Collections From The Past

Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

As you know, early last year in February I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  Instead of colour, I deliberately chose black and white.   After 365 days, that came to an end this year.  These photos played a big part in my life and I would love to continue to share them with you here.

 

This set was taken between late April and early May.  By this time I didn’t feel like leaving the house anymore, other than one or two rare driving trips.  I spent my days in my atelier and working in the garden.  I also made tons of inks using foraged things from the garden.

 

 

Simple 365 – Set 5

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A few photos from the set stand out for me –

 

 

A gift from the past. Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Santa Ziggy –  My high school librarians were very kind to a lonely child who liked spending all her free time at the library.  They gave him to me one Christmas.  He now spends his days in my home library.

 

 

 

Yosemite - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The Yosemite mug – Sierra is my home away from home and I love to wander in those mountains.  Sipping from this mug is the perfect start to my day, specially last year when I couldn’t visit.

 

 

 

A special bear resident - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The little bear – He is a children’s hospice bear.   My husband got him for me at Derbyshire.    He sits amongst my favourite children’s books in my atelier and watches over me while I work there.

 

 

 

Four roses for my four loved ones - Simple 365 black and white photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The four roses – I took this one for four loved ones in my life.  Raindrops made it extra special.

 

 

Paintings From The Lost Pages Book

 

It was early December last year, while still continuing with the daily photos, that I realized I desperately needed another escape into my imaginary worlds.  So, I started making little books and filling them with one painting per day.   I have been sharing the paintings from the first book still, which is called Lost Pages.  Here are four more paintings from the book.

 

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The Girl And Her Cat started visiting me more in my paintings to tell me all about their little adventures.  I love seeing them and I hope you do too! 

They stopped by the Red Inn for some tea, scones with jam, and some kippers by the fireplace.   The innkeeper knows them, and always gives them a little extra TLC.

 

 

Lost Pages book of daily watercolour painting by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Lost Pages Paintings

I  created a page with paintings from my Lost Pages book.  I will add on to that page as I share more paintings from that book.

 

Black and white Simple 365 photo project by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

Simple 365 Photos

I also created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365.  I will add more photos on to that page as well, as I share them here.

Both of these pages can be found on the menu under photography and paintings.

 

These two special projects have been a beacon of  light for me.  I hope they bring you some joy and make you smile as well. 

Let me know if there is a photo or painting that especially spoke to you.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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Charlie’s Adventure

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

 

This is a story about Charlie’s adventure.  I shared this story once before when I made the quilt top.  That was so many years ago that I thought would share the story one more time, along with the finished quilt.  

Charlie is my sweet little orange kitty who, contrary to everyone’s belief, has a sweet tooth that would rival anyone.  He would do anything to get a lick of ice-cream, watermelon, sweetened cream, or anything else sweet you can think of.

 

One day, Charlie learned that on All Hallows Eve,  if he puts on a wizard’s hat and a bow tie and sits very very quietly amongst the Jack-O-Lanterns, magic leaves will come and carry him to the Land of the Seven Sisters who would give him lots and lots of sweets to eat.  So he came to me and asked if I would make him a hat and a bow tie.  I was happy to oblige.

 

 

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

 

 

As the evening approached, he donned his starry hat and bow tie, smartly walked outside, sat down in the pumpkin patch and waited very patiently.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Charlie has a very bossy sister and two very clueless brothers.  They all love to play with Charlie.  His sister specially loves Charlie and keeps a wary eye on him at all times.   Charlie excitedly told her all about his plan.  She didn’t really believe him, but she was not about to let him sit outside all alone either.  Who knew what peril would befall her brother!  She was also not going to leave the other two out of sight, because then she would have to spend the rest of the night looking for all of them if they got lost.  So the bossy sister pushed the disgruntled brothers out the door and all of them surreptitiously waited a little distance away from little Charlie as the sun sank below the horizon.

 

 

 

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

 

 

They waited and waited and waited some more.  Then, when everything had gone quiet, all the kids had gone home after their Trick-Or-Treat runs and the Jack-O-Lanterns were about to go out, they heard a rustle and a swoosh.  Suddenly they were off, all four of them, carried away on gigantic leaves!  These were no ordinary leaves, of course!  On each one of them, a different adventure awaited the little kitties.  They stayed together, hopped around and rolled from leaf to leaf, played, and had amazing fun.

 

 

 

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

 

 

All this time, while they were busy playing, the leaves carried them onward and upward to the Land of the Seven Sisters.  By the time the little kitties got there, they were exhausted.  They sat in the midst of stars and each had their favourite food to eat while watching the Jack-O-Lantern-lit Earth turning down below.  Charlie had his most favourite sweets to eat that day and nobody was going to stop him.  Slowly as the night got deeper, they fell asleep on top of each other and were carried gently and silently back down to earth, down to their soft, warm beds.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

I had a wonderful time drawing, creating the layout, and designing the patterns for Charlie’s Adventure.  I definitely had just as much fun as my little kitties.  Charlie was all right with sharing the story with all of you as long as he and his beloved Papa could have the quilt. 

Now I am really glad to have finished the quilt so that they can huddle under it together and dream of sweet things. 

 

For the most part I did wavy quilting to depict the wind that blew them all to the Land of the Seven Sisters.  I didn’t want to purchase new fabric for the binding, so I used some lime green material that I happened to have at hand.  Although I had originally had a purple binding in mind, I rather like this one.

One day I would love to illustrate this story for a book.

 

 

 

 

Charlie Cat Scaling Wall - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

As you know, Charlie does tend to come up a lot in my stories and artwork.   This is a sketch I made of him trying to climb a wall.  “Trying” being the operative word.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Last week I shared a  little story about how he was one of the helpers of the Winter Fairy.   You can read that little story here.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Charlie sat and supervised as I wrote the story.   Actually, he was trying to convince me to give him some sweet treats.  He was most disappointed when that didn’t work, “Nobody at home ever gives me anything!”  So he went off to bed to dream about his special All Hallows Eve adventure while snoozing with his pumpkin.  Supposedly the pumpkin gives him sweet dreams.

 

Although he is now 17 years old, he is still the perpetual kitten of our home and continues to make us laugh with his antics.  Also, much to his chagrin, he gets smothered in hugs and kisses all the time, despite loudly claiming that “he is a grown-up boy who should NOT be hugged and kissed”.

 

Whether you read it today for the first time, or re-read it, I do hope you enjoyed the story, even though it is out of season.

 

 

 

Next time I look forward to sharing with you my adventures into the world of natural ink making.

 

Until then,
-Soma

 

P.S.  I always get asked – the patterns are available in my shop.

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.  They are a fabulous bunch!  This month I am also joining Cheryl’s favourite finish and Em’s One Montly Goal.

 

 

 

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