Description: Bright lemon-rind yellow, very slight green undertones. The intense color resembles weld (Reseda luteola), a bright yellow dye.
Composition: Yellow rutile, goethite on a mineral base.
Use: Substitute for toxic yellow Renaissance pigments such as orpiment (arsenic sulfide), massicot, or gamboge (a toxic plant)
History: Modern. Rutile is the strongest and most permanent white pigment known. Yellow goethite, a natural mineral was used by artists in the Lascaux cave.
Current Source: Belgium
Stability: Mixes well with most pigments and mediums
Staining/Lifting: Lifts well
Coverage/Tinting Strength: Good
Price: 5 gm Canary Yellow: $0.75
Notes: Canary yellow, cerulean blue, and vermilion red are a good triad of primary colors. Good for mixing bright greens with a bit of blue, muted greens with a bit of brown, and oranges with a bit of red.
Medieval squirrel on his little yellow house in a rather busy garden.