Storm At the High Sierra mountains


This is going to be a short one.  I have so much to share, but it is hard to write coherent posts when I am struggling to put two words together.  This year has been great at setting up hurdles for us.  Just as I thought they were over and I could focus on writing again, we were dealt a heavy blow.




A new book I had recently made…now to fill it with little cherry blossom thoughts


I created this website as an escape via creative works.  I love to share those ideas and works here in the hope of spreading that joy and inspiration.  At this moment however, I find myself incapable of finding that happiness and expressing myself in words.  I need to retract into the safe worlds that reside in my head and between pages.




One of my favourite the Girl and Her Cat paintings.  I love the comfort and warmth they provide each other.


For those of you who have recently subscribed to the posts,  my sincerest thanks.  This is not normal for me; I apologize for taking off like this.  My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been here with me for many years, through thick and thin!




Waiting for magic to happen in the forest amongst the old trees


 I will see all of you in a few months.

Until then,


P.S.  The Ink Torrents Graphics shop remains open.  I will continue to fulfill orders, as always.  I will also be available via email.  Thank you for continuing to shop from my store, enabling me to donate to rescue organizations.


38 thoughts on “Reticence

  • jeanie July 20, 2023 at 14:01

    Hello, Soma,

    You so graciously came to visit me at Marmelade Gypsy last month and I promised to visit right away — and there you have it. Behind. But I have just subscribed to your updates so I don’t miss any. I must say, the “Girl and Her Cat” series speaks to me — both because I love what you did and since I’m a girl with a cat, it’s right up my way! All good wishes to you!

  • Sallie (FullTime-Life) July 10, 2023 at 15:49

    Dear Soma, I hope things are going better for you now. I have been away from blogging for over a month and so haven’t read this until today. Thank you for sharing your sweet drawings of the girl and the cat, especially this post while you are not in the best of possible places. Thinking of you and sending best thoughts your way.

  • Nature Notes July 3, 2023 at 11:49

    I hope you feel better……You art is amazing….Michelle

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs July 2, 2023 at 12:26

    I’m so sorry to be reading this Soma. I hope easier and happier times are on the way to you. Sending love and strength and hope to see you back soon. xx

  • Lavender Dreams July 1, 2023 at 11:37

    I hope things go well and improve in the months to come. Take care and visit me whenever you want. Just take care of yourself my friend. Love your art and the trees you paint!

  • RachelSwirl July 1, 2023 at 08:57

    Your work never fails to wow me, you are so talented! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

  • Eileen July 1, 2023 at 03:03

    Hello Soma,
    I am sorry to hear you are having rough times, your blogging friends are here for you.
    I understand the need for a break! The mountains are a peaceful happy place for me. The first photo and scene is gorgeous.
    Your paintings are lovely, as always. I love the Girl and her Cat story.
    Thank you for sharing your post. Take care good care of yourself, have a great weekend. PS, I appreciate the comment on my blog.

  • Bill July 1, 2023 at 03:01

    Nothing more I can add that other have not already said but I hope you recover and look forward to your return

  • Sarah MumofThree World June 30, 2023 at 22:52

    So sorry to hear you’ve been having a tough time. I hope things improve for you soon.

  • Peabea June 28, 2023 at 09:49

    So sorry to read of whatever is making you not at your best moods, etc. I to do enjoy your beautiful paintings, and yes so soothing to the eye. Will look forward to your return. Seems we do have one foot forward and then two back or has been that way for me at times. Hugs.

  • image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup June 27, 2023 at 04:40

    I’m so sorry to hear that there is upheaval in your life. I lost my husband early last year so have some familiarity with feeling completely unmoored and unable to focus on a new normal that I would never have chosen. Prayers for your peace…

  • Veronica Lee June 26, 2023 at 19:16

    So sorry to hear that you’re going through a rough patch.
    Sending you hugs and positive thoughts.

    Your art is beautiful as always, Soma.

  • Joanne June 26, 2023 at 10:22

    So sorry to hear you are struggling! Your work is beautiful and I am so glad it gives you solace as well.

  • Nikki - Notes of Life June 26, 2023 at 05:21

    I hope all is OK. I love the mountains photo and I’m a sucker for a glass dip niib!

  • Kim Carberry June 26, 2023 at 03:55

    So sorry you have had a rough time and have been dealt another blow. Sending love and hugs.

