This blog depicts my interpretation of a chosen scent. I write a description and then list the notes and illustrate with a painting or photograph.
Thomas Gainsborough-Portrait of a Lady in Blue
Guerlain- L'Heure Bleue
Heliotrope- powdery, cherry almonds,
good enough to eat,
surround one in a joyful cloud.
Cool tones strike wistful notes.
Imagine the days when scent was so precious,
only the wealthy had this luxury;
the tremendous pleasure it gave
in a gray, dreary world.
L’Heure Bleue was created by Jacques Guerlain
Updated 4th April 2012 at 08:37 PM by kumquat
Guerlain - Shalimar
Undulating woods layered with dense vanilla;
a chorus of amber throbs throughout.
Named for the gardens of Lahore,
we are transported to ancient times of incense,
golden veils and velvet pillows in a palace of beauty.
Exotic flowers grace the bodies of the fair maidens;
luxuriating in the ancient oils and spices of their
Updated 2nd February 2012 at 04:47 PM by kumquat
Bessie Coleman, 1892-1926
One can feel the rush of the props
and the cool air as it picks up the scent of violets.
Clouds scudding by in the azure sky;
weightless, yet filled with the promise of a glorious day.
The wind sings in the struts
as we bank gently over the fields.
Light leather stirs up from the
supple coat and gloves,
while garden flowers
Updated 18th April 2012 at 03:56 PM by kumquat
A soothing burst of lemon
from the sparkling island of Cyprus.
The fragrant cypress trees possess the lemon scent
within their craggy branches.
A swinging hammock;
my face in the cool shade
under the great trees.
Hot sand between my toes,
a fresh dip in the sea
and a picnic lunch with dry red wine.
Updated 17th January 2012 at 03:17 PM by kumquat
George Inness, Home of the Heron, 1893
Serge Lutens-Bois Oriental
Surging, throbbing waves of color
are the feathers in the woods.
These great wings of delight
carry me from tree to tree in a gust of
bronze and gold.
The cedars and the gentle pines,
caress the senses with smoke and
sap, coursing through their limbs.
Boozy, there in the sky, I am rocking
Updated 13th January 2012 at 07:29 PM by kumquat
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