Fairy Tale Gingerbread House And Simple365

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Summer  is a time for me to stay indoors, clean up my workspace, get my act together and plan ahead, but always with room for spontaneity.    This year however, the planner pages remain empty.  I am finding myself increasingly wanting to work on and experiment with new materials and ideas.  That includes thinking of alternate twists on old stories.


Before I go into the story behind this painting, let me share another set of my Simple 365 photos. 


Simple 365 – Set 2

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos.



Previous Sets –

Simple 365 – Set 1


Early this year, I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  These are truly everyday photos that mostly reflect my days and my life.



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A few months back, I was sketching of a gingerbread house right at the edge of the wood. 



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Originally, the witch at the door was not part of the painting.  I was thinking of sweets and icing for the house itself.  I also enjoyed painting the wicked woods and the bramble that lay behind the house. 

I was happy with the painting, but without the witch it didn’t feel complete.  As I was drawing her, I thought: “What if she is not a horrid witch as the stories portray her, but a kind one?”



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Once someone enters the wicked woods, they never return. She is there to protect wandering children from entering the woods by luring them into the gingerbread house.  She sends the children who are truly lost home.  For the ones who have run away from bad homes, she finds a happy home. 

For me, she embodies hope.  That’s at least my version of the story and I am sticking to it!


Prints of the Fairy Tale Gingerbread House are available in my shop.  I would like to think it would make a wonderful gift for book lovers,  adults and children alike. 

Hope you liked my version of the story. I would also love to know which of the Simple 365 photos from this set you liked.


Wishing you a happy week ahead,


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45 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Gingerbread House And Simple365

  • Natasha July 30, 2020 at 22:22

    Soma love your artistic blog.
    It’s so good to meet you here. Thank you for visiting me at NatashaMusing.

    Would love to have you link up with us on #WordlessWednesday too. Here’s the link:

    We are live up till Monday.

    Have a great weekend ahead. Cheerio!

  • Kim July 26, 2020 at 22:03

    Your watercolour gingerbread house is delightful, Soma. I love it when new stories are imagined. Gorgeous photos, too, of your every day.

  • Tanza Erlambang July 24, 2020 at 11:13

    beautiful painting…love the colors

  • My Corner of the World July 22, 2020 at 22:52

    A super-cute house, I love it so much! And I am glad to hear that you are appreciating the simple things of life Too many of us take them for granted.

    It’s great to see you at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!

  • // Heidrun July 22, 2020 at 13:50

    Lovely… thank you for sharing. I love painting like this.

  • Nikki - Notes of Life July 22, 2020 at 06:22

    Loving your gingerbread house painting! I meant to get my watercolours out during lockdown, but somehow didn’t get around to it.

  • Veronica Lee July 21, 2020 at 23:11

    I enjoyed your story!

    The painting is really lovely!

  • Tammie July 21, 2020 at 19:30

    Yes, I like your version of the witch story. Wood witches are herbalists….. I think the bad form of witch rose from fear, but I really don’t know.
    Your painting is charming and your photos are interesting to see.
    They way you do summer sounds wonderful.

  • Lydia C. Lee July 21, 2020 at 14:49


  • Juniper/jesh July 21, 2020 at 10:36

    What a lovely post, Soma, which is an artist’s delight:) Love the gingerbread house. what watercolor appear do you use? I actually often make the pencil marks part of my watercolor.
    while packing, I found back a very nice watercolor palette, that I never used again in my disappointment, after my first time, when through the heat all the colors ran through each other. somehow opening it up gave me hope to use it again, and could throw away my old with cracks away. time changes things! have an adventurous week in art, Jesh

  • Susan Mann July 21, 2020 at 08:51

    That is a great tip. What light board do you use? I’d like to get back into drawing and painting again. I love your gingerbread house it is very inventive. I also love your 365 collections. The black and white is striking xx

  • Zenia Rene July 20, 2020 at 19:42

    I do like your story of The Good Hope Witch and the watercolor is super cute. My fave simple 365 photo is the first one of your workspace. oxoxo

  • Michelle July 20, 2020 at 19:40

    Such a fun, whimsical painting! I will be featuring it in this week’s Creative Compulsions. Also a very cool routine with your daily photography. Lovely photos.


  • Pat July 20, 2020 at 08:10

    This is a very charming Gingerbread house! I like that you added the witch and changed her role in your imagination–a much more pleasant story. I have young grandsons so I like your Lego figurines in the photos, which are all having an adventure of some sort!

  • Gemma July 20, 2020 at 03:02

    Wow you’re so talented. I love gingerbread houses, but I could never draw one. Yours looks so cute, and I love your use of colors xo

  • Luisella July 20, 2020 at 00:44

    Good that she is a good fairy and not a wicked witch!
    All the best!

  • Lady Fi July 20, 2020 at 00:14

    I love this painting and the story behind it.

