Today I have quite a list of things to share with you. New finishes and projects. The revival of a linky party and news of an upcoming giveaway. Also, there’s a new place in the shop for The Girl And Her Cat. I called the very first post of this year Little Stories. It is a blend of the many things I worked on during the long winter break. I miss sharing the little things that I come across now and then and I almost always have a little story or an anecdote to go with my work. I thought I’d make Little Stories a series. So, without further ado, let me show you around.
After The Storm
Twitter Art Exhibit is an event where artists send their works to be sold for different charities each year. This year, all proceeds will go to the L_I_N_C, supporting leukaemia and other blood cancer patients and their families.
Last year I injured my right hand very badly. For a while I couldn’t even hold a pencil, let alone draw and carve for a relief print. Thankfully, they extended the deadline and I was able to finish this print. I am happy to say that it got sold within the first day of the online shop opening. That made me incredibly happy.
My hand has also mended enough for me to knit again. The background in the photo is a cardigan that I finished knitting, now waiting for a zipper. The front is a hat that I am currently knitting using wool that I purchased on our travels. Hopefully I will be able to share the finishes here soon, along with pattern links and review.
We decided not to travel this year. Since I really miss travel photography, I thought I would take this chance to go through old travel photos and share them here. Wandering Camera linky party is coming back. It not only motivates me to work on my photos, I also love seeing yours. If you follow me via email, you will get a reminder.
Even though I miss the excitement and wonder of visiting a new country, I am content with wandering in my painting books for now.
Paintings From The Lost Pages Book
Here are the last few paintings from the Lost Pages book. Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.
I finished this book on my birthday. Since I am squarely a winter girl, I thought it would be apt if The Girl And Her Cat were enjoying the aurora during an Arctic dawn.
This one is really special to me. I painted this bow and arrow imbued in dragon magic for protection and strength for an old friend who was going in for cancer surgery the next day. The Girl And Her cat brought him to safe harbour though the storm.
Lost Pages Paintings
You can see all the paintings from the Lost Pages book together at the above link. Each page of this book tells a little story.
Here is the latest stack of books I have made for painting since December of 2020. They are all named and at least one of them is an illustrated story. Most of them are about The Girl And Her Cat.
A Thank You
I really want to thank each one of you for visiting me and leaving such wonderful encouraging words, not to mention continuing to purchase from my shop. Each sale is very special to me, whether it is a quilt pattern or a an art print. The sales enable me to make donations to my favourite shelters and humane societies. I will have a special Thank You giveaway next month. Stay tuned!
Until next time,
I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.
Mary August 31, 2021 at 16:43
It’s so much fun to see your beautiful art, in so many mediums. I love your cardigan and hat. Those yarns are gorgeous. Great memories for you too. Your books are so cool too. I’m glad your hand has healed well enough to enjoy your artwork.
RachelSwirl August 7, 2021 at 11:07
Wow – just wow! You are so incredibly talented, thanks so much for linking up and for sharing your snaps with #MySundaySnapshot.
Sarah MumofThree World August 6, 2021 at 22:47
Wow, you have so much going on with your art! I love all of the Lost Pages paintings, but I especially like the one with the colourful sky.
Darren Coleshill August 6, 2021 at 07:08
Love seeing your artwork, it’s incredible.
Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto
My Corner of the World August 5, 2021 at 16:08
Your artwork is just fabulous to see and I hope you sell them all!!!
I am excited to know Wandering Camera is returning!
Thanks for sharing your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!
dee August 4, 2021 at 18:28
Lovely work from The Girl and her Cat. :)
I’m looking forward to more stories and seeing more of your paintings. They’re beautiful!!
Thank you so much for the info on dunes. I did visit one dune system in Death Valley — that was the Mesquite Dunes. I’ll keep Imperial in mind. That, next. I’m sure I’ll like that. Thank you so much for the recommendation, Soma.
Jim, Sydney, Australia August 3, 2021 at 17:35
Rain Frances August 3, 2021 at 15:28
Hi Soma :) Your “girl” paintings and stories are lovely. So happy that your hand is better. When I first got into knitting, I suddenly found out I have arthritis and I can barely knit anymore which is sad for me but I’m so happy I can draw and paint! Your sailboats are super!! :)
Lydia C. Lee August 3, 2021 at 14:33
This is gorgeous. Aren’t you talented!
Michele Morin August 3, 2021 at 05:54
So much creativity! Wow!
Tammy A August 2, 2021 at 13:26
Gorgeous artwork, all so cute and whimsical, I think my favorite would be the forest one! Beautiful work.
Sam August 2, 2021 at 11:56
Lovely art with a story to tell x #mysundayphoto
sallie rainville August 2, 2021 at 11:42
You are truly a modern Renaissance woman — so many talents; I appreciate your sharing so much.
A ShutterBug Explores August 2, 2021 at 10:54
Your artwork is wonderful ~ I love the little girl and cat the best ~ Sailboat is awesome too ~ great pages and cards ~ Xo
Living moment by moment,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Kim August 2, 2021 at 01:54
My goodness, how high your stack of beautiful handmade books is. Within the covers your magical artwork and stories live to enthrall and captivate us, your visitors. Stories of the little girl and her cat are my favourite. Love the texture of the variegated garter stitch and the cables of the hat. I am always astonished and thankful I am able to visit your beautiful and imaginative place, Soma. I am glad your hand is healing and you are able to once again create and do what you love.
