Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Lost Pages And More

Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Today I have quite a list of things to share with you.  New finishes and projects.  The revival of a  linky party and news of an upcoming giveaway.  Also, there’s a new place in the shop for The Girl And Her Cat.  I called the very first post of this year Little Stories.   It is a blend of the many things I worked on during the long winter break.  I miss sharing the little things that I come across now and then and I almost always have a little story or an anecdote to go with my work.  I thought I’d make Little Stories a series.   So, without further ado, let me show you around.

 

 

After The Storm Print @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

After The Storm

 

Twitter Art Exhibit is an event where artists send their works to be sold for different charities each year.   This year, all proceeds will go to the L_I_N_C, supporting leukaemia and other blood cancer patients and their families.

Last year I injured my right hand very badly.  For a while I couldn’t even hold a pencil, let alone draw and carve for a relief print.   Thankfully, they extended the deadline and I was able to finish this print.   I am happy to say that it got sold within the first day of the online shop opening.  That made me incredibly happy.

 

 

 

Knitting WIP @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

 

My hand has also mended enough for me to knit again.  The background in the photo is a cardigan that I finished knitting, now waiting for a zipper.  The front is a hat that I am currently knitting using wool that I purchased on our travels.  Hopefully I will be able to share the finishes here soon, along with pattern links and review.

 

 

 

Wandering Camera photography and arts linky party @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

We decided not to travel this year.   Since I really miss travel photography,  I thought I would take this chance to go through old travel photos and share them here.  Wandering Camera linky party is coming back.  It not only motivates me to work on my photos, I also love seeing yours.  If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.

 

Even though I miss the excitement and wonder of visiting a new country, I am content with wandering in my painting books for now.

 

 

Paintings From The Lost Pages Book

 

Here are the last few paintings from the Lost Pages book.   Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

 

I finished this book on my birthday.  Since I am squarely a winter girl,  I thought it would be apt if  The Girl And Her Cat were enjoying the aurora during an Arctic dawn.

 

 

 

Dragon magic bow and arrow painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

This one is really special to me.  I painted this bow and arrow imbued in dragon magic for protection and strength for an old friend who was going in for cancer surgery the next day.  The Girl And Her cat brought him to safe harbour though the storm.

 

 

 

Lost Pages book of daily watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Lost Pages Paintings

 

You can see all the paintings from the Lost Pages book together at the above link.   Each page of this book tells a little story.  

 

 

 

Little sketchbooks for painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Here is the latest stack of books I have made for painting since December of 2020.  They are all named and at least one of them is an illustrated story.   Most of them are about The Girl And Her Cat.

 

 

The Girl And Her Cat

 

The Girl And Her Cat is a series of paintings about an adventurous little girl who loves to travel and wander around with her little cat.   When I created the first painting of the duo planning by the fire, I had no idea where this journey would take me. 

This is the very first set of The Girl And Her Cat cards that I have added to my shop.  

 

 

Snow Day Plans - The Girl And Her Cat planning their voyage Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

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Planning snow day adventures while staying warm by the fire.

 

 

 

Wild Child - The Girl And Her Cat are at Yorkshire Moors Malham Cove Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

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Loving the blustery early evening. They have the comfort and warmth of each other.

 

 

 

Red Inn - The Girl And Her Cat stopping by for some rest Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

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Stopping by the Red Inn for some tea, scones with jam, and some kippers by the fireplace.   The innkeeper knows them, so there’s always a little extra TLC.

 

 

 

Anticipation - The Girl And Her Cat waiting in anticipation in the forest Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

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Waiting together in the woodland forest for the fairies and druids to appear.  They packed a lunch and plan to spend the whole day there.

 

 

 

The Girl And Her Cat Art Print Greeting Card by @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

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I picked the paintings that can not only be displayed individually, but can also be a set.   I printed them on quality paper with archival ink as art print greeting cards.  So they can be send to a special person AND framed in a standard 5″ x 7″ frame.  You can find the cards here in my shop.

 

 

A Thank You

 

I really want to thank each one of you for visiting me and leaving such wonderful encouraging words, not to mention continuing to purchase from my shop.  Each sale is very special to me, whether it is a quilt pattern or a an art print.   The sales enable me to make donations to my favourite shelters and humane societies.  I will have a special Thank You giveaway next month.  Stay tuned!

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.

 

 

 

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The Girl And Her Cat sledging at the frozen lake painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories

The Girl And Her Cat - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Hi Everyone! It has been a long time since I visited here, but I needed some time off.  During my hiatus, I did my best to keep busy.  Among other things, I finished a quilt, made a print for a charitable donation, worked on bookbinding, and finished one painting daily.   The Girl And Her Cat in the picture very much led the way the last few months and I am happy that they did.

 

 

Watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

I also worked with different art supplies.  I look forward to sharing my findings with you. 

I finished my Simple365 black and white photography project as well.  I will continue to post those pictures here.

 

 

Printmaking by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

My husband often gets me art supplies for my birthdays.  This year I didn’t feel like celebrating, so I pulled out my birthday gifts from last year and made good use of them.

 

 

Printmaking by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Twitter Art Exhibit is an event where artists send their works to be auctioned off for different charities each year.  Instead of sending a painting this year, I decided to send a lino print called After The Storm.

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

I finally finished this long overdue quilt.  Hand sewing the binding over a cup of coffee is a nice way to wake up.  Now I need to take a few photos for the show-and-tell next time.

 

 

Book binding for watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Ever since I was a child, I loved making books.  I have been playing with different materials.   I decided to switch to making the cover for these little ones with fabric instead of paper.  They look so much nicer!

So far I have finished 151 little paintings in five of these books, and I just started on the sixth one.

 

 

 Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

I had an intense sense of being lost and helpless when I started painting in the first book.  The Girl And Her Cat was the very first painting, and they started to appear a bit more often.  They took me to different places, both near and far.

 

 

 Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Here are the first 16 of those little paintings.  The parchment backgrounds and the firewoods are painted with my homemade walnut ink.  

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos.

 

 

 

I will finish with a little story about the Winter Fairy and Charlie the cat with a snowflake wand.  

 

 

Winter Fairy - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

The year was really dry and there was scarcely any snow.  Not nearly enough to tuck the trees and plants under snow-blankets for their winter slumber.  Without their winter slumber, the plants and trees wouldn’t be able to rest properly, and without rest they wouldn’t be able flower in the spring.  They were distraught at the thought of not being able to provide for so many birds and insects that depend on them.  The Winter Fairy was also very worried, until an idea came to her.

 

 

Charlie's Snowflakes - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

She sent calls for help to all creatures near and far.  She gave each one a little wand.  All they would need to do is think of a pretty snowflake.  The snowflake would then appear from the end of the wand and travel to wherever it was needed. 

These creatures would need to have the disposition of a youngster.  How else would anyone think of pretty little diamond-glinting snowflakes?  During an overcast day here, I found our little 17-year-old Charlie, who is the perpetual kitten of our home, sitting by the door staring outside.  When I asked him what he was looking at, he told me of his important mission of helping the winter fairy.  I gave him lots of love and wished him much luck.  The mountains did get a good amount of rain and snow afterwards.

 

I hope you enjoyed the visit.  I am looking forward to seeing my friends and familiar “faces” here again.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.  I have joined a few new ones recently and they are a wonderful bunch!

 

 

 

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