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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Midnight Cat And Simple365

Midnight Cat print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya Children story Reading art print Fantasy print Nature art print Whims And Fancies

 

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Hi Everyone!  Let me introduce you to my Midnight Cat and a new set of Simple365 photos.   I started taking these photos in February.  This is the fourth set of 16 pictures each, so these are from late April.  This one mostly depicts me working in my atelier and in the garden when the flowers were in full bloom.

 

Simple 365 – Set 4

 

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Simple365 – These are photos of everyday little things or things that I do that remind me to be happy.

Right around that time, I got into ink-making using flowers around the garden.   That is a story for another day.   Doing that reminded me of growing up around my grandfather’s printing business.  I remember being mesmerized by the world of ink and paper, and it has remained a lifelong passion. 

 

 

 

 

When I started this website, Whims And Fancies was the perfect name as I was standing at the beginning of many paths.  Over time, I gravitated more toward my love of ink.  Recently I have been thinking of changing the name to suit my current journey.

 

So, Whims And Fancies became InkTorrents Graphics.

The web address is now www.inktorrents.com

 

However,  I have it set up so that Whims And Fancies will still be around as it is a very important part of my past. 

All the old pages will still work and my email address is going to remain the same.  If you have linked back to my site in the past, you don’t have to change anything.

Hope you like the new name, I really love it! 

 

 

Midnight Cat print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya Children story Reading art print Fantasy print Nature art print Whims And Fancies

 

 

Speaking of the past – many a year ago, while I was volunteering at the local shelter,  a battered and cranky middle-aged cat stole my heart and came home with me.  Over the next months and years, he became a confident and loving gentleman. This painting is his story.

 

 

Midnight Cat print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya Children story Reading art print Fantasy print Nature art print Whims And Fancies

 

 

Originally he was going to be farther away, along a path.  Then I thought of how observant he is and decided to do a more close-up painting focusing on his eyes.

 

 

Midnight Cat print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya Children story Reading art print Fantasy print Nature art print Whims And Fancies

 

 

The Midnight Cat loves to roam about the forest.  During his jaunts, the Moon himself gives him a blue glow and lights his path through dense green forest.

 

 

Midnight Cat print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya Children story Reading art print Fantasy print Nature art print Whims And Fancies

 

 

I didn’t think of it much then, but now it looks to me as if something has caught his attention.  I would love to explore that more.  One day.

 

If you wish to take him home too,  this calm and confident Midnight Cat is available in my shop both as an 8″ x 10″ art print and in greeting card format.

 

Thank you so much for leaving such supportive comments and making purchases from my new shop right here.

Please remember to use the  OPEN15 to get 15% off  until Sept. 02, 2020 on any purchase you make.

Thank you again and until next time,
-Soma

 
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