Angie August 1, 2021 at 21:37
P.S. And thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!
Karen August 1, 2021 at 19:52
such lovely work – I love your cards and your knitting – thanks for stopping by my blog.
Marv and Mom August 1, 2021 at 18:45
Love your art, and that you are contributing to a terrific cause! Thanks for stopping by our blog. We will be back!
jean marmo August 1, 2021 at 15:00
That sailboat is wonderful! Love the Girl and cat series! Thank you for visiting my blog.
Kim Carberry August 1, 2021 at 08:15
Exciting times for you.
Great news about your piece selling to support the charity.
I love the Girl and Her Cat paintings. x
Carol August 1, 2021 at 03:31
Your art is beautifula nd touching. I’m glad your hand is better – It is amazing how much your produce with an injury! #mySundayPhoto
Eileen August 1, 2021 at 03:10
I am so glad your hand has healed, you can paint and knit again. Your Girl and the Cat , the books an the sailboat are all beautiful. You are very talented.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care and have a great day and a happy new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.
John Adams July 31, 2021 at 23:24
You really do have the most amazing talent. These books and illustrations are amazing and it comes through in your photography.
NatureFootstep July 31, 2021 at 15:15
Hi, I love your sailing boat. So simple and effective. :)
The paintings from Paintings From The Lost Pages Book are gorgeous. Really nice to look at.
Alison Hall July 31, 2021 at 11:39
A great post Soma! I love your paintings.
The Joyful Quilter July 31, 2021 at 10:31
Best of luck with your new card sales, Soma!
Connie Griffin July 31, 2021 at 09:56
So good to hear that you were able to heal from your hand injury and be able to still create such wonderful works of art, not only in your paintings and drawings but also knitting. Wow that stack is impressive how wonderful to have created so much, cute story idea.
Congrats on your stamp being sold so quickly it is beautiful.
Linda Calverley July 30, 2021 at 12:21
Lovely paintings and sail boat print. I’m not surprised that it sold at the exhibition. I did a card too and that also sold on the first day of the exhibition.
Linda K July 30, 2021 at 10:02
Love your sailboat print Soma, and oh my your watercolor art is so beautiful! I love the special one you did to send protection to a friend having cancer surgery.
Glad your hand is healed enough for you to be creating so many lovely things again. happy PPF!
Christine July 30, 2021 at 09:33
Nicole/DVArtist July 30, 2021 at 09:10
Wonderful art as always. I am so glad you hand is better so you and continue to create. Have a nice day.
Susan July 30, 2021 at 06:23
So happy to know your hand has healed and you can do your art work and other creative stuff.
I am dealing with a rotator cuff tear and a pinched nerve in my neck that is causing a lot of pain in my left arm. Has curtailed any music making and gardening for the time being. At least I can enjoy yours and others artistic labors.
Veronica Lee July 30, 2021 at 05:10
So glad to hear that your hand is healed.
Beautiful art as always, Soma.
Have a great weekend!
Valerie-Jael July 30, 2021 at 05:04
So much beautiful art, just fantastic. And lovely to see those little books. Glad you are bringing back the wandering camera. And glad your hand has healed. Happy PPF and have a great weekend Valerie
gillena July 30, 2021 at 04:33
Fabulous works Soma.
Have a great weekend.
Wendy K July 30, 2021 at 01:31
Fabulous art and your story paintings are lovely. The pile of books is very impressive, I love small books. So pleased your hand is better.
Luisella July 30, 2021 at 00:25
Glad to hear your hand is now completely recovered. Your cards about the Girl and her Cat are lovely.
Thanks for following my blog too.
I will join the link up willingly.
All the best!
riitta k July 29, 2021 at 22:39
The Girl and Her Cat series is adorable. The winter views would make a perfect Christmas cards. Such a great pile of these small books. Your art pleases me very much. Warm greetings.
Angie July 29, 2021 at 21:35
Soma – I don’t have much opportunity to join in other linky parties, but I am happy for you that you are bringing back Wandering Camera! Your art work is also so endearing!
Sue July 29, 2021 at 15:35
So good to read your hand is healed and you can do the things you love. The Girl and her Cat paintings are beautiful and I love your stack of books.
Lavender Dreams July 29, 2021 at 13:34
I always feel inspired when I visit you. I wrote one fairy tale while we were traveling. Sometimes a story just comes to me! Your books are delightful! Enjoy your talent and keep sharing with us! Hugs!
Janine July 29, 2021 at 12:28
I’m glad your hand is better. It’s lovely to see you here again and to and discover some of the things you’ve been painting and making. I LOVE the books and also the paintings you’ve shared. I also love that that the pictures are little stories and, of course, I love the girl and her cat! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your stories and pictures and your knitting too :)
Dixie July 29, 2021 at 10:53
Wonderful art work, Soma.
You accomplished a lot over the winter.
I love “The Girl and Her Cat” greeting cards, most especially “Wild Child,” and “Anticipation in the Forest.”
So pleased to read you will be hosting “Wandering Camera” again soon.
Pat July 29, 2021 at 10:43
Your artwork is beautiful and very whimsical and your knitting is also! I’m glad your hand healed and you are able to do this artwork again. I will check out your shop.
Tammy S Asad July 29, 2021 at 01:49
It’s wonderful to do what you love and be able to give to compassionate causes. Wishing you all the best.