Jenie Yolland Glass Artist

Yellow

Yellow is a totally fascinating colour, it’s expensive to produce in laser lights, indicates the presence of carotenoids in fruits and leaves and flowers, yellow stars ‘y’ have a particular wavelength and color temperature. Daffodils en-route to Morwell Yellow is the most common colour of flowers and is the most visible to insects who are needed to bring pollen to the flowers.

Spectral coordinates Wavelength 570–590 nm Frequency 525–505 THz About these coordinates     Color coordinates Hex triplet #FFFF00 sRGBB  (r, g, b) (255, 255, 0) CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 0, 100, 0) HSV       (h, s, v) (60°, 100%, 100%) Source HTML/CSS[1] B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte) H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Spectral coordinates
Wavelength 570–590 nm
Frequency 525–505 THz
About these coordinates Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FFFF00
sRGBB (r, g, b) (255, 255, 0)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k) (0, 0, 100, 0)
HSV (h, s, v) (60°, 100%, 100%)
Source HTML/CSS[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

In the spectrum of visible light, and in the traditional colour wheel yellow is located between green and orange.

Colour Wheel

Colour Wheel

Yellow is commonly associated with gold, wealth, sunshine, reason, happiness, optimism and pleasure….really?

I get that, it’s a happy colour but also its the exact opposite – Wikipedia goes on to say its associated with “cowardice, envy, jealousy and betrayal”….so why is jealousy green not yellow?

YellowKidInterestingly,  “yellow journalism” or the “yellow press”  is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell newspapers.       Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism:  here is a picture of “The Yellow Kid” 1895 which was one of the first comic strip characters who gave his name to this type of sensational reporting.  (I’m so pleased that this type of journalism is nowhere to be seen in 2014!)

RGB_illuminationYellow is the colour the human eye sees when it looks at light within the wavelengths of 570 and 590 nanometers the wavelength of light between green and orange.

In the fascinating of language of optics, yellow is evoked by light that stimulates both the L and M (long and medium wavelength) cone cells of the retina about equally, with no significant stimulation of the S (short) wavelength of cone cells.

Yellow is one of the three colours of ink, along with magenta and cyan, which can be overlaid in the right combination, along with black, to print any full colour  image.  On a computer display, yellow is created by combining green and red light at the right intensity on a black screen.  this is called the RGB colour model.

The measured light spectrum from yellow pixels on a typical computer display is complex, and very unlike the reflectance spectrum of a yellow object, for example a lemon.

Valencia market lemons

Valencia market lemons

The word “yellow” comes from the OLD ENGLSIH “ geolu, geolwe, meaning “yellow, yellowish, which in itself derived from the ProtoGermanic word gelwaz.

In Indo-European base its almost the same ghel meaning bright and gleaming and to cry out!  How interesting is that?  Yellow is a colour which does indeed cry out for attention.

You can’t use too much of it or it overwhelmes you.  That’s what I think anyway.

Malian Woman Photograph by Michael S. Lewis A woman in Diafarabe, Mali, holds her brilliant yellow scarf against a blue African sky. Her landlocked country is a desert land that was once a hub for ancient Saharan caravan routes.

Malian Woman
Photograph by Michael S. Lewis
A woman in Diafarabe, Mali, holds her brilliant yellow scarf against a blue African sky. Her landlocked country is a desert land that was once a hub for ancient Saharan caravan routes.

Yellow in the form of yellow ochre pigment made from clay was one of the first colours used in prehistoric cave art.  The cave of Lascaux has an image of a horse coloured with yellow estimated to be 17,300 years old.

Lascaux Horse

Lascaux Horse

Yellow in the form of yellow ochre pigment made from clay was used in this cave picture.

In Ancient Egypt, yellow was associated with gold, lwhich was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructibe.  The skin and bones of the gods were believed to be made of gold.  The Egyptians used yellow extensively in their tomb paintings; they usually used either yellow ochre or the brilliant orpiment, though it was made of arsenic and was highly toxic.  A small paintobx with orpiment pigment was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

The ancient Romas used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and also in skin tones.  It is found frequently in the murals of Pompeii.

Nakht Tomb paintings

Nakht Tomb paintings

So now its 2014 and I’m enjoying playing with my lemon yellow art glass and have made a very simple and (I think) elegant design.

Elizabeth by Jenie Yolland

Elizabeth by Jenie Yolland

I have called it Elizabeth as that is the name of my late mother and she absolutely adored everything that was yellow, and lemon yellow in particular, she had yellow linen, pyjamas, tablecloths, she loved daffodils and everything yellow – hence this small glass art piece is named in her honor.

I hope you like it.

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