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. Yellow is the most common colour of flowers and is the most visible to insects who are needed to bring pollen to the flowers.
In the spectrum of visible light, and in the traditional colour wheel yellow is located between green and orange.
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?
Interestingly, “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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.