Blue dragon watercolour painting @ by Soma

Little Stories – Little Inspirations

Blue dragon watercolour painting @ by Soma


Hi Everyone!  Unlike this peacefully sleeping dragonling, I have been a busy bee in my atelier for the last few weeks, playing with every single principle of art that I love.  Summer continues to be an indoor time for me, while The Girl and Her Cat cat continue their adventures through the distant lands of the North.



The Artist Apron



A few months ago, I asked my friend Mary if she would be willing to make an artist apron for me.  I was overjoyed when she agreed.  She also suggested that we do an exchange instead of my paying her for the apron, which was extremely generous of her.    I made her knitted mitts and hats.  I will share those another day.

She not only found the perfect shade of olive green which I requested, she also paired it with wine red and made a reversible apron for me.  She even monogrammed my name on it.  It is such an honour to wear the apron when I work in my atelier.



Refurbishing the Scroll


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I love playing my violin.  I had been looking for a violin scroll shaped hook and found one recently.  The original finish on it was abysmal.  While my husband sanded and painted it, I worked on staining the wood with my homemade black walnut stain.  Now it is ready for me to hang this beautiful apron when I leave the atelier at the end of my workday.



My Play List


With the apron and my favourite music on, I get lost in the little world that is my atelier for hours on end, playing and experimenting.  I have been making good progress.  Too many to share in one post, so I will write about them incrementally. 



Handmade sketchbooks @ by Soma


I am hand binding all of my store-bought sketchbooks, then I will add some designs on them. So much nicer than the commercial spiral bound or black vinyl bound books.


Language of the Rising Sun


Snow in Japanese Kanji @ by Soma


One thing you probably would not guess about me is that I play video games and I often listen to video game music while I work.  In recent days, playing one of the games inspired me to learn Japanese.  I have always had an interest in linguistics.  After learning a couple of modern languages and Latin, I wanted to learn something completely different.  Japanese is quite difficult, but it also has been fun so far.



Distant Pages


While I am studying the language of a distant land,  the Girl and Her Cat continue with their adventures of visiting the northern lands and collecting stories.  This set of of paintings is possibly my most favourite in this book.  I mixed inspirations from my own travels and mythology, and created new stories.

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –




The Runes


Blacksmith's knife with runes watercolour painting @ by Soma


I painted this little blacksmith’s knife after my own that I picked up in Sweden.  Mine is a plain black one, but I couldn’t help engraving the Girl’s knife.  I also made a red sheath for her so she doesn’t accidentally hurt herself.  While painting the set, I got the idea of using runes for protection.  When the dragonling charmed her knife and the sheath, the runes appeared.



Viking axe watercolour painting @ by Soma


I wanted to draw an axe of a woman, and slowly a story formed.  This one belonged to a dauntless giantess who helped protect and build.  The engraved snowdrop flowers were her ward charms.  The compass on the poll showed her the way.  The same runes from the Girl’s blade appear on the axe too.  I wonder if a dragon was involved in the making of the Shadowcaster.



A Little Dragon


Blue dragon watercolour painting @ by Soma


I love dragons is an understatement and I love this little dragonling.  He is really sweet and friendly.  Like all children, the Girl and Her Cat and the dragonling became fast friends.  If you were wondering, his mother ended up helping the Girl and Her Cat on their journey.


Here are the previous posts where I shared The Girl and Her Cat stories from Distant Pages book –

Near And Far

Curiosity And Creativity



Until next time,


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Wolf watercolour painting @ by Soma

Wandering Camera – Curiosity and Creativity

Wolf watercolour painting @ by Soma


Hi Everyone! I needed to take a break last week, so I moved Wandering Camera to this week. This month the photos are a mixed bag. I took a few photos of the lunar eclipse through a telescope. The Girl and Her Cat are continuing their adventures in the north while I continue to work in my atelier.



Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Photos @ by Soma


I had intended to use my telescope for the lunar eclipse, so I got everything set up the night before.  The forecast had also called for clear skies, so I thought I was all set.  Then the not-so-proverbial clouds rolled in the next day.  Nevertheless, we decided to spend the evening in the garden and hope for the best. 

Time went by and then, very suddenly, my husband spotted the moon.  I have been watching and photographing lunar eclipses for a while now, and this one was particularly dark.  We could barely see it.  Even a thin layer of cloud made it completely invisible.  It came out  just long enough for me to take this photo of totality, then it went into hiding behind the clouds again.  



Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Photos @ by Soma


I almost gave up hope of  seeing the exit which I find most interesting.   However,  just when the exit started, the clouds parted to reveal a crystal clear moon.    During the entry and exit phases, Earth’s Ozone layer scatters red light.  It also lets through some blue light which is otherwise filtered out by the atmosphere.  The blue band along with Earth’s shadow cast over the moon are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I am looking forward to spending a lot more time under the stars, browsing the sky with my telescope.  I love the blend of curiosity and creativity they evoke in me.


I have been keeping a very short ( no more than 5-7 items) play-list to stay focused and fulfill my curiosity.  I like calling it a play-list instead of a to-do list because I much prefer a playground over a classroom.  This certainly was at the top of that list.



Block Printing


Fairy Lanterns Northern California Yellow Wildflower Art @ by Soma


Getting acquainted with the new tools my husband got for me on a small piece before I start working on a large project.  I couldn’t pass up a chance of taking a b&w photo before starting on the large project.



Fairy Lanterns Northern California Yellow Wildflower Art @ by Soma


The large one is almost finished.  I will share more of my process and something very special next week.



Distant Pages


In the meantime The Girl and Her Cat have ventured further into the stories of the north.   This blue book of paintings was inspired by my love of all things north, specially mythology and stories.

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –




The Shepherd


Wolf watercolour painting @ by Soma


I would have loved to hear the stories of ancient voyages the shepherd is telling them, but those stories are for their ears only.


Not only did my husband and I have a week of anxiety (it’s all fine now), but lately there is also nothing but grimness everywhere.   I needed a break to curl in within my own world that only resides in my head.  I do hope these posts give you some joy.  I am looking forward to sharing more creative and curious adventures with you soon.


I look forward to seeing your photos and reading about them.


Wandering Camera art and photo linky party @ by Soma Acharya


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