A study in yellow


In color psychology, yellow is supposed to be uplifting, illuminating – full of hope, happiness and cheer.


It is said to inspire original thought.


It is a color of the left or logical side of the brain; a practical thinker/creator, not a dreamer.
It does this by creating enthusiasm; awakening confidence and optimism.


“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~ Pablo Picasso


Within the meaning of colors, yellow is the great communicator; it practically demands that you look at it. It is the most visible of colors in the spectrum.


It depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved. It is a color of the head, not the heart.


Yellow can make people anxious and babies cry. A little goes a long way.


I was never much of a fan of yellow. My garden beds were always a study in pinks, blues, purples, greens and the occasional orange. But this garden has changed my mind. Yellow brings spots of energy and light to the garden; it adds warmth and depth at the same time.


“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh


Maybe it is the range of yellows here…from the slightest hint of color…


to the deepest gold.


Or maybe it the fact that it is worn so beautifully by the wonderful creatures here.




Uplifting. Illuminating. Full of hope.

A study in yellow from the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

6 thoughts on “A study in yellow”

  1. The garden is so beautiful! Thank you for all of your hard work. And for your great blog posts. I always enjoy reading and looking at the wonderful pictures!

  2. In the study of chakra energy, yellow is also associated with the third chakra, surrounding the solar plexus region of our bodies, and is believed to be influenced by the energy of our self-worth, personal power, etc: the state of communion we have or lack with our ego, for good or bad…It always interests me to learn more about these understandings of our energy and how the colors flow when it’s believed to be harmonized and balanced.

    I noticed that my summer garden, in late June and early July, is dominated by yellows and, like you, I appreciate the many variances in shade and brilliance…you’ve captured these so beautifully, as always, in your photographs: Thank you!

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