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sun day

april twenty-fifth, 2010


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The story begins at sunrise, which gives us a gorgeous natural splitcomplementary relationship: yellow/ blue-violet/red-violet.

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This book is a daily exploration of yellow light at different times of the day, and especially a record of it’s relationship with different colors, surfaces and objects.

the feeling of yellow from sunrise to sunset

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We may not see the full range of color in our surroundings because we are immersed in it at all times, and yellow is the color that we take for granted most of all. It could be because of it’s tendency towards transparency, or the fact that sunlight itself is yellow.


early morning light Yellow is a powerful color - just a drop will brighten up any hue. Since yellow and violet are the most contrasting of all complementaries, they require 3:1 proportion for a harmonious color scheme. In this photo the color proportion is around 3:1 violet to light yellow. Also included is a light neutral, which is created from combining tints of the complementary set.


sunlight pattern I developed a pattern using triangles and hexagons to represent the feeling of sunlight reflecting off of glass. Adding the warm analagous color scheme gives the pattern a distinct sunlight feeling. For my pattern application, I envision a bright space with floor to ceiling windows, such as a playroom for children. The transparent pattern is painted on or adheres to the windows in a way so that maximum light can shine through.


sun goddess The main yellow hue I’ve chosen for my study is a warm yellow - the color of spectacular sunlight at mid-day. Color Model formulas for Sun Goddess: Color-Aid - Yellow-Hue, equal in value to Gray 5 PMS 123C R255/G200/B46 C0/M22/Y91/K0 #ffc82e


extended warm analagous Yellow blazes through the wine glass and gives us a bright reflection of sunlight from the windows. R

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cool analagous Nature is full of this cool analagous color scheme: Yellow/Yellow-Green/Green R

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triad

In this Paul Klee painting, the artist uses a harmonious triad color scheme. Yellow dominates the composition, with red and blue as powerful accent colors.

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neutrals An interesting color harmony arises when two complementaries are mixed. In this example, yellow brightens up the violet hue to create a warm, earthy, rich chocolate.

These hand-crafted pottery pieces from Atelier NL are sourced from different farms in the Netherlands. The various pottery colors are all found in the natural soils in different parts of the region: There is yellow earth in Brunssum, a smooth and shiny dark brown in Woerden, and a rough terra cotta in Gilze-Rijen.


O LITTLE PRINCE! Gradually, this was how I came to understand your sad little life. For a long time your only entertainment was the pleasure of sunsets. I learned this new detail on the morning of the fourth day, when you told me: “I really like sunsets. Let’s go look at one now...”

“But we have to wait.” “What for?” “For the sun to set...”

In this illustration by Antoine de

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Saint Exupery there is mainly a split complementary relationship: red-violet/yellow/green.

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...At first you seemed quite surprised, and then you laughed at yourself. And you said to me, “I think I’m still at home!”

Indeed. When it’s noon in the United States, the sun, as everyone knows, is setting over France. If you could fly to France in one minute, you could watch the sunset. Unfortunately France is much too far...


...But on your tiny planet, all you had to do was move your chair a few feet. And you would watch the twilight whenever you wanted to. “One day I saw the sun set forty-four times!” And a little later you added,

“You know, when you’re feeling very sad, sunsets are wonderful.” R

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Our day comes to an end with a brilliant sunset of warm analagous colors: yellow/yellow-orange/orange.


Sun Day