Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire And Autumn Sale

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

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Over the last few years, while travelling in Europe during autumn, I have come to love a few landscape features.  Living in a country where hay bales are mostly of plain square shape and stacked up high on top of each other, I am always on the lookout for the round ones when driving through the European countryside.

 

 

 

During our last road trip through Scotland, I took a few reference photos of hay bales for painting.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Aside from the round shape of the hay bales, I also love the shadows they cast, as well as the tracks and grooves in the fields.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

After coming back home,  I started drawing one of the landscapes from Aberdeenshire featuring hay bales on the fields.  Once I was happy with the composition, I got to painting.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

I chose oil to paint the landscape. 

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

I love impressionist/post-impressionist style oil painting, Monet and Van Gogh being my favourites.  I painted the field in that style using  similar small, soft brush strokes, which I find very calming.

 

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

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I had a marvelous time painting the warm, rich colours of hay bales against the woods and the deep blue sky with floating clouds from one of my favourite places in the world.

 

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire is now available in my shop as prints and cards.

 

Autumn Sale

 

As October is my favourite month,  I have a sale running until Oct. 31st –

Use coupon code Autumn10 for 10% off on orders of $10 and up

Use coupon code Autumn15 for 15% off on orders of $15 and up

Please feel free to browse shop and let me know if you need anything.  Free US shipping and I ship internationally too.

 

A little note – My right hand is currently in a splint to heal a wrist fracture, so I am unable to type at my usual speed.  Please allow me a little extra time for replies.

 

Whilst I am at home, I am taking this opportunity to go on virtual journeys through my travel photos and paintings.  Hope you enjoyed them too.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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Silver Lining

 Tafoni Salt Point Sonoma Coastline by Soma Acharya inktorrents.com

 

We were going to go on a secluded, completely self-sustained and therefore safe cabin adventure in the Sierra mountains for a few days. A couple of days before our departure, the National Forest Service had to close down all the areas under its jurisdiction due to the continuous massive wildfires raging in and around the state of California.  Not only was our cabin located in one of those areas, the air quality there had become acutely hazardous and remains that way even today.

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be put off and eager to see my beautiful state again after months of being at home, I spent the next 12+ hours poring over maps, books and websites, trying in vain to find another safe venue.  Eventually, instead of forcing the matter, I decided to stay home and turn my attention to areas that are closer by for one or two day trips.

 

 

 

Tafoni Salt Point Sonoma Coastline by Soma Acharya inktorrents.com

 

 

The very next morning, we woke up to an eerie orange sky from another large wildfire north of us.  The wind flow kept the ash in the upper atmosphere.  That kept the air quality moderate enough for us to be outside for limited amounts of time.  My husband and I drove out to the coast toward a place we had not been to before, in search of a rock formation called Tafoni.

 

 

 Tafoni Salt Point Sonoma Coastline by Soma Acharya inktorrents.com

 

 

We drove through coastal mountains covered in low marine fog, while the treetops peeked over the haze.  The orange haze, however, was a constant reminder of the acrid air outside.

 

 

 

 

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With the sun lost above the ash-laden sky, light was failing fast, even though we were nowhere near the time of sunset.   When we got there, I decided to look for Tafoni close by instead of walking out on a trail.  Fortunately, I readily found a cliff face very close by, after just a couple of minutes of walking. 

 

 

 

Tafoni Salt Point Sonoma Coastline by Soma Acharya inktorrents.com

 

 

Despite the murky sky, the area was beautiful, framed by the crashing waves on one side and nature’s artwork of Tafoni on the other.  Listening to the ocean had a wonderful healing effect on the mind.  As it was getting dark and I started developing a headache as air quality worsened, we had to pull ourselves away for the journey back home.

 

 

 

 

Storyboarding my most favourite Middle Earth lore for a minibook

 

 

We did manage to go on one more very tiny outing close to our home before it became really bad outside.  So I stayed at home and travelled though playing in my sketchbook during the rest of our time off.

 

You know how much I love the Sierra mountains, and I have always gone there for comfort.  This year I needed to be there more than ever, but I felt very lucky to have been able to visit this beautiful place close to home.  I hope to go back there soon and venture onto more trails.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 
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