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entering a romantic phase

I think I just entered into a romantic phase here. Yesterday was half a day off, due to a holiday day here in Switzerland. I ended up working half the day nevertheless, but the other half was mixed media, so to say: doing some research on some official stuff and doing some photoshop work on pictures and fooling around with the oil pastels, again.

Today’s picture shows you the result of the oil pastel work, sort of finished, unfinished, I do not know. Done without a reference, starting somewhere and ending up somewhere else, kind of following the flow. I sent it to a friend and she said “are we entering into some sort of a romantic phase?” And I said yes, sort of, and started wondering whether my perfume trials might that way, too.

But then, this this morning, I felt how the romantic phase came to an abrupt stop.

Which may be a good thing actually. Time to move on and come back with some realism in my creative ventures.

How to stop a romantic phase? Very simple:  Within 5 minutes, after the first coffee, I started reading diagonally the EU Cosmetics regulation  No 1223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30  November 2009 on cosmetic products, and you can do so, too. Here’s the link. Actually, I recommend getting a whiff of it. Texts like these exist, probably, world wide. They are amazing. Some 150 pages. With phrases like (citing here):
” Since the objective of this Regulation, namely the achievement of the internal market and a high level of protection of human health through the compliance of cosmetic products with the requirements laid down in this Regulation, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale of the action, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty….”.


Maybe we’ll better go back to romanticism. So I wonder: What are romantic perfume notes? Vanilla and amber come to mind.