Wandering Camera – October Stories


Clearning Storm Sunrise Watercolour / Stormy Sky Sunrise Watercolor | Whims And Fancies



Every October, my attention gets blown around like a leaf in the wind and I continuously find myself in the midst of stories, but not necessarily stories made of words.  This Wandering Camera reflects that.

One late afternoon, with rain clouds outside my window, I was practising painting a sunrise after a clearing storm over the mountains of a distant land.  Unintentionally I tend to I create shapes in the painted clouds.  This time I painted a peacock.


Lego Harry Potter Halloween Feast | Whims And Fancies



I set up little patches of decorations everywhere that tell little stories.  I shared with you the Lego Winter Village before.  For October, I have the students back at Hogwarts.  They are getting ready for their Halloween feast. 

Wine Country Raibow And Hot Air Balloons | Whims And Fancies
One morning I found a beautiful rainbow right outside my backdoor.  I wondered what it would be like to follow one.
Solitary Rose And Ticking Clock | Whims And Fancies



I have a weakling rose plant in my garden that gives one beautiful flower every year.  This one was too heavy for the stem, so I brought it inside.  One of my cats knocked the vase over trying to eat a leaf, so I moved it to the mantelpiece where the clocks are (I collect clocks).  That in turn made me think of a story about a solitary rose and a ticking clock.

Shattered Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Earlier this month I showed the quilt block I made from my new pattern, Shattered Star.  I got the idea after seeing ice shards floating away as we admired the Esmark Glacier up close near Svalbard.  That block was about stars and nebulae
I made this block using the vibrant colours of Halloween.  The swirls in the fabric and the shards in the design make me think of the mysteries of smoke and mirrors. 
Bookshelf Of A Magician - Ink And Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies
My beloved ink-and-paper magician is brilliant, but is having trouble procuring books.  So I am building a bibliotheque for him.  Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  As soon as I bring everything to life with a bit of colour, he can have it all.
I love the romanticism of magic and fairy tales.  With the help of the autumn wind, October brings them a bit closer to me and sweeps me off my feet every time.

Charlie Cat On Harry Potter Quilt | Whims And Fancies


Charlie’s Adventure – A little Halloween story


Charlie and the rest of us wish you a Happy All Hallows Eve, whether or not you celebrate Halloween!


Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


As my monthly goal was to finish the block,  I am linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Elm Street Quilts.

I am also linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.



31 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – October Stories

  • nessjibberjabberuk November 2, 2018 at 02:28

    Last year on Halloween we took our daughter to the Harry Potter film studios. She wants the Lego set but has nowhere to put it at the moment. Love your peacock in the clouds.

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare October 31, 2018 at 14:49

    Happy Halloween, Soma. I enjoyed your stories and pictures :)

  • A ShutterBug Explores October 31, 2018 at 06:45

    lovely creative works and photos ~ favorite is that beautiful kitty so regal!

    Happy Halloween,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  • Alycia October 30, 2018 at 12:46

    They are all so beautfiul – but the cat at the end…. he needs me to curl up next to him and pet him ;-)

  • Marie-OR October 30, 2018 at 09:16

    Great photos! Love the quilt block and the ink drawing as well! Have a great week!

  • Photo Cache October 30, 2018 at 07:57

    The quilt is really nice and I love the kitty Charlie.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 28, 2018 at 04:13

    You draw SO well. I love your paintings and your photos. Sorry, but I must have misplaced the peacock. However, I am delighted you shared your beautiful art with us at Art Journal Journey.

  • Anne October 28, 2018 at 01:57

    Great photos, you are incredibly creative and I love the way your mind wanders. I can’t wait to see the finished bookcase. Charlie is one good looking cat.
    Thanks for hosting x

  • Kim Sharman October 27, 2018 at 21:41

    Oh I think every photo and hand drawn picture from your clever imagination oozes the romanticism of magic and fairy tales, Soma. I want to fly in the rainbow-filled sky in a hot air balloon, too….visiting enchanted far away lands.

