Having found lists of obscure/obsolete color names and rounded out the alphabet with a few simply-charming-to-me colors, each day, I’ll introduce a color and a swatch I’ve painted and then write about whatever comes to mind as I muse about the day’s color. Fair warning, my mind is a non-linear traveler, so who knows where my contemplations will take us.
A is for… aurulent – gold; gold in color
I wake almost every morning to a vision in gold – I have a large framed print of Gustav Kilmt’s The Kiss in my bedroom. So my musings about aurulent begin there.
I have a hard time imagining anyone not liking Klimt’s art, and The Kiss was the final painting of his Golden Period. I suspect he was quite a fascinating man as well. Photographs and portraits of him certainly capture someone who looks intriguing, and apparently, the more famous he became, the shyer and more reclusive.
I also have the fabulous Golden Tarot of Klimt. It’s a gorgeous deck with lots of gold foil decorating it. Bulgarian artist A. Atanassov is credited with the artwork. He was inspired by Klimt’s work, and many of the cards are close copies of Klimt’s originals while others are similar in tone but don’t correspond directly. It’s truly a lovely luxe deck and, I think, a fitting tribute to Klimt.
I’ve never worked with gold leaf, but I’m suddenly really called to experiment with it. I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm because I have a suspicion I’m going to become obsessed with it.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about kintsugi – which means golden joinery. It’s the art of mending broken things, mostly pottery, with lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object rather than something to disguise.
I find this such a beautiful way to think. One of the things I’m doing this year is making a study of the words and teachings of Hafiz. And when I came across this line, it really sparked something in me: “Look, we have a chance to paint each other gold.” It’s something that keeps coming back to me and speaking to me on all sorts of levels. With respect to kintsugi, I think of it as a reminder of how compassion can help heal wounds.
I have one more aurulent thing to show you. What do you think of this golden jeweled heart? It made its way to me in all its sparkly goodness many years ago, I had it for a while before I realized it actually opens. I like to keep a little secret message and tiny treasure in there. Never let it be said that I don’t have a heart of gold.
What about you? What aurulent treasures light up your world? Holding any secrets in your heart? Feel like you’re having a golden start to April? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.