The paint colors lemon yellow, yellow ocher, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue combine to make gold. Several combinations of colors make gold, but this combination works well.
The painter should analyze the light and dark areas of the gold object he is trying to paint and attempt to use the colors found in them. He should ignore the fact that the object is metal and instead study the tones and decide what colors are present. Since painting is an interpretation and not necessarily a photographic reproduction, the painter can be creative in determining the colors used. Another combination that makes gold is raw sienna, burnt umber, cadmium yellow and white.