  • Margy July 19, 2020 at 17:43

    I like the witch at the edge of the door. – Margy

  • A ShutterBug Explores July 19, 2020 at 08:46

    Beautiful artwork and divine BW photography ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  • Rain Frances July 19, 2020 at 08:44

    Hi Soma :)) I love your black and white daily photos. What a fantastic idea. I will do the same, we have to remind ourselves sometimes of the simple pleasures that are right in front of us don’t we? Very inspiring! I really like your version of the witch being a beacon of hope for lost/frightened children, you have a great creative mind! :)

  • NatureFootstep July 19, 2020 at 03:46

    I like your version on the fairytale and it is a beautiful house. :)

  • Carol July 19, 2020 at 02:13

    I like the way you re-imagined that story. A good witch sending lost children home or finding homes w/o good parents. A nice way to start my day with a smile.

  • Andrea @ From the Sol July 18, 2020 at 10:53

    You are good with watercolor and I love your suggestion. I have a light board in my closet that I never use … that could change now :) I love your version of the fairy tale … my Mother always told me as a child to “Think Positive”. I believe that is what you have done here. Good for you …

    Andrea @ Form the Sol

  • Andrée G Faubert July 18, 2020 at 06:50

    Hi Soma, I love your water colour and your version of the story much better! Take care.

  • Angie July 17, 2020 at 22:00

    Soma – nice to see a post from you again. One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my drawing is to draw lightly – you are right that it is hard to hide those deep indentations in the paper! And how wonderful that you take a positive view on the role of the “witch” – it reminds me of the Wizard of Oz – there is a good witch and bad witch, a concept Dorothy has to learn to accept!

  • riitta k July 17, 2020 at 21:17

    Lovely fairy-tale house. Wishing a sunny & creative summer days!

  • peppylady (Dora) July 17, 2020 at 19:46

    I am fan of whimsical PPF and coffee is on

  • Linda Kunsman July 17, 2020 at 09:53

    a sweet gingerbread house and story Soma. And I love your black and white photos- wonderful images and contrast of shadow and light. Happy PPF!

  • Carol S. July 17, 2020 at 08:30

    This is a beautiful version of the gingerbread house with a kind, not mean, witch. The colors are so appealing and bring a sense of calmness. Love it!

  • Dixie July 17, 2020 at 08:19

    Lovely story of the good witch. Beautifully rendered painting, Soma.
    Your black and white pictures are beautiful. I especially like the clouds and the coastal pics.
    Also the orange textures and the sketchbooks and journals—I’d love to peek inside.

  • Nicole/DVAtist July 17, 2020 at 07:30

    I would like to get away and live in your fantasy world. Have a great weekend.

  • Jean Marmo July 17, 2020 at 06:38

    This is simply delightful. Love the colors! And a perfect adaptation of the story.

  • butterfly July 17, 2020 at 04:58

    Oops, I forgot to wish you a happy PPF!

  • butterfly July 17, 2020 at 04:56

    That’s a charming illustration – straight out of a children’s storybook. That’s a great tip about the drawing and the lightbox transfer. At the moment I’m enjoying going direct to paper with my paint, but I’ll remember this for when I’m playing differently. Your photos are stunning!
    Alison x

  • Kathy July 17, 2020 at 04:54

    Beautiful watercolor painting. I am brand new to painting-thanks so much for the tip-

    1. Kathy July 17, 2020 at 04:56

      and I did love your version of the story much better

  • Kokopelli Design July 16, 2020 at 22:46

    I love “Dreaming on the Watch”! *LOL* And that gingerbread house is so cute. Happy PPF!

  • Mary July 16, 2020 at 18:10

    I like your Witch much better than the mean one! That is a wonderful piece.

    I was so happy to see your LEGO pieces in your simple photos. I know what joy you get from those. Who knew how significant these simple photos would end up being this year?

  • Sue July 16, 2020 at 15:34

    Beautiful gingerbread house, and I like your kindly witch much more that the original story. I enjoyed your photos, love the cloud piled in a heap.

  • Susan July 16, 2020 at 14:00

    I like the pencil sketch as much as I like the painting. Great photos too.

  • Kathleen Kingsbury July 16, 2020 at 12:19

    Love the story behind the house in the woods. She does look like a shy and kindly witch, peeking out from the edge of the door. Of your photos, I love Raindrops on Tulips. They are my favorite flower.

  • Christine July 16, 2020 at 07:46

    Gorgeous work as always!

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 16, 2020 at 06:21

    Your gingerbread house is beautiful, whether in color or black and white. You take awesome B & W photos, and they are perfect for Rain’s art date. Thanks for sharing.

  • Elke July 16, 2020 at 01:55

    Beautifully drawn your gingerbread house whether in colorful or in black and white! Great your BW photo collection!
    Have a happy week, Elke

  • Valerie-Jael July 16, 2020 at 01:44

    Your gingerbread house in the woods is fabulous.You often see little houses like that here in Germany, tucked away in the middle of trees, and I always think about Hänsel and Gretel. The photos are beautiful, it’s always good to remind ourselves that it’s the little things that make life worthwhile, Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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