How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.
Vincent Van Gogh
The colour yellow seems to divide opinion. Van Gogh loved it, but another artist, Degas, described it as ‘a horrible thing’. In colour psychology it is regarded as the colour of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.
For this week’s Lens Artists Challenge Patti invites us to choose a colour and present a series of images in that colour, going from a large object to a small. I think we all need a bit of optimism and cheerfulness in our lives right now, so I have chosen yellow. And what can be larger than the sky? The sunset in my featured photo was photographed in Oman, at Jebel Shams (the country’s highest point).
A yellow gallery
Here are my remaining ‘yellow’ images, in descending order of size.
The roof of the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a riot of golden yellow tiles.
The walls of La Merced church in Antigua Guatemala are a more delicate shade of yellow.
The yellow paint on this old house in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is peeling badly.
While someone has tried to patch this peeling paint in Albufeira, Portugal.
Here’s a cheerful yellow Fiat in Arpino, Italy – parked with a view over the plains below and mountains beyond.
This visitor to the Musée de Marrakesh was posing in a beautiful yellow dress.
I came across this upturned yellow planter on Ilha Farol, off the coast of Faro, Portugal.
And this upright one in the Jardins Majorelle, Marrakesh.
This friendly local in Khimsar, Rajasthan, was happy to pose for me in his bright yellow turban.
I have no idea what this sign near Pioneer Square in Seattle is trying to say, but I like it!
Here’s a yellow-striped bee at the heart of a yellow sunflower.
This rose at a rose farm in Bulgaria is larger than the bee, but smaller than the sunflower. Have I put it at the right point in my descending list, I wonder?
The marigolds in these garlands in the market in Jaipur are definitely smaller than the rose – but still larger than the bee!
I found little pieces of golden turmeric root for sale in the same market.
We’ll finish with this finely powdered dye on display in a shop in Fort Kochi, Kerala, as these grains are the smallest yellow things I could find.
I hope my yellow images have filled you with optimism and cheerfulness, rather than making you impatient, critical or even cowardly!
This has been a fun exercise; I may repeat it in the future with a different colour.