2021 Colour Challenge: February: Yellow

HeyJude’s 2021 Colour Challenge considers a different hue each month.

Following on from January’s study of earthy Brown, February’s focus is more effusive – Yellow.

Early blooms… yellow trumpet herald the awakening of a fresh year!

A fine choice for Spring, and this spring particularly.

After the uncertainty of last year, and the cold isolation of winter, we all need hope to look forward positively. Time to embrace a brighter, warmer spring & feel strong as we embrace the year/s ahead.

Yellow is a warm, happy colour of confidence. A popular choice for nurseries & children’s bedrooms, it could be thought of as such a simple colour, but is also one with so many different significances.

Easter smiles have to be yellow

New beginnings

Synonymous with Spring and Easter, yellow evokes feelings of renewal, fresh starts, joy and strength.

Attention grabbing

The brightest colour of the visual spectrum, therefore the easiest for the human eye to notice, in nature and the man made world, yellow draws our attention, and its purpose is often to ‘alert’ us.

The iconic choice in America for their classic School busses and taxis, as well as many road signs.

Richness & health

In nature, bees and butterflies favour yellow flowers (along with blue, purple, violet, white). It’s bright glow draws them to pollen and nectar rich blooms.

Bright yellow is an attention grabbing colour, in the natural and man made environment.

Energising, positive

Some colour therapists recommend the use of yellow to aid cognitive agility and help with practical problem solving, believing that it aligns with the left side of the brain, responsible for analytical thinking, logic and reasoning.

Some believe that yellow healing crystals such as Citrine & Yellow Tiger’s Eye increase energy and offer relief from burnout.

It’s the yellow stamens of this delicate woodland anemone that make it stand out – and attract the insects!

Mellow

In song and poetry, ‘mellow yellow’ epitomises relaxation, whilst fading yellow is often the colour that signifies age. The golden yellow of autumn leaves and soft wrinkles on the yellowing surface of the apple harvest both herald the season’s gentle close.

Yellowing Autumn leaves
Yellow; gentle decline as nature softly ‘yellows’ over time

Enlightenment

In the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, the colour of the Yellow Brick Road marked it out for the uncertain travellers against other possible routes. Chosen on the basis that immigrants hoping to make a new life in the US referred to ‘pavements paved with gold’, the Yellow Brick Road signifies the travellers’ journey of self realisation.

The phrase ‘yellow brick road’ made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, defining a course of action which result in a desired goal.

Horsham ‘Americana’ 2018

Reflective

Elton John borrowed the phrase in his 1978 album & song ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘, which turned out to be one of his greatest hits. The song reflects upon, and challenges the materialistic lifestyle that fame and adulation has brought. It highlights the negative exploitation that can be attracted by such ‘success’. Challenging the surreal, unfulfilled life that valuing and continually chasing material goals can result in, the words of the song suggest that a return to a simpler way of life (‘life on the farm’), may, in fact, be richer and more fulfilling.

Horsham’s ‘Americana’ celebration 2018

Again, in 2018, Elton utilised the phrase when planning what was to be his final tour: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.

Hope

Yellows in our vegetable garden last summer…

… and in the drinks cupboard …

Golden nectar: syrupy yellow Rhubarb Gin; warming, comforting and confidently strong!

Yellow is with us, evoking powerful emotions throughout life’s cycle.

The joys of bright yellow for Spring’s fresh starts, youth and optimism.

More graceful, golden hues evoke the season of Autumn, and the gentle autumn of life.

Shared on HeyJude’s Travel Word blog: Life in Colour:

This post is inspired by HeyJude’s 2021 COLOUR CHALLENGE, introduced by the very talented photographer, Jude, for other bloggers to join in with. See here for more colourful contributions

See January’s Brown post, here

14 thoughts on “2021 Colour Challenge: February: Yellow

  1. Love your yellows, Emma, especially your selfie in that wonderful vintage yellow car. 😄

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane – I will learn a lot about composition from your wonderful portfolio!

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  2. What a fabulous post, Emma! I was just back tracking to see if I’d missed anyone and there you were. 🙂 🙂 Your tomatoes look wonderful, but if I’m honest I stared at the rhubarb gin for longer!

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    1. Thanks so much Jo – both were absolutely delicious. The tomatoes prettier!

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  3. This is such a nice idea what a great uplifting post!

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  4. Wonderful selection Emma –

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  5. Hi Emma — fun arrangement of the yellow tulips!

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    1. Tulips seem to either stand straight as soldiers, or, more usually, just chill & organise themselves in a wonderfully relaxed manner… ‘mellow yellow’!!

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  6. Oh what a fabulous yellow gallery, making something special out of the quotidian.

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    1. Thanks so much Margaret – and Happy Spring to you!

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      1. Spring? Spring? What’s that? Although, to be fair, the shoots are shooting. And to you too!

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  7. A fine celebratory post, reminding me of Susan Hill’s ‘The Magic Apple Tree’ in which she describes spring as ‘the yellow season’.

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    1. Thank you, Derrick – it’s promisingly green and brown here still, but looking forward to yellow soon!

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