The poetry of colour
It's a beautiful time of year to go out and explore. September into October: leaves turning (and falling), gourds and squashes, apples, blackberries, woodsmoke.
It's also a perfect time to consider colour. Looking at this list you realise colour has a poetry all of it's own.
Obscure colour words
albicant: whitish; becoming white
amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colour
azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
celadon: pale green; pale green glazed pottery
cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
chartreuse: yellow-green colour
cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour
citrine: dark greenish-yellow
eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-coloured
erythraean: reddish colour
flavescent: yellowish or turning yellow
greige: of a grey-beige colour
haematic: blood coloured
heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
isabelline: greyish yellow
jacinthe: orange colour
kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
lovat: grey-green; blue-green
madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
mauve: light bluish purple
mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colour
russet: reddish brown
This particular list appears in various guises all over Tumblr. It's interesting to look at and to identify the hues you think best describe what you see. So much more inspiring than plain old 'green', 'orange', 'cream' or 'purple'...
I've made a 'colour' board on Pinterest and it's immediately apparent which colours I'm drawn to: sea and acid greens, heather purples, turquoise. It's a good exercise if you're planning a new knitting project or maybe considering re-painting your front door...
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Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.
She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.
She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.
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