Fifty Shades of Yellow

Purple is my favorite color, and it always has been.  But I love yellow for its cheerfulness.

It’s my daughter Bea’s favorite color.

And she wears it well, don’t you think?

She isn’t the only one.

Whether yellow comes as a tasteful accent…

…a warm background…

…a pleasing bit of contrast…

…or a big splash of color…

…Ma Nature wears it well too.

…and so do her children.

We’ve borrowed this sunny hue from nature to brighten our homes on the outside…

…and on the inside too.

It shines a cheerful light through the darkness…

…and lifts our spirits.

It warms us from the inside out.

Yellow comes in many eye-catching colors and goes by many names…goldenrod, schoolbus, taxicab yellow…

Maize, saffron, lemon…mmm, yellow never smelled so good.

 Yellow means different things to different people.  Does this signal mean approach slowly?  Or go very very fast?

It might depend on whether you’re coming…


…or going.

Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?

Never mind.   That’s neither here nor there.

Want to dance?

All images and words copyright 2014 Naomi Baltuck

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    1. HI Elizabeth,
      Isn’t it interesting how kids are so drawn to a color? My son loved orange and, like your little girl, Bea preferred “‘ellow.”
      Thanks so much for the visit. Just curious–what’s your favorite color?

    1. Remember when it was nearly impossible to find anything in purple? It was just not a mainstream fashion choice. I can’t wear yellow, but I have an appreciation for its warm and brightness and cheerfulness.
      Thanks for the visit, Jo.

  1. Yellow and purple are complementary colors, technically, are they not? I always said purple was my favorite color, and my bedroom was always painted yellow. I need the warmth and light for my mood. What wouldn’t I give to see a dandelion right now?!

    1. Hi Scilla,
      It might be no coincidence that I moved into a house with purple fixtures and aqua tile in the front bathroom! I painted the walls and cupboards in there magenta, violet, and aqua, just for fun. But the kitchen is two shades of yellow, the walls of my bedroom are sage (and the accents are purple), and my living room is an orangey sienna. I guess I just love color.

    1. I can’t wear it, because it makes my skin look jaundiced, but I love it on my walls, in my garden, and in a sunset!
      Thanks so much for weighing in on this, Naomi–I didn’t realize how many people out there love yellow!

  2. Wonderful photographs Naomi. And your daughter is just so lovely!
    Yellow is, and always has been, my favourite colour, and when we had a home I painted the living room walls in a faux Tuscan yellow finish. I spent weeks experimenting with colours and textures and finally got it just right. It was such a warm room.

    1. Thank you, Alison! Thank you so much for your generous response. I can’t wear yellow, but Bea can even pull off looking good in a banana suit!
      Your home sounds like it was really beautiful. For warmth and richness, yellow wins.

  3. My spirits uplifted and I’m feeling cheerful and warm after reading your excellent post this morning,Naomi. Need a scratch and sniff for the spices you mentioned- mmmm. Loved the rhythm of the line of cabs. Nice!

  4. My favorite color is purple as well but I still love yellow because no matter where I see it, how little or a lot, yellow always, always makes me smile before I even know I am.
    I have a 36″ square canvas with a huge yellow rose. Each time I look at it, I smile and am pulled into its centre.
    This is a wonderful post, Naomi. You have a wonder flair for words and photos sustaining each other. Thanks for giving me my morning smile. Have an awesome weekend.

    1. Thank you, Tess, for your encouragement. I love your image of the huge yellow rose. I’ve always preferred them to red ones, don’t know why, with just a blush of pink at the edges.

  5. Sweet and fanciful. Love the “dancers.” We are just painting our living room a deeper shade of yellow for the warmth and glow. We also recently painted our tiny bathroom a brighter yellow for its uplifting cheer. And don’t I plant marigolds in my yard every year, wherever I am? I never considered yellow a favorite color but there you are. It is what it is!

    1. Hi Lee,
      Nice! That should warm things up a bit, and from what I hear, you could use it up there in the frozen northlands! You are building yourselves a warm cozy nest! Do you think we like it because we grew up in a house with a yellow kitchen? I kind of remember you used to favor orange. Do you still?

