An Artful Place

Shopping for Perfume

2014, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48”

The taxi drew up at a wonderful shop—the sort of shop I would never dare to walk through without a reason. We went in by way of the glove and stocking department, but there were things from other departments just dotted about; bottles of scent and a little glass tree with cherries on it and a piece of white branched coral on a sea-green chiffon scarf. Oh, it was an artful place—it must make people who have money want to spend it madly!

 

The pale grey carpets were as springy as moss and the air was scented; it smelled a bit like bluebells but richer, deeper.

 

“What does it smell of, exactly?” I said. And Rose said:

 

“Heaven.”

 

-Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

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