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.
Dandelion:Oracle of Time and Love, Faithfulness, Happiness
Sunflower: Homage and Devotion
Iris:Faith: Wisdom, Valor, Your Friendship means so much to me
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
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)
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)