  • Carol S. October 27, 2018 at 18:09

    Beautiful photos! That rose is gorgeous and so is Charlie

  • Angie October 26, 2018 at 17:25

    I find, that if we take the time, our minds lead us to these stories … if we are busy, our mind would zip right past the notion of a rose and a ticking clock. I admire your creativity of thought, and your willingness to let your mind wander … like your camera! The last shot is my favorite – orange Charlie in the sun’s ray – just glorious! Thanks for hosting, and have a great weekend!

  • Lisa October 26, 2018 at 12:56

    What a beautiful story you shared with us today along with your photos.

  • froebelsternchen October 26, 2018 at 10:16

    Fantastic photos and art! Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Joureny! Happy weekend!

  • Sirkkis October 26, 2018 at 08:15

    Wonderful post! Beautiful paintings and photos. I love Charlie! He is gorgeou. Happy PPF


  • Nicole/DVArtist October 26, 2018 at 07:22

    I enjoyed this post so much. Wonderful art and beautiful photos.

  • Christine October 26, 2018 at 06:17

    Lovely work this week!

  • Linda K October 26, 2018 at 05:23

    What a lovely post filled with beauty in art, nature, and Charlie:) Happy PPF!

  • DecorCraftDesign October 26, 2018 at 05:18

    Great photos and love your black and white ink drawing!

  • Patty October 26, 2018 at 04:42

    The block looks great! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  • Sue October 25, 2018 at 23:29

    You have so many talents and interests. I love what you found in your cloud painting. The star block is beautiful. Happy PPF!

  • Mary October 25, 2018 at 17:14

    Your Shattered Star in those colors is just fabulous.

    I’m so glad that you captured the post storm clouds. I always love the sunrises and sunsets following a storm. We don’t get clouds often enough.

    I LOVE the lighting on Charlie. That’s such a great picture.

    Your rose is beautiful in that setting. Like you, I collect clocks too. My husband complains the house sounds lie a ticking time bomb!

  • Kathi Riemer October 25, 2018 at 13:52

    I love your single rose! Another rendition of your lovely Shattered Star. Beautiful.

  • Nancy October 25, 2018 at 13:45

    Your photos are lovely and Charlie looks so handsome. I love your black and white drawing, it’s beautiful. I always look forward to your postings.

  • Sandra Walker October 25, 2018 at 12:48


    1. Sandra Walker October 25, 2018 at 12:55

      Noooo! I wrote a most thoughtful comment as I usually do, and all I’m seeing is ‘Sandra’? Maybe autofill took it out and I didn’t notice? I am having major issues with comments of late. I will try to remember what I said: I don’t see a peacock but I do see a beluga image in the top right. I just love your bibliothèque sketch, but you knew I would; I, too, love all things magic. Have you read Charles de Lint? I spy a book entitled ‘Daimon’; is that the same as a daemon, found in The Golden Compass series? I love Pantalaimon. :-) I love the sketch in b&w but I trust you to add colour exquisitely, as you always do. The final photo of Charlie is exquisite, he glows like my remote-controlled candles do! (have copied this just in case…)

  • Shasta Matova October 25, 2018 at 10:49

    How wonderful that you had a hot air balloon and the rainbow happening outside your door at the same time. So many great photographs and stories. The bibliothequeis awesome!

  • Lady Fi October 25, 2018 at 10:09

    Such lovely shots.

  • Dixie October 25, 2018 at 09:44

    A wonderful post. Follow to The Rainbows End. What a concept, Soma.
    I love all your paintings and your block.
    Gorgeous golden picture of Charlie! And, O, what fabulous light.

  • Fred October 25, 2018 at 08:55

    Love your rose and clock photo! Beautiful Shattered Star block too

  • Kate October 25, 2018 at 03:35

    You have a wonderful view from your backdoor. The rainbow with the balloon is a spectacular photograph!

  • Sue October 25, 2018 at 01:25

    Beautiful photos there, love the rainbow and the hot air balloon, Charlie looks so regal sitting there posing!! That star block is very clever, and your book drawing stunning. Another great post.

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