Cobalt into red gold: the alchemy of autumn color.

  • December 9th, 2011

    Start with the three distinct primary colors (red, yellow, blue — right?) fade the seasonal light, wither a few leaves and see what begins to happen…

    ISTANBUL TERSANESi ANCHOR SYMBOL ON FERRY.

    GREEK CHURCH, YENiKÖY.

    The deep blues evaporate skyward, gold undertones emerge.

    KONAK, YENiKÖY.

    Red and yellow creep across stone and wood. The light continues to fade.

    IVY-TWINED TREE, YENiKÖY.

    YENi CAMii, YENiKÖY.

    TURQUOISE TILES, HAYDARPASA ISKELE.

    Despite being cracked and a faded shade of their former glory, I love the tiles above the way they are now. I get inspired thinking how much weathering they’ve experienced, and how impressive they still look. I’d love a vast wall of them. Look how the blue is crumbling off into yellowed plaster. Beautiful.

    INSCRIPTION ABOVE MOSQUE ENTRANCE, KARAKÖY.

    DECADENT CARPET FROM DHOKU (DETAIL).

    The patchwork carpet (above) captures the faded beauty of the autumn light perfectly. There’s warmth there, but as in the last days of autumn it’s a low burn.

2 Comments

  • Betsy Davis 12.09.2011  

    I like this very much, it resounds with my life as well, I suppose. I stumbled upon your site, looking for something via Google on “Cobalt Gold alchemy”, and your site popped up. Nice to then read this passage. Be well my dear.

  • I.A.W.  

    Thank you very much, I hope to hear from you again in the future.

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