Intervals, in art and grammar


The cigar box’s resulting border, its leaf having been painted over at intervals.

My front room floor is glittered with tiny fragments of leaf.

I decided to give the borders a contrasting stripe look (a la Moorish architecture in Spain, for example) as the whole thing was looking entirely too contemporary with the borders all silver.

Ticking off quarter-inch intervals on the edges of a box I silver-leafed; somehow going from right to left seemed to make more sense. Having returned again later to complete the exercise, I can confirm that, for whatever reason, the tedium did seem diminished by going right to left. Perhaps it’s the result of playing French cards exclusively for half a year*.

Was hoping to finish it today, but forgot about the whole oil paints dry really rather slowly thing, so maybe tomorrow.

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On a completely unrelated note, the other day I saw a post online in which a commenter claimed that semicolons were lazy; that there was never a need for them, and users of same should simply throw a period in there and start a new sentence. I disagree utterly with this assessment, as the use for a semicolon is to conjoin two closely related thoughts, whereas a period ends a thought, thereby allowing a new one (related or otherwise) to follow on its heels. This is a subtlety, I realize, and does enter into the grey area of style, but, it’s probably a good thing that anyone who misunderstands the fine-tuning of punctuation refrains from use of semicolons.

* This makes sense if explained: Cards in the US (and, presumably, in the UK) are dealt and played clockwise; in French Tarot (and presumably Spanish and Italian as well) go counter-clockwise.

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