I hate the colour Yellow. I never really realised why until recently. My mom had painted my bedroom a lemon yellow when I moved out of home, and it was in this bedroom that I slept when I went home to bury her. Waking up in that happy lemon yellow room when happiness seemed so far away. I asked Katie what colour she thought we should start our colour sessions with and she cheerfully suggested yellow. I am generally a fan of all colours so I’m hoping that this post will help me mend my relationship with this sunshine hue.

So here it goes, yellow is a primary colour. It sits between orange and green on the colour wheel and it is the complimentary colour to violet.

When I read that yellow is the most visible colour on the colour wheel, I actually didn’t believe it at first, because I mean, have you seen how loud red is?

But when looking into it further, it’s true. Yellow is the first colour that can be seen by the human eye from a distance. And that’s why we have yellow traffic cones, yellow school buses, yellow caution vests in times of emergencies. And yes, yellow is indeed the colour of caution!


Psychologically it is a colour of gentleness, calm and happiness, but it is also a colour of duplicity, jealousy, deceit, contradiction and cowardice.

In some parts of the world, like Iran and China, it is said to be the colour of wisdom, harmony and courage.

Thanks to we know that:

  • “The oldest yellow pigment is yellow ochre, which was amongst the first pigments used by humans.


  • Egyptians and the ancient world made wide use of the mineral orpiment for a more brilliant yellow than yellow ochre.
  • In the Middle Ages, Europeans manufactured lead tin yellow. They later imported Indian yellow and rediscovered the method for the production of Naples yellow, which was used by the Egyptians.
  • Modern chemistry led to the creation of many other yellows, including chrome yellow, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, and cobalt yellow.
  • Yellow is light with a wavelength of 570–580 nm, as is light with a suitable mixture of somewhat longer and shorter wavelengths”

Extra points to ponder:


  • The yellow on a color television or computer screen is created in a completely different way; by combining green and red light at the right level of intensity.
  • Indian yellow is a transparent, fluorescent pigment used in oil paintings and watercolors. Originally magnesium euxanthate, it was claimed to have been produced from the urine of Indian cows fed only on mango leaves. It has now been replaced by synthetic Indian yellow hue.

So putting the facts about yellow aside, I have spent this last week looking for yellow in my environment. I saw beautiful yellow desert flowers, bringing gentleness and colour to an otherwise arid earth. I saw my son playing with his little yellow truck in his little yellow shorts. I saw my 4yr old daughter colouring in with a freshly sharpened yellow pencil and I saw the sun gently setting to shades of burnt yellows.

So at the end of this week I say well played yellow.  You have opened my heart to your gracefulness and shown me joy. The colour that now comes to mind when I think of my 3 beautiful children.

Well played.


4 thoughts on “Yellow

  1. This week helped me realize all the places yellow really appears in everyday life – nature, clothes, cars, etc. I found myself spotting it everywhere.
    I love the gold/orange/yellow of the Indian yellow in the link.


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