  6. That is just what I needed this morning lovely shades of Yellow to brighten the day ahead. My world is Blue and White 🙂

    1. Dear Eunice,
      Thanks for the lovely ray of sunshine this morning. Believe it or not, I woke up to a world of blue and white too! Our yard is covered in snow! It won’t last, and will be gone by tomorrow, but I can see how a person would need a good dose of yellow to stay warm!

      1. I hear you! My sister lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and says there was a week of high temperatures below zero! I don’t think I could stand that.

      2. Went out today for some walking on ice and it still amazes me each year they pull their trucks and bob house out and they loose a few each year today planes were landing and taking off on the lake during the huge fishing derby 🙂 brrrr Photos soon 🙂 I remember trucking up where your sister is and into Fargo and northern MN -70F without windchill could not shut off the rigs or they would never start till spring lol I live in a balmy area 🙂

  7. I love yellow, but yellow doesn’t love me, at least as a color to wear. 😦 I have to enjoy it other places. Love the sunflowers. There’s nothing more cheerful than a field full of their beautiful faces. As for the yellow traffic signal, you’re exactly right–it means two disparate things!


    1. Hi Janet,
      I hear you! If I wear yellow I look jaundiced, but my kitchen looks warm and even the yellow walls look happy!
      Thanks so much for the visit, and for taking the time to share your thoughts. It’s always good to hear from you.

  8. Purple is my favorite too but who doesn’t love the cheerful color yellow? These pics warmed me up! And I can use some warming as I sit under a blanket and look out the window to yards covered in a few feet of frozen snow 🙂

    1. Thanks for adding your voice to the conversation, Arlene. I always love to hear what is a person’s favorite color. I can’t believe it, but even in Seattle we have snow today! I doubt it will last, but I love your idea about a warm blanket and a window view. I’m enjoying the view wrapped up in my big purple fuzzy bathrobe!

    1. That would be a lovely bright and welcoming room to walk into! I am looking forward to spring. We are almost there! Thanks so much for the visit, and for adding to the conversation!

    1. Thank you, Carol. I am picturing you in your newly arranged living room, maybe with a bowl of popcorn on your lap, wrapped up in a warm blanket, probably with one of the girls snuggled up against you, and watching the winter Olympics!

  9. Thanks for brighten my day up ….. I love yellow it’s like having the sun down on our earth … but I can’t wear yellow expect mustard yellow – it is the most happy color of them all. A fantastic gallery, Naomi. The sunflowers are one of the picks … and the other is the umbrella. A warm big smile is now on my face, thanks a million.

    1. Dear Viveka,
      Thank you for putting a smile on my face! I’m so glad you like the umbrella–I wasn’t sure I should include it, and now I’m very glad I did! Wishing you lots of sunshine!

    1. HI Sylvia
      I love that photo too. We took that at the botanical gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bea looks like a little garden fairy! We were so taken by the beauty of that profusion of Black-eyed Susans that we came home and planted them in our yard.
      Thank you for the visit, and for sharing your thoughts.

  10. What an inspirational post. Wonderful photos too.And yes, famille Baltuck look like a cheery, happy lot. Could it be from all that sunshine yellow?;-)

    1. I love yellow and purple together. (For some reason it makes me thing of chocolate eggs). Thanks so much for the visit, Mary. I hope you are staying warm. We had SNOW in SEATTLE last night!!

    1. Hello, my dear Dorota!
      Thank you for your beautiful comment–so good to hear from you!
      How are you weathering this winter weather? I bet the twins are out building snowpeople in your yard at this very minute!
      I hope to see you soon!

  11. Thank you, Naomi, for all that cheering yellow to brighten grey old February! I’ve only ever once fallen in love with a car — a yellow Mercedes with black smoked glass windows, black leather seats, and walnut dashboard. Mister wouldn’t allow me to have it (even though it was second hand) and made me have something sensible. A bright red jaguar that I hated and couldn’t park. Sensible, my foot 😀 He just fancied it himself and knew I wouldn’t want to drive it. One day, I will have a yellow car, as it is the best colour for transport. That being said, my favourite colours to wear are purple, red, and deep pink.

