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.
Using yellow to 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.