunny, Bright, Happiness, Egg-Yolk, Warning, Caution, Slow, Fun, Freshness, Lemon, Amber, Saffron, Canary, Warmth, Indian Yellow, Sunshine, Daffodils, Yellow Cabs, Sulfur, Cowardice, Yellow Ochre, Warm, Urine, Sun, Golden, Process Yellow, Yellow Jersey, Lemon Curd, Butter, Honey, Intelligence, Buttercup, Custard, Honey, Turmeric, Banana…

Yellow is a bright, happy and warm, but also a colour of warning and danger, in nature especially when with black. It can lift our spirits, it’s the colour of confidence and optimism, but too much of it can cause our self esteem to drop causing fear and anxiety. In Hinduism Yellow is the 3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus, stomach and related organs. Carotenoids are the organic pigments that give colour to egg yolks, autumn leaves and yellow flowers. Some of the yellows in the history of the artists palette are Indian Yellow (mistakenly thought to be from cows urine after they had eaten Mango leaves) Orpiment (arsenic based, brightens the dullest of yellows, although very poisonous), Gamboge Yellow (from a resin, almost fluorescent  when drops of water applied), Chrome Yellow (toxicity of lead).  (Colour by Victoria Finlay and Sensational Colour)

“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun” – Vincent Van Gogh

“What a horrible thing yellow is”  – Edgar Degas

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