    1. Oh, Sarah,
      I wish I could get you that car! True love is something you need to go with when it strikes you. I think the yellow would complement your purples and reds.
      Thanks so much for sharing a real live love story today. Just think, Sarah, we are halfway through February, which means springtime is just around the next bend!

    1. Hi! Bea and I were in Hawaii, and we found the banana suit at a local thrift store. Why would anyone want to give it away? Thanks for sharing your comment. It’s good to meet you!

    1. Hi Kate,
      That would be a pretty sight to wake up to. I wear a lot of purple, and I think it is my favorite color, but every color has its place in the world, both expected and unexpected (likethe ocean that somehow took on an aqua and lavender color in Mexico). When I recognize how perfect it is, for that moment it could almost be my favorite color, from the oranges and reds in a sunset to the perfect green of new spring buds to the surprising blue of Paul Newman’s eyes!

  12. It is such a cheerful color. My first bedroom had yellow walls and for years it was my favorite color. Now it’s purple 😉 But I still think it’s happy and perky.

    1. It’s funny how many people have both yellow and purple as their favorite and second favorite, though they are opposite one another on the color wheel. Nice complements to each other.
      I was always purple everything, but now my bedroom is purple and green, and my living room is Sienna, to go with the stone fireplace, but I love the warmth of it. I guess tastes change too as we age.
      Thanks so much for the visit.

    1. Me too! Today we had the first sunny day in forever. I’m okay when we have gray days, especially if it’s not raining. But when the sun comes out, it really is cheering.
      Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Dear Shimon,
      Thanks for stopping by. I always love to hear from you. Your comment was really interesting to me–I have never thought of a color as too powerful, but I can see how that would be. For me that color would be really bright pinks.

    1. Thanks so much! The amazing thing about the butterflies was that every minute or two, they would all rise up and flutter about looking like a Disney cartoon, before settling back in as a group. Sometimes there would be several kind of butterflies all together. They gather to eat the mud on the banks of the Amazon to get the minerals they need.

  13. Wow. I love the butterflies. I could hardly believe my eyes. My own favorite color is purple and I love yellow. Wonderful photos, Naomi. Hey, link your blog on your Gravatar page along with your website. I always have to Google your name to get here. This time, I checked out your website. And, I absolutely love the picture of you on the second page. The order page, I think. I like the first page one too. 🙂

    1. Hi George,
      I will try and figure out how to do that. Sorry you are having trouble getting here. Thanks so much for checking out the website!
      I was just telling Cyardin that the amazing thing about the butterflies was that every minute or two, they would all rise up and flutter about looking like a Disney cartoon, before settling back in as a group. Sometimes there would be several kind of butterflies all together. They gather to eat the mud on the banks of the Amazon to get the minerals they need.

  14. Dear George,
    Thank you so much. My kids are my joy. Hey, how is the Boy doing? I bet he’s growing up fast, as kids do these days. (SO much faster than I ever did!)
    It’s great to hear from you, and I appreciate your visit. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  15. Isn’t it incredible how many shades of yellow there are?
    I am a big fan of purple, too. The highest color of the chakra.
    It balances me.
    After this post, I will look at yellow in a very different way.
    You’ve posted a very nice selection of yellows.

    1. Thank you, Issy. I had to stop once and decide about orange and yellow. I can’t wear them, but it made me realize that, although I can’t wear them and wouldn’t hang them as curtains, I would be very sad without them. Every color of the rainbow is my favorite color when it’s in its proper setting–the sky, the trees, the sunset, the garden…

    1. HI Subhein,
      Thank you! Bea is a very sweet funny kid. She is doing very well at school–history and creative writing are her interests. So good to hear from you!

  16. If there’s no green showing up yet, yellow will certainly do. My mom always painted her kitchen a sunny yellow. I always enjoy your posts, Naomi.

    1. HI Patti,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. We grew up in a house with a yellow kitchen too, which I find very cheerful. And it looks like green is on its way. Happy springtime!

  17. I absolutely love the photo of the field of sunflowers….do you sell your images?…it’s calling to me…

    And I love how you craft a story with your photos – it makes me want to just play with photos all day. Thank you for prompting playfulness!

    🙂 Terri

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