Creating Idiosyncrasies While Creating



We are making a few changes in our lives.  It’s all good news and hopefully I will be able to share more very soon.  In the meantime, I came across these photos of WIP paintings I have not shared here before.  I was experimenting with photographing cropped views of paintings.  While I shared the finished paintings before, I rather like the WIPs too, and I hope you do as well.  

I will also share a few of my habits with these photos.



Old York street light with Sennelier watercolour | Whims And Fancies


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This one is a painting of the a street light in the old city of York.  You have probably guessed by now that I love painting weathered stone structures and walls.  On these kinds of paintings, I typically draw every single stone before I start painting.  It tends to give me a lot better overview of the perspective.





Remember the Steampunk Fleur de Lis?  I love the challenge of figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work. This was my planning sketch.  I use old scrap pieces of paper for the planning phase.  I should really use a drawing sketchbook, but I like using paper that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin.



Sketchbook 2017 - Steampunk Fleur De Lis Painting Marker & Winsor Newton Ink | Whims And Fancies



Once I was satisfied with the steampunk mechanism, I drew and painted on my good sketchbook paper.





Ink and markers are my favourite quick painting tools.  The days I don’t feel like dragging out paint, brush, water, rag, etc., I fall back on markers.  Painting is quite therapeutic as is, but markers bring out the child in me.


I am a stickler for straight lines even when I am drawing rocks.  During my college years, I fell in love with my husband’s Rotring set-square and I promptly wanted one for my classes too. He obliged, and it is still my favourite tool.  Unfortunately it has since been discontinued by Rotring, so I better take care of mine!



Science Inspired Art - Sea Stacks And Star Trails | Whims And Fancies


Sea stacks and star trails


I love rain. I love to be outside when it rains, specially when it is a rain storm.  I love to hear the sound of rain on the hood of my rain jacket or on my umbrella.  If I am not outside and if I am not reading while it’s raining, I paint.  This was one of those paintings.





A lot of people draw out quick sketch with very little detail, and add those details while painting.  I really stink at that.  I like to draw in quite a lot of detail before I feel comfortable enough to add paint.  Sometimes I paint over some of the details, while other times I let the pencil marks show through the painting.



Crumbling Stone Castle Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies



Unlike the first painting, I didn’t paint it stone by stone from my drawing, but used them as a general guide. In retrospect, I didn’t need to draw that many stones.  Hopefully I will remember that next time.


I have never actively thought of developing creative idiosyncrasies, but now I realise I have formed quite a few.  Do you feel the same way too, while creating?


Until next time,


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27 thoughts on “Creating Idiosyncrasies While Creating

  • Dixie May 22, 2018 at 06:39

    These are wonderful paintings, Soma. I do so admire stone walls and old structures too.
    I love your sea stacks and star trails.
    As for creative idios, I know I have quite a few, and I, too, can get lost in detail.

  • AnnieO May 21, 2018 at 23:01

    Very impressive ! I like all the little details you draw in, and agree it helps with the perspective. My mother is painter and I have taken drawing classes, but fabric has always been my medium of choice.
    Enjoy your paper, paint, and marker time!

  • Ness May 19, 2018 at 15:01

    I loved seeing your works in progress being transformed. I hope all your changes go ahead and work out.

  • Peabea May 16, 2018 at 17:14

    Oh to be able to paint, draw, sketch. Very talented.

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  • Kay L. Davies May 16, 2018 at 10:42

    You have a wonderful talent, and it is such fun to see how you work. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Lady Fi May 15, 2018 at 20:44

    So gorgeous!

  • Rebecca Grace May 15, 2018 at 08:02

    Soma, your artwork makes my heart sing. It reminds me of the best children’s book illustrations, that transported my little girl’s imagination to far away places of unlimited possibility. Somehow a photograph can only show us what IS, but when the same view is processed by an artist’s eye and recreated in paint or ink there is so much MORE to see in the painting. I would like to see that Rotring set square, too, and learn more about how you use it.

  • Jackie May 15, 2018 at 04:34

    I have been feeling an urge to paint/draw lately but don’t know where to start!

  • Angie May 14, 2018 at 19:48

    I like the variety of tones that you use in your work … warm and cool … And if I were a painter, I would probably take the route you do, with more detail rather than less before painting. The types of creating that I do (embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting) don’t lend themselves to new processes … I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to hearing about your upcoming changes.

  • Susie May 14, 2018 at 17:06

    I love seeing how you approach your projects, your creative process , and the pictures of your WIP’s !
    Now you have me curious about your change, little Renaissance Lady!

  • Kelleyn May 14, 2018 at 06:44

    Looks like you have been very busy this week. Great job on the watercolors! Have a great week!

  • Mersad May 14, 2018 at 00:51

    Truly beautiful designs and colors. Thank you for sharing with “Through My Lens”

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  • Jesh StG May 14, 2018 at 00:00

    An excellent idea to reframe uneven-ness as idiosyncrasies in sketching and painting! That is sometimes missing in abstract painting, It’s “too” smooth:) Love you share this with All Seasons! Have an artful week, Friend!

  • Jean Marmo May 13, 2018 at 13:15

    I enjoyed your works in progress and how you complete them. I have never heard of that tool. Will have to look it up. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Anne May 13, 2018 at 00:39

    It’s so interesting seeing your work in progress and then how it turns out. I guess the habits that you pick up are the ones which give you your own unique style. I really love your attention to detail and your art work is truly beautiful.

  • Christine May 11, 2018 at 15:14

    Your work is gorgeous!

  • Linda May 11, 2018 at 13:00

    Great paintings and I like the idea of cropped and unusual photo angles.

  • BillieBee May 11, 2018 at 11:59

    I so love your watercolors. I planned on doing watercolors when I retired, but got hooked on quilting. I took a college course in watercolor. The teacher said I tried to make everything look too real and needed to loosen up. Giggle….sounds like me.

  • Beth May 11, 2018 at 11:30

    Your artwork is amazing. It fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

  • Sreeja Harikrishnan May 11, 2018 at 08:09

    Loved your work…and so good to read too!

  • Nicole/DVArtist May 11, 2018 at 05:50

    I love seeing how artists work. We are all so different. Your art is always exciting and full of color.

  • Linda K May 11, 2018 at 05:02

    gorgeous paintings ! Love seeing the WIPs as well as the finished pieces. The details are amazing. Happy PPF!

  • Sue May 11, 2018 at 00:53

    Thanks so much for sharing your processes and wips – I enjoyed reading your thoughts.
    I can certainly see your love of painting brick/stone work – they’re beautiful and full of character. Happy PPF! :D)

  • Kim Sharman May 10, 2018 at 23:31

    So interesting reading of the process and habits you have whilst you are sketching/painting, Soma and I love your WIP’s. It is always fascinating how each person creates differently. I think the street light in your York painting is still my favourite. =)

  • Mary May 10, 2018 at 17:03

    I always love seeing your work, but it was fun reading about your idiosyncrasies too. The detail in your pieces is so precise. The Fleur-de-lis was the symbol of my high school and it is also of the city of Florence, Italy.

  • Kim May 10, 2018 at 11:30

    Oh, I look forward to hearing of these lifestyle changes you’re making. Hopefully they’ll allow oodles of time for your creating and travelling.

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare May 10, 2018 at 08:22

    I enjoyed seeing these WIPs and finishes and hearing about your techniques. I’m not sure what my creative idiosyncrasies are. I will have to look out for them.

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