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

 

 

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An Unexpected Journey

Mini Book Paintings - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Dated April 11, 2021 –

I have gotten a few emails from friends and readers about my well-being.  I have of course written to them personally, but I thought I would leave a note here too.  I am taking some personal time off, and I am hoping to be back by early May at the latest.  I am keeping busy in my studio and will have plenty to share when I return.

 

The InkTorrents Graphics shop remains open.  You can purchase cards and prints, I will continue to mail them within a couple of days of receiving the order, as always.  You can also purchase  quilting patterns, which you can access immediately via Instant Download.  Thank you for continuing to shop from my store.

 


 

Not sure where to begin today, so I will just start and hopefully the right words will find me as I write.   I created this space earlier this decade as an escape, and since then it has taken on a life of its own.  As not only the year but also the decade near their end, I want to mark it here while I try to find my way out.

 

 

Cat and Butterfly Metamorphosis Painting - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Metamorphosis – Making a special print

 

Early this year, even before the world around us started falling apart, part of my world changed forever.   I started a photography project of taking one picture everyday of something that reminds me to be happy,  hoping it would give me a sense of direction, not knowing where the year would take us.

 

 

Midnight Cat Painting - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Midnight Cat – Another special print

 

As I started to pick up some of the pieces of my past life via painting and photography, another blow hit.  Never have I felt so desperately helpless in my life as I did last month. 

 

 

 

Meandering Thoughts And Stitches

 

That brought me back to where my year started, spending the days in a haze, pondering about existentialism and feeling completely lost at the moment.

 

 

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Mountains - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

By the frozen lake at end of the day – my favourite time

 

My husband and I decided to go to the mountains for a couple of days.  We were listening to an Agatha Christie audiobook which made me think of the encounters we have in our lives.  Sometimes they are fleeting but memorable accounts, and sometimes they are long-lasting.   We never know how long each encounter will last, so we try to make the best of the time we have with each other. 

 

 

Dragon Knowledge Drawing - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

Friendship in unlikely places

 

I am very happy to have made a few very special friends here.  We live in different cities or even countries, have not met in person and we don’t even know what each one of us looks like.

 

 

Charlie Cat Scaling Wall - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

Yet, that seems to never matter really, specially when one of us is scaling the wall with a little difficulty!

 

 

Mini Book Paintings - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

I made this 2 inch x 3 inch miniature book using watercolour paper.  I will be making multiples of these mini books and will fill each page with one little painting per day.

 

 

Mini Book Paintings - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

The first painting is of myself with my little cat who adores winter just as much as I do.  Staying warm by the cosy fire, we are happy to be with each other.  A lot of the times, this is what we all need.

 

I will be going on my usual winter hiatus.  This holiday season will not be the same without our loved ones close by, but I wish you  safe and healthy holidays.

 

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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