  • Ruth June 26, 2023 at 03:26

    Soma, I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. I will be praying for you and look forward to ‘seeing’ you back again. Sending much love and warm hugs.

  • handmade by amalia June 25, 2023 at 22:49

    I hope better times are just around the corner. Sending good thoughts your way.

  • Angie June 24, 2023 at 21:19

    Soma – sorry to hear that life has dealt you a shoddy hand lately. I hope that you can find peace through your normal creative outlets. We will be here when you return!

  • Connie Griffin June 24, 2023 at 09:59

    I am so sorry to hear you are going through hard times right now, I am hoping you find peace and some break away from all that is happening with your art and creating.
    Sending hugs to you!

  • The Joyful Quilter June 23, 2023 at 16:30

    Such sweet paintings, Soma!

  • Alison Hall June 23, 2023 at 08:42

    Your art is beautiful as always Soma.
    Wishing you peace and strength to deal with those hurdles.
    Much love,

  • Linda at Texas Quilt Gal June 23, 2023 at 04:40

    I am sorry, but I understand. I love the storm photo!

  • Anne Sweet June 23, 2023 at 03:49

    So sad to hear this Soma, I hope the break helps and that you will back showing us your lovely pictures and words again real soon. In the meantime I’ll be thinking of you. Take care and do what you need to do x

  • tomthebackroadstraveller June 23, 2023 at 03:00

    …your storm image is a winner!

  • Sue June 22, 2023 at 20:37

    The first photo is beautiful, I am sorry to hear you are going thru a bad time, your readers will be here when you feel you can return. I hope you find peace in your painting.

  • Carola Bartz June 22, 2023 at 16:13

    Dear Soma, I’m sorry that you have to go through rough times again. Please take all the time you need and take good care of yourself. I hope painting will help you, immersing into a world where you feel comfortable and find some calm and peace. The photo of the storm in the High Sierra is fabulous. All the best to you.

  • gillena cox June 22, 2023 at 14:01

    some wonderful art pages and haiku.
    Happy Thursday.


  • Mary June 22, 2023 at 13:37

    I’m so sorry that you need to go through these dark days. My hope is that when the fog starts to rise you will once again find joy in your beautiful artwork and writings. Hugs.

  • Susan June 22, 2023 at 13:26

    I am so sorry you are going through another rough time. Please take care of yourself. We will still be here when you are able to post again. Keeping you in my prayers. A reply is not necessary. Just take care of yourself.

  • Kathy June 22, 2023 at 13:01

    so sorry you are in a rough time-thinking of you hugs

  • Kathleen Kingsbury June 22, 2023 at 10:26

    So sorry to hear this. A form of happiness will come. Take all the time you need.

  • Margaret Andrews June 22, 2023 at 10:04

    I have been to your site for many years and it has always brought joy to me. I love your sewing projects as well as your artwork. You are greatly appreciated for your talent…please take care of yourself and yours and come back to us when you are ready. May peace fill your heart.

  • John's Island June 22, 2023 at 09:57

    Dear Soma,
    Yesterday I published a new post, the first one for me in over a month. Also, yesterday, I was looking at my Blog Archive and noticed November and December, 2014, when I published almost every day. Since then, it has been a slow-motion trend to publishing fewer posts. The reason I mention this is, I have total empathy with you and your current situation. Reticence is a beautiful post and, yet, I am so sorry to hear about your new hurdles. One thing I can say for sure … don’t worry about those of us on this side, just be concerned with restoring peace and energy to your days. I love the new book you made and the yellow string binding is absolutely wonderful. Praying that you will find magic in the forest amongst the old trees soon!

  • Karen June 22, 2023 at 09:06

    I’m sorry to hear you are going through a bad time – look forward to seeing more of you again when you feel up to it – your new book looks wonderful

  • Terri in BC June 22, 2023 at 09:04

    My thoughts are with you – that you find peace and comfort as you tackle those hurdles. Thank you for sharing your work.

  • Carol June 22, 2023 at 05:41

    that first photo is amazing

  • Christine June 22, 2023 at 03:53

    Beautiful art

  • Erika N June 22, 2023 at 03:38

    This is still such a wonderful post even if you are having trouble putting it together. Those are great paintings. And that Sierra view is gorgeous. Happy start to summer to you. hugs-Erika

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