Hello Everyone! I want to welcome all visitors, both old and new, here at InkTorrents. This is where I have been sharing a bit of my atelier and my life. This winter break was a tough one for me, which made a longer break necessary. I do love the company of trees and mountains, so I visited a few natural places in Northern California for recovery. At other times, I had my head buried in a sketchbook. I look forward to sharing the photos and artwork with you over the next few posts.
As you know, photography is a very integral part of me. For those of you who are new here, I took one photo of my everyday surroundings per day for a year. These photos played a big part in my life, and I have been sharing them here every now and then.
Here is the next set of my Simple365 photos.
Simple 365 – Set 9
Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.
I created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365. I continue to add photos to that page as I share them here. That way I can relive the journey through the year via black and white photos like in an old album.
Every now and then I make botanical paint from things I forage from my garden.
I shared the basics of botanical ink making here.
A few years ago, I got Indigo and Coreopsis seeds for the purpose of paint making. I collect the seeds from both plants each year and save them in little seed packets. Last week I had a great time sitting on the patio, sowing them in tiny little pots. These green trays are great for a plant nursery.
Much to my surprise, I saw little seedlings emerge within just a few days. I love watching them grow and look forward to the beautiful flowers and colours they will make.
I will write up a little tutorial on how to make these cute seed packets soon, in case you want to save or share seeds from your garden.
With a very frail 19+ year-old kitty at home, we have been limiting our travels to just a couple of days at a time, mostly within California. I often spend the last afternoon of a trip drawing in a sketchbook while my husband reads.
Visiting Yosemite in winter is a must for me. I did this sketch in pencil while I was at Yosemite, didn’t have a pen with me then. I wanted to leave it as-is, but my dear husband loves inked drawings. So, later on, I used a $10 fude pen for all the lines and a white gel pen for the snow.
I look forward to showing you more drawings and telling you a bit more about this sketchbook soon.
With the advent of March, my outside time became very limited due to severe allergies. Since I couldn’t be outside enjoying the fresh air and flowers, I started sketching and then carving this block. This will join the everyday journal wildflowers collection covers. I am very excited about printing this one and making a book with it.
These are just a few things from my winter break. I have so much to share with you – ideas, tools and supplies, the makes, and of course photos from my travels.
Until next time,
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Eileen May 25, 2023 at 02:53
I missed this post, your sketches are all beautiful. Well done! Your Winter in Yosemite is a favorite.
So happy you are back! Have a great day and happy weekend ahead.
Anne May 24, 2023 at 05:14
I love the idea of 365 black and white photos, the peaches look so strange. Sending much love to your old cat, I have one that’s 16 years old.
Rain Frances May 14, 2023 at 06:10
Sending lots of hugs to you and your old little kitty! ♥ It’s so hard to see them age isn’t it? I loved all of our photos Soma. Your sketched tree is simply gorgeous! Thanks for joining in! ♥♥
Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs May 14, 2023 at 05:10
It’s so nice to see you back Soma. I hope all is well with you!
Happy belated birthday to your kitty! That’s a fabulous age.
Your work is as awesome as ever, love the trees capture on your mountain walk, so pretty. I love getting my DSLR out and going on nature walks. x
RachelSwirl May 13, 2023 at 09:38
WOW, JUST WOW! Look at that skyline in the first image – it’s stunning! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.
Peabea May 12, 2023 at 20:00
With all that you know how to do, I think you are so talented. Making the ink, the tea DIY, and wow on the carving. The daily photos are great, and for keepsakes. I look forward to your post on how to make the seed packets.
Breathtaking May 12, 2023 at 00:19
WOW! You have certainly made a great impression on me. Your botanical ink project is fascinating. and your sketches are beautiful.I like being outside too, weather permitting, always with my camera. Your black and white photos are great.
All the best.
Sarah MumofThree World May 10, 2023 at 22:52
I love your wintry sketch and what a great idea