ultramarine focus in Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earring art crop via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Ultramarine

Ultramarine is a vivid intense shade of blue. Ultramarine is often described as a color that is beyond the sea deep blue. Thanks to it's vibrant, rich color ultramarine was highly sought after and used to add luscious detail to works of art. As a pigment, ultramarine was first made by powdering the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazul… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ultramarine

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Delightfully Seeking Me

I'm certain that by now many of my more regular visitors have noticed a rather lengthy absence on my part, one that started out with a stilted trickling of posts and then radio silence. This has been both intentional and unintentional. I've been feeling boxed in and bored with how and what I've been posting… Continue reading Delightfully Seeking Me

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Word Nerd: Nemorivagant

Nemorivagant combines the terms nemoral (of a wood or grove) and vagant (a wanderer who has no established residence) into one utterly divine word that means wandering through a forest. Nemorivagant is one of many words that stem off of the nemorous (wooded) word - a few others include nemophilist (one who loves the woods)… Continue reading Word Nerd: Nemorivagant

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Word Nerd: Croquis

A croquis is a quick sketch, usually of a live model or of the human form. Since croquis is a French term for a basic figure template, it's a very familiar word in the fashion design industry. Croquis is actually new word to me, though not a new concept since I've been familiar with quick sketching… Continue reading Word Nerd: Croquis

Irenic Eirene Goddess of Peace jacques dumont peace 1749 via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Irenic

Irenic describes something that is peaceful or creates peace and it is a most fitting word this week since we could all use something irenic. Irenic derives from from the Greek word eirēnē, which means peace (by no coincidence, Eirene is also the Greek goddess of peace). While the worship of the gods and goddesses… Continue reading Word Nerd: Irenic

Boketto lass by Charles Amable Lenoir - LaBergere crop via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Boketto

Boketto is a thoroughly gorgeous Japanese word that has no exact or decent English translation. Boketto is the act of gazing out into the distance with no thoughts, losing yourself in the vast, almost unseeing horizon. Boketto is a term that my soul readily recognized and felt an instant kinship with. That mindless, distant, far-seeing… Continue reading Word Nerd: Boketto