Color Crush Creative palette 18: Mostly Yellow

The Happiest Color of All!

Yellow - the color that sparks hope, cheerfulness and fun, which is exactly what we need in this world right now. What do you know about yellow? It is the most visible color on the spectrum and the human eye processes it first. More flowers are yellow because it's the easiest for bees and pollinators to spot. In almost every culture it represents sunshine and warmth. And yellow was one of Van Gogh's favorite colors :

The painter Vincent van Gogh was a particular admirer of the color yellow, the color of sunshine. Writing to his sister from the south of France in 1888, he wrote, "Now we are having beautiful warm, windless weather that is very beneficial to me. The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!" In Arles, Van Gogh painted sunflowers inside a small house he rented at 2 Place Lamartine, a house painted with a color that Van Gogh described as "buttery yellow." Van Gogh was one of the first artists to use commercially manufactured paints, rather than paints he made himself. He used the traditional yellow ochre, but also chrome yellow, first made in 1809, and cadmium yellow, first made in 1820. (Color in Art by Steffano Zuffi)

Either you love to paint with yellow or you don't. I love it and I feel like we missed highlighting this color while we worked on our Summer of Color - 8 week Color Theory course this year. (Blog posts HERE) So,this week is your chance to explore yellow in all it's happiest forms. Use it alone or with any other color that sparks your interest, just make yellow your priority when you create this week. Don't forget to use the hashtags #colorcrushcreative and #cccpalette18 for this week's color palette.


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Bonus: Fun Facts About Yellow Paint

  • Yellow ochre, also known as Mars yellow, hydrated ferric oxide, is a naturally occurring pigment found in clays in many parts of the world. It is non-toxic and has been used in painting since prehistoric times.
  • Indian yellow is a transparent 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 It has now been replaced by synthetic Indian yellow hue.
  • Naples Yellow (lead antimonate yellow) is one of the oldest synthetic pigments, derived from the mineral bindheimite and used extensively up to the 20th century. It is toxic and nowadays is replaced in paint by a mixture of modern pigments.
  • Cadmium Yellow (cadmium sulfide, CdS) has been used in artists' paints since the mid-19th century. Because of its toxicity, it may nowadays be replaced by azo pigments.
  • Chrome Yellow (lead chromate) derived from the mineral crocoite, was used by artists in the earlier part of the 19th century, but has been largely replaced by other yellow pigments because of the toxicity of lead.
  • Zinc yellow or zinc chromate is a synthetic pigment made in the 19th century, and used by the painter Georges Seurat in his pointilist paintings. He did not know that it was highly unstable, and would quickly turn brown.
  • Titanium Yellow (nickel antimony titanium yellow rutile) is created by adding small amounts of the oxides of nickel and antimony to titanium dioxide and heating. It is used to produce yellow paints with good white coverage.
  • Gamboge is an orange-brown resin, derived from trees of the genus Garcinia, which becomes yellow when powdered. It was used as a watercolor pigment in the far east from the 8th century – the name "gamboge" is derived from "Cambodia" – and has been used in Europe since the 17th century.
  • Orpiment, also called King's Yellow or Chinese Yellow is arsenic trisulfide and was used as a paint pigment until the 19th century when, because of its high toxicity and reaction with lead-based pigments, it was generally replaced by Cadmium Yellow.
  • Azo dye-based pigment (a brightly colored transparent or semitransparent dye with a white pigment) is used as the colorant in most modern paints requiring either a highly saturated yellow or simplicity of color mixing. The most common is the monoazo arylide yellow family, first marketed as Hansa Yellow. - from Wikipedia


Once again, my very favorite paints in acrylic and watercolor!

Golden Paints, heavy body acrylic, classic theory color mixing, set of 8

  • Great for artists exploring the traditional range of acrylic colors
  • higher pigment load
  • smooth, buttery consistency
  • pure pigments in a 100% acrylic emulsion
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QoR Watercolor by Golden, 5ml tubes, set of 24

  • Vibrant color set that stays brilliant even after they dry
  • More density of color than traditional watercolors
  • Exclusive Aquazol binder used in conservation
  • Greater resistance to cracking and flacking
  • Excellent re-solubility in water and glazing qualities
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My favorite art history book is actually the history of color in art. Such a beautiful book to read!

The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay

And also a couple great informative books on color theory:

Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards

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