I want to share with you a full burst of colour and happiness, if I may. For the moment, I have had enough of being an adult. By late last week, I was going mad with all the news everywhere. So, I decided to disappear into made-up worlds. I was searching for the ultimate escape within them.
Playing In The Rain
I tried to continue with the everyday, but found it too tiresome. I made this Lego Harry Potter quilt specially for a little extra comfort on these kinds of days. This time, I wanted to hide under it forever.
Hiding forever does not work, of course. I played with the new Lego that had arrived at my doorstep earlier that day. Lego brings to mind the thought of ultimate childhood and innocence. In the story these two characters have a special love that made me think of my cats.
We worked together quietly into late hours, listening to our favourite music. His presence cheers me up and his purr calms me, which in turn helps me concentrate.
With Artist Paintbox finished ( pattern can be found in my shop ), I worked on the red umbrella quilt pattern. Rain makes me happy. I learned the other day that I am a pluviophile. I like that there is a word for people like us. Since we are still in the midst of a long drought, I work rain into my creative world.
My husband stepped out to the local art store and got inks for me to play with.
Play with ink I did. The FW acrylic inks are gorgeous. With their help, I painted a forest full of happy trees.
I continued to sculpt and create trees over many hours while listening to an old favourite — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone read in the comforting voice of Stephen Fry. I love forests full of wonderfully old trees. In my made-up world, the forest gets splashes of beautiful rain, trees continue to grow to hide the critters from the dangers of the world, so they can continue to play in the soft, filtered sunlight and mist that comes after the rain.
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nessjibberjabberuk November 23, 2018 at 12:30
An escape to the forest whether in real life or in paint sounds like a very good idea!
Flashinscissors November 23, 2018 at 03:31
Your cat looks so happy there with that comfy blanket!
Beautiful painting, just like the woods we walked in this week!
Molly November 22, 2018 at 07:31
Cat are the best companions in my experience and more than happy with late nights
Angie November 21, 2018 at 08:02
I can imagine walking among your trees, and losing myself in that world. Thanks for a moment to “escape” – we all need that now and again, especially during the holidays!
lapaylor November 21, 2018 at 07:01
I loved the image of all the inks and brushes. I got some FW ink but haven’t used it on fabric, have you?? Tell us why you enjoyed painting with inks this time not paint?LeeAnna
Sue H November 20, 2018 at 09:49
Your painting is beautiful … very calming. I like your painting almost as much as your kitty! ;)
Dixie November 20, 2018 at 08:50
A little side-step into creativity does wonders, especially with such a wonderful dreamy companion.
FW inks are great, and they never, it seems, need to be replaced.
Lovely forest painting. The woods…a portal into another world. You hit the nail on the head with your title “Escapism.”
Such a necessary in between space…an ile of tranquility.
Su-sieee! Mac November 19, 2018 at 19:56
When the reality of today gets too outrageous, I run away to something creative, too. Far better for me to pull out the colors or research how to do new stuff than reach for a second beer or an extra smudge of ice cream. I love your painting. So ALIVE! Big hugs, Soma.
Theresa Morgan November 19, 2018 at 15:21
Oh you make me want to unbox my paints… Getting ready to sell my home in the Spring. Packing up now….
I just love your trees.❤❤❤❤❤❤
Lisa November 19, 2018 at 12:08
I know how you feel and you are so good at working your way through it.
Angela Gail Grasse November 19, 2018 at 10:26
Your words and images are lovely.
Erica November 19, 2018 at 06:53
A real pleasure to watch these photos
tanza erlambang November 19, 2018 at 04:49
Your paintings are absolutely beautiful. I love autumn colors.
have a great day
betty - NZ November 18, 2018 at 14:15
How great for Hubby to get paints for you! Your trees are absolutely gorgeous!
A ShutterBug Explores November 18, 2018 at 10:31
What a wonderful hubby to go get inks for you ~ glad you had fun creating ~ love the lego and so good for creating too!
Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Lisa | Handmade in Israel November 18, 2018 at 08:03
Your painting is gorgeous! #All Seasons
Tammie November 18, 2018 at 06:28
Your forest piece is beautiful. I so enjoy looking at it. So thoughtful of your husband to buy you art supplies.
So nice to have arts to find balance amongst the chaos of the world.
Carol November 18, 2018 at 03:13
I escape into books and I agree inocence helps hide the ugliness of reality. #allseasons
June Walker November 18, 2018 at 02:37
Beautiful red leaved tree. I love ginger cats. Art-making is a lovely way to escape…for a while.
froebelsternchen November 18, 2018 at 01:10
Thank you for your nice email Soma! It’s really a pleasure for the Art Journal Journey group to have you with us!
Nicole/DVArtist November 17, 2018 at 06:40
Very nice art. Yes getting away from it all is needed every once in a while. Glad you had time to do that.
gillena November 17, 2018 at 03:19
The happy trees are my favourite Soma
Christine November 16, 2018 at 13:29
Loving your trees, wow.
Linda K November 16, 2018 at 08:14
beautiful, happy tree painting!! I love those inks too and should use them more;) Your quilt is so lovely. Love the photo of your sweet kitty. Happy PPF!
Lady Fi November 16, 2018 at 07:41
Those trees are gorgeous!
Lisa at Greenbow November 16, 2018 at 04:14
If this is happy, I like happy. Gotta love a man that brings you inks.
Erika N November 16, 2018 at 03:10
Oh I am with you and being an adult. I want to disappear and hibernate in my safe little home haven. :) I just LOVE that beautiful idyllic scene you created. I want it to be like that right now. And what a great hubby to get you those inks. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. And it is very nice to meet you too! Hugs-Erika
Kim Sharman November 16, 2018 at 02:36
Your made up world sounds beautiful, Soma. Yes to hide from this world for just a little would be a most excellent thing.Your ink painting is beautiful. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your part of the world could get a large dose of heavy rain.
froebelsternchen November 16, 2018 at 02:16
Good to have art to clear up all this things in us! Wonderful projects! Great to see you linking to Art Journal Journey! Wishing you a very happy weekend Soma! Hugs, Susi
Clare November 15, 2018 at 23:17
Lovely projects, autumn scene is beautiful
Tracey November 15, 2018 at 22:12
A full burst of colour indeed, how I would love to see those trees up close and examine every shade. A delightful medium to work with.
A moment for oneself can be the most productive. Truly stunning.
Happy PPF Tracey xx
Sue November 15, 2018 at 21:48
Oh yes, you created some beautiful escapes! I can certainly empathise with you about wishing to get away from it all – to walk through that gorgeous glade of trees of yours would be wonderful. Your art and creativity is lovely indeed. Happy PPF! :D)
Andree G Faubert November 15, 2018 at 19:20
Hi Soma, it’s sometimes hard to get out of those funks. It’s great to have art to help us play, heal or escape. Love your forest.
Mary November 15, 2018 at 18:27
You do a great justice to those beautiful inks. Those colors scream autumn to me. Very nice.
You sent me searching for the meaning of pluviophile! I enjoy a nice rainy day or two, but feel much more invigorated with sunshine. Your red umbrella is fabulous.
The little ones here would love those legos. It is a great escape from the real world. I can see being entertained for hours playing with them.
I hope the smoke is not bothering you too much up there.
Sandra Walker November 15, 2018 at 13:18
Yep this world, well let’s be clear and honest, some of the people in control in this world really get me down too. Books help me escape too, and sewing brings me comfort as do my quilting dog Rocco, and my purring cat Bella. Purring is very therapeutic actually but I’m sure you know that. Beautiful colours; did you know your painting matches your daemon?! :-)
Sue Palmer November 15, 2018 at 12:36
Beautiful painting, I would be escaping too.
Janine @ Rainbow Hare November 15, 2018 at 12:32
I’m definitely not a pluviophile! But now I know why you like to holiday in the UK :) I do wish you would get a good lot of rain very soon, though xxx
Kim November 15, 2018 at 11:26
Beautiful ink drawing, Soma, and we’ve recently been listening to Stephen Fry read the Harry Potter series on our commute to and from work…how completely wonderful! I 100% understand the need to escape reality, if only for a while.
Kathleen November 15, 2018 at 10:12
Hello! If I had only waited a day, I would know everything was okay :o)
Happy trees . . . I was just looking at a Bob Ross coffee mug I’m planning on buying for my daughter. She just loved watching him on tv, painting his happy trees. She took art in school and was very good at it. She taped a note to her headboard (which is still in my spare room) with a quote from Bob Ross, something about there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.
BillieBee November 15, 2018 at 08:43