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Facts you never knew about yellow, and how it can motivate you!

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Why did the artist Vincent Van Gogh use so much yellow in his paintings?

There are a number of theories as to why yellow was a predominant colour in Van Gogh's paintings, some suggest his state of mind and the drugs he was put on, but the theory I am most drawn to is the fact that he travelled to France and lived there in the last years of his life. He so enjoyed the long hours of sunshine and beautiful golden countryside. This struck a chord in his heart and he painted with enthusiasm and feeling, and because yellow is such an upbeat and bright colour it brought happiness to his days.


Facts you never knew about yellow and how it can truly motivate you, as it must have motivated Van Gogh:

Yellow is the closest colour to light, it is the brightest colour of the visible spectrum, and it is the most noticeable of all colours by the human eye. 
It means happiness and optimism; it is the colour of the shining sun and associated creativity.
It is the color of high energy, enthusiasm, hope, fun, and cheerfulness.
Yellow can quickly grab your attention, so it is often used in advertising.
Color psychology suggests that yellow has an influence on the left side of our brain, where deep thinking and perception dwells.


LET THE COLOUR YELLOW MOTIVATE YOU.

1. In your home:

Although yellow is the color of high energy, enthusiasm, hope, fun, and cheerfulness, yellow can also induce states of anxiety, creating feelings of frustration and anger.

For example apparently to paint an entire room in yellow may prove irritating, bringing heightened tension and frustration. It is in most cases not considered one of the calming colours, and as a general rule people like to dwell in their houses with calming neutral shades. Therefore simple small portions of yellow are best for most humans.

2. In art:

However in art yellow can make a bold and most beautiful statement as Van Gogh's paintings surely illustrate.


He painted from his heart, from his thoughts, his passions and longings, the colours he saw in the sky, in the fields and beyond....​


Quotes from Vincent Van Gogh:

"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun."
"Yellow is capable of charming God."
"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well."
"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream."
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day."

"Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all."​


For me yellow is a wonderful colour in art around the home. My yellow church in a canola field was photographed many years ago with the church photoshopped into the field in a most amateur way, however it is still a most sold image and will always be one of my favourites.


3. In the vastness of nature:

Yellow becomes a spectacle of intense pleasure.

Fields of yellow are brilliant and cause an abandonment of all sense and sensibility.

Such was the case last week when I threw my sunhat heavenwards on the edge of a field to photograph it above the thousands of plants stretching to the horizon.
Unfortunately I underestimated the wind, my hat was whisked far into the field.
Having made a vow last year, to be organically kind to all farmers by not ever walking into their fields without permission. I decided I must break my vow as this was my favourite straw hat. 
Well needless to say in a field with a trillion canola plants towering almost above my head, after 20 minutes of crawling, walking, treading ever so carefully, my hat was gone. 
The enticing yellow flowers became a graveyard holding my flying, dying hat in the depths of their yellow yellowness forever.



4. In the spirit:

Yellow is the colour that is closest to light.

The soft embers of yellow lights were flung into space and the stars and the sun became Light and life to all humanity.

Creation is in the heart of colour beginning with yellow. I bow my head (without a hat I might add) in eternal gratefulness to God, who created a colour which inspires one to dream, to run, to hope, to throw all things to the wind and live your fullest life.

Simplicity in nature totally eye catching.
Van Gogh....To dream, to inspire.
Silos stand surrounded by yellow.
Barossa Valley taken a few years ago.
The rain and fog coming.
The farmer sees the horizon.
The farmer puts yellow and green together in a most graceful manner.
Nature puts the blue of the ocean in place as a gentle background.
Strathalbyn last year on a very cool grey day.
One tree
Emus in the canola.
A crow flies in.
Crow lands and photographer takes at least a thousand photos.
Crow relaxes in the yellow field.
Above the yellow lights.
Bow your head.
Crow flies away, photographer resorts to photographing sun hat.
The flight path of my favourite hat.
Engulfed in a yellow haze.
Same tree but no crow today.
Throw caution to the wind, why not paint what you love and photograph how you like.
Hallway.
A touch of yellow.
Cannot leave the yellow bike out.

Points to note:

When I photograph canola I try and choose a very cloudy day. On a sunny day the sun is so bright that often the flowers in the image become a little over saturated and too bright.

I try and take some photographs with some object or objects in the field to add interest.

I do try and take my images from the other side of the fence, the hat saga was not intentional and I did no damage to any of the canola.

See you next time. W.

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Guest - Graham on Thursday, 03 September 2020 05:07

Hi Wendy,

I’ve been admiring your canola field photos (after searching google and finding your blog) and now that it’s in season I’d love to go out and try for a few myself. I am sincerely hoping the tree with the crow is not a secret location as I was wondering if you could possibly share where one could find that, it’s such a beautiful scene?!
If you’d rather keep it to yourself I completely respect that.

Many thanks and very beautiful images thanks for sharing.

Hi Wendy, I’ve been admiring your canola field photos (after searching google and finding your blog) and now that it’s in season I’d love to go out and try for a few myself. I am sincerely hoping the tree with the crow is not a secret location as I was wondering if you could possibly share where one could find that, it’s such a beautiful scene?! If you’d rather keep it to yourself I completely respect that. Many thanks and very beautiful images thanks for sharing.
Guest - Wendy Philip on Thursday, 03 September 2020 07:36

Hi Graham, no I don’t have any secret locations, ha ha. This field is on the main highway From Adelaide to Minlaton. Near Curramulka. It’s on the left hand side as you go up a small hill. I hope you find it. Good luck.

Hi Graham, no I don’t have any secret locations, ha ha. This field is on the main highway From Adelaide to Minlaton. Near Curramulka. It’s on the left hand side as you go up a small hill. I hope you find it. Good luck.
Guest - Graham on Thursday, 03 September 2020 10:59

Thank you very much that info Wendy! I couldn’t help myself and had to have a quick squizz at google maps - I think I may have located it.

Would I be right in saying it’s about 1km past the turnoff to Curramulka as you’re heading toward Minlaton?
Many thanks.

Thank you very much that info Wendy! I couldn’t help myself and had to have a quick squizz at google maps - I think I may have located it. Would I be right in saying it’s about 1km past the turnoff to Curramulka as you’re heading toward Minlaton? Many thanks.
Guest - Wendy Philip. on Thursday, 03 September 2020 22:23

Yes that would be correct.

Yes that would be correct.
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