Reticence

 

Storm At the High Sierra mountains

 

This is going to be a short one.  I have so much to share, but it is hard to write coherent posts when I am struggling to put two words together.  This year has been great at setting up hurdles for us.  Just as I thought they were over and I could focus on writing again, we were dealt a heavy blow.

 

 

 

A new book I had recently made…now to fill it with little cherry blossom thoughts

 

I created this website as an escape via creative works.  I love to share those ideas and works here in the hope of spreading that joy and inspiration.  At this moment however, I find myself incapable of finding that happiness and expressing myself in words.  I need to retract into the safe worlds that reside in my head and between pages.

 

 

 

One of my favourite the Girl and Her Cat paintings.  I love the comfort and warmth they provide each other.

 

For those of you who have recently subscribed to the posts,  my sincerest thanks.  This is not normal for me; I apologize for taking off like this.  My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been here with me for many years, through thick and thin!

 

 

 

Waiting for magic to happen in the forest amongst the old trees

 

 I will see all of you in a few months.

Until then,
-Soma

 

P.S.  The Ink Torrents Graphics shop remains open.  I will continue to fulfill orders, as always.  I will also be available via email.  Thank you for continuing to shop from my store, enabling me to donate to rescue organizations.

 

 

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Local Park in Northern California by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

Little Stories – Seedlings

Local Park at sunset in Northern California by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

Hello Everyone!  I want to welcome all visitors, both old and new, here at InkTorrents.  This is where I have been sharing a bit of my atelier and my life.   This winter break was a tough one for me, which made a longer break necessary.  I do love the company of trees and mountains, so I visited a few natural places in Northern California for recovery.   At other times, I had my head buried in a sketchbook.  I look forward to sharing the photos and artwork with you over the next few posts.

 

 

As you know, photography is a very integral part of me.  For those of you who are new here,  I took one photo of my everyday surroundings per day for a year.  These photos played a big part in my life, and I have been sharing them here every now and then.

Here is the next set of my Simple365 photos.

 

Simple 365 – Set 9

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.

 

 

I created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365.  I continue to add photos to that page as I share them here.  That way I can relive the journey through the year via black and white photos like in an old album.

 

 

Botanical ink making by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

Every now and then I make botanical paint from things I forage from my garden. 

 

Wild Child

I shared the basics of botanical ink making here.

 

 

Indigo and coreopsis seedlings by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

A few years ago, I got Indigo and Coreopsis seeds for the purpose of paint making.  I collect the seeds from both plants each year and save them in little seed packets.  Last week I had a great time sitting on the patio, sowing them in tiny little pots.  These green trays are great for a plant nursery.

 

Much to my surprise, I saw little seedlings emerge within just a few days.  I love watching them grow and look forward to the beautiful flowers and colours they will make.

 

 

Coreopsis seeds by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

I will write up a little tutorial on how to make these cute seed packets soon, in case you want to save or share seeds from your garden.

 

 

Yosemite Valley ink sketch by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

With a very frail 19+ year-old kitty at home, we have been limiting our travels to just a couple of days at a time, mostly within California.  I often spend the last afternoon of a trip drawing in a sketchbook while my husband reads. 

Visiting Yosemite in winter is a must for me.   I did this sketch in pencil while I was at Yosemite, didn’t have a pen with me then.  I wanted to leave it as-is, but my dear husband loves inked drawings. So, later on, I used a $10 fude pen for all the lines and a white gel pen for the snow.

I look forward to showing you more drawings and telling you a bit more about this sketchbook soon.

 

 

Lino carved vines by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

With the advent of March, my outside time became very limited due to severe allergies.  Since I couldn’t be outside enjoying the fresh air and flowers,  I started sketching and then carving this block.  This will join the everyday journal wildflowers collection covers.  I am very excited about printing this one and making a book with it.

 

These are just a few things from my winter break.  I have so much to share with you – ideas, tools and supplies, the makes, and of course photos from my travels.

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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