Extract of Autumn

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It starts with blue. Autumn skies are different from the skies of summer or spring. This is the first ingredient. Then, copper, rust, terracotta, amber and gold, streaked with green – the green of glass bottles, the turquoise of the shallow sea, and the deep blue green of the ocean.

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I start to see these colours when I close my eyes and sometimes dream of them. They feel like perfume, or wine, or freshly ground coffee, or chocolate; I swear I’m absorbing them just by gazing at them. I’m drinking them in.

It’s not enough just to think of them, so I get out my palette and let two colours loose on the page. Phthalo Turquoise and Burnt Sienna spread themselves in brilliant glory and then collide, a confluence of energy swirling and merging, creating currents of soft new colours without names. I’ve stopped thinking; I think I’ve forgotten how to speak. I’m lost in colour.

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What does colour mean to you?

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2 thoughts on “Extract of Autumn

  1. You write as beautifully as you paint: “I get out my palette and let two colours loose on the page. Phthalo Turquoise and Burnt Sienna spread themselves in brilliant glory and then collide, a confluence of energy swirling and merging, creating currents of soft new colours without names.” When I read this and looked at your colors on the page, I felt as if there was a poem in there somewhere. I’ll wait quietly on the side waiting for it to emerge. Keep painting, my friend, keeping observing in your eloquent way.

    1. What a lovely thing to say! Such kind words – and I’m so happy that this struck a chord. And if it could be that a poem might emerge out of this – oh! that would be more exciting than watching the paint (and I know you’ll appreciate what I mean). Please do let me know if something happens. …..

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