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Alphabe Thursday T is for Turquoise and Turpentine

April 3, 2014

T is for Turpentine and turquoise; I am so disappointed that there is no colour that begins with ‘T’ so I am clutching at straws this week.

None of the books I have relating to colour refer to turquoise.   Is there such a pigment ?

Turquoise is an opaque blue-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium according to Wikipedia. I have  no reason to think that it is ground to a paste and used in painting.

So back to the drawing board. I remember my dad as a boat builder using Turps or Turpentine when varnishing the boats when they were completed. I can remember going to the ships chandler’s in the nearby shipyard to buy the turps ‘loose.’ I would take a medicine bottle or two and a few shillings to buy 1/2 a pint of turps, some methylated spirits or some boiled linseed. I remember the smell of the shop and my dad’s workshop with much pleasure.

 Turpentine was also called spirit of turpentine or oil of turpentine it is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin from trees, particularly pines.  It is mainly used as a solvent and it is used by artists as thinner for oil-based paintings. 

I hope next week I will be able to find a colour so I can continue my theme until the end of the alphabet

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2014 12:25 pm

    Really cool stone and I love the color Turqoise

  2. April 3, 2014 2:56 pm

    One of my favorite colors and turquoise is a combination of blue, green and white ~ Great photos and post for T ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol

  3. April 3, 2014 5:52 pm

    Hmmmm…I thought turquoise was a color, but I guess not.

  4. April 3, 2014 7:11 pm

    I love turquoise, as its associated to my native heritage and my birth month.

  5. April 3, 2014 9:22 pm

    Funny about no color with a letter T. I do love turquoise.though..I do remember Spirit of turpentine too. MB

  6. April 3, 2014 11:22 pm

    I think Turquoise is a color! It is in my mind anyway…

  7. April 4, 2014 2:01 am

    I think turquoise is a color too! I love to use it when I paint skies and water! {:-D

  8. April 5, 2014 9:40 pm

    Turquoise is a color in my book♪

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