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Understanding what yellow and green mean will inform our painting’s message with careful color choices.
Here are some yellows and greens from my garden.
The fern greens are “cooler” (bluer).
While the fig greens are warmer (yellower).
Look carefully at the yellows in the flowers and note the subtle differences. These nuances in the yellow colors tell you why painting form in yellows is a challenge.
The Meanings of Yellow and Green in our Paintings: Meanings of Yellow:
Yellow is the lightest and the brightest (most luminous) hue (color).
The color yellow is
- and fun.
In addition, yellow
- is the color of practical new ideas
- stimulates mental challenge
- promotes analysis
- is methodical and decisive
- helps us focus and remember
- inspires questioning
- and communication.
However, yellow can also be
- impulsive and
- fast moving.
Furthermore, the darker side of yellow suggests
- cowardice, physical illness
- and craziness.
Global Meanings of Yellow
Almost universally, yellow signifies
- happiness and
- is the the sign of caution for traffic worldwide
- and of deities in many religions.
In Japan, yellow means courage.
However, notable for labelling, yellow was worn
- as a sign of treason during the Inquisition
- to label Jews in the Middle Ages
- and during the Nazi prosecution.
Using Yellow in Paintings
Here are some fabulous watercolors using yellow and achieving wonderful form.
Notice how the shadow colors are greens, orange-brown-golds or even purples.
Remember, there are no dark value yellows.
Also that yellow can be used to lighten colors and will maintain warmth and saturation.
It can be challenging to create form in an all yellow object.
Here is a teaching video correcting the “stuck on” painting of a yellow goldfinch. In the video, you will also see the yellow bird become more dimensional.
If your favorite color is yellow, read this for some interesting insight about your personality.
THE MEANINGS OF YELLOW AND GREEN IN OUR PAINTINGS: MEANINGS OF Green:
In addition to being a color, “green” is now a verb.
“Green” also . While threpresents “ecology”.
- spring and
The color green is
- generous and
In addition, green is associated with
- good listening
- harmony and balance
- good judgement
- a love of nature,
- family and
- good hosts and
Global meanings of Green
Green is universally associated with
- ecology and
In addition, in China, green means infidelity.
However, in Israel green can mean bad news.
Using Greens in Paintings
For example, here are some beautiful watercolors featuring greens.
There are more shades of green than there are shades of any other color.
In addition, greens range from yellow-greens to blue-greens.
However, often available tubes greens don’t match greens in nature. For more information, here is a link about watercolor greens including tube and mixing greens.
Because there are many variations in green, read this if green is your favorite color. The many green variations are associated with differences personality traits.
Colors will be continued next week.
See you then.