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Old 10-01-2008, 02:06 AM
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PLANT PARADE: October '08, a forum Project.

October project; Painting Yellow Flowers

This month I would like to challenge you to paint yellow flowers. Many artists find it hard to paint them, but they are so bright, and happy to look at,that it would be a shame not to paint them. To spice up this month’s project, I would also like to challenge you to express in your painting, what your chosen yellow flower/flowers symbolizes. You can choose any medium and size you like!

Our 'Reveal date' is 25th of the month: please upload your work to this thread on, or after, that date.

Some of the most famous yellow flower paintings are:
Sunflower paintings by Van Gogh
Yellow Chrysanthemums by Monet
Yellow Callas by Georgia O’Keeffe
Garden painting of sunflowers by Gustav Klimt

Yellow colour Symbolism;
Sunlight, joy, happiness, earth, optimism, intelligence, idealism, wealth (gold), summer, hope, air, liberalism, cowardice, illness (quarantine), hazards, dishonesty, avarice, weakness, greed, femininity, gladness, sociability, summer, friendship, Gemini, Taurus, Leo (golden yellow, star signs), April, September, deceit, hazard signs, death (Middle Ages), mourning (Egypt), courage (Japan), God (gold). Yellow ribbons were worn during times of warfare as a sign of hope as women waited for their men to return.
During the Middle Ages, both green and yellow were used to symbolize the devil.

Floral Symbolism:
Buttercup:Childishness
Dandelion:Oracle of Time and Love, Faithfulness, Happiness
Sunflower: Homage and Devotion
Iris:Faith: Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me
Narcissus:Egotism, Formality
Pansy: Thoughtful Recollection
Poppy, yellow: Wealth, Success
Rose, Yellow: Infidelity, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Jealousy, Welcome Back, Remember me
Rose, Yellow & Orange: Passionate thoughts
Sunflower:Homage and Devotion

Mixing yellows:
To be able to create a wide range of yellows you will need a cold yellow like Lemon Yellow, and a warm yellow like Cadmium yellow
To keep you mixed yellow clean you should only mix the cold yellow with other cold colours on the colour wheel.
The warm yellow should only be mixed with other warm colours.
You can make lovely greys for backgrounds, and shadows if you mix yellow with the complementary color purple

Books on color mixing:

Making Color Sing
by Jeanne Dobie
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (April 15, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823029921
ISBN-13: 978-0823029921

Exploring Color: How to Use and Control Color in Your Painting
by Nita Leland
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: North Light Books; Revised edition (September 15, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0891348468
ISBN-13: 978-0891348467









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Re: PLANT PARADE: October '08, a forum Project.

Hi Marianne

Thank you for hosting, ooo lovely references to choose from.

I have threatened to paint this sunflower for more than a year, if I can stop drooling over your photos I may think about painting the sunflower.



Anyone may use this as a reference photo.

I absolutely LOVE that smiley face on your last photo it is hilarious .
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Re: PLANT PARADE: October '08, a forum Project.

Not all the photos are mine.

The Yellow Iris is from Ril by Ibl

The Daffodil
From Ril by Mustcreate

ANGHWAR; You sunflower is stunning go for it!
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Re: PLANT PARADE: October '08, a forum Project.

great refs this month, looking forward to it
anghwar, I recognize your photo, I did it for a CP challenge ages ago
I am sure it will be better in WC
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Sounds like a great challenge this month and can't wait to get started. May we use our own refs or draw/paint from life?
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You can use what ever refrence you like!
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Yellow - definitely a colour I find problematic. I can never seem to get believable shadow hues. I will no doubt give it a try though.
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Yes yellows are difficult!
I think I will start my yellow flower painting by making a yellow color chart.
I use a piece of watercolour paper, and then I divide it into squares with masking tape.
I will make a color chart for all my yellows.
I can upload my color charts later so you can see how I do it.
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Wow Marianne you are tempting me with all the juicy yellows, I may put the sunflower on the backburner again. Or do more than one. I love the lady slipper and that Iris is gorgeous.

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I remember your painting of the sunflower it was gorgeous, I remember thinking How on earth do you get the strong stunning colors to work together. I loved it - now I will have to go look for it to refresh my memory - I remember it was Classical around this time maybe November 07.
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Re: PLANT PARADE: October '08, a forum Project.

I was sure I'd posted here!

I'm also sure I once painted the daisies with the smilie face - though it may just have been another version of those flowers .......... love that smilie face

I have a problem - my painting area is out of commission while we re-decorate! I'll do what I can, with whatever I can muster!!! (Now mustard - that's handy in the kitchen )
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This is my yellows:

Winsor & Newton : Cadium Yellow
Lukas: Nepals yellow
Daniel Smith: Aureolin (cobalt Yellow)
Lukas: Yellow lemmon
Daler-Rowney:Yellow Ochre
Lukas: Light ochre
Daniel Smith: Nickel Azo Yellow
Lukas: Raw sienna
Daniel Smith:Buff Titanium (this is a cream white)
Lukas: Nepals yellow
Lukas: India Yellow
Lukas; Gold ochre
Daniel Smith: New camboge

The color chart shows what happens if i mix Daniel Smith: Aureolin (cobalt Yellow) With:
Daniel Smith:cerulean blue
Daniel Smith: ultra marine
Daniel Smith: cobalt blue
Lukas: indigo
Lukas: mangante blue

As you can see the Aureolin yellow turns into green very quickly, that is one of the reasons yellow flowers are so hard to paint. Yellow is hard to mix so I found that it's better to have many kind of yellows to choose from.
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Oh my, Ranunkel! You have certainly put a lot of work into this month's project! I am amazed at just how involved one can get into the color yellow! You have flown way over my head! LOL But, I am definately in!!

Now to decide on a reference. yummmm!
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Very helpful Ranunkel! Thanks so much.
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Sue: Thanks for posting your Black Eyed Susan!

I forgot to tell that our 'reveal' date for this project is 25th of the month - please don't upload before then! Please upload your work to this thread on the 25th, or as soon after as possible!
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