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Aureate

November 15, 2012

Golden: not a word I associate with the month of November as a rule. Yet in these crepuscular days of the year’s end, there is warm gold to be found inside and out. Fairy lights and autumn leaves brighten the kitchen dresser, where a favourite linoprint perfectly captures the quiet beauty of the season. At teatime the sun sets behind the hills in hazy golden light, suffusing the woods with radiance.

 

‘Wayside Winter’, linoprint by Annie Soudain, published by Artists’ Cards

By the bye, the other meaning of aureate pertains to language, meaning highly ornate and elaborate. While the first definition, golden, describes the season, the second is the one for me to take to heart. In writing as in housekeeping, my love of ornament sabotages my aspirations to simplicity. Q.E.D.

 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. hmunro permalink
    November 15, 2012 9:25 pm

    “… my love of ornament sabotages my aspirations to simplicity.” I’m no expert, but I think you’ve found the perfect balance, DB. What a *wonderful* post!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 16, 2012 7:39 pm

      Bless you, Heather. 🙂

  2. November 15, 2012 9:54 pm

    Speaking personally I love variety, in my surroundings as in language, DB. 🙂 There is a time and a place for simplicity and for ornament and you appear to have found them both.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 16, 2012 7:41 pm

      You are right, of course: almost all of us need variety. That’s why I could never really be minimalist for long!

  3. November 15, 2012 10:48 pm

    Everything has a season – ornate and simplicity are no different. (Though I had to look up crepuscular – it sounded like a disease I would find in an academic paper. LOL!).

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 16, 2012 7:42 pm

      Thanks for really making me laugh out loud! I will never think of ‘crepuscular’ in the same way again!

  4. November 16, 2012 9:37 pm

    Oh I love Annie Soudain’s work! I first came across it in Country Living magazine, and was smitten. Real echoes of Paul Nash and Eric Ravilious mixed with her own style.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 16, 2012 10:43 pm

      Isn’t it beautiful. I didn’t know her work at all and I can’t remember where I found this card, but it was one I bought and then couldn’t bear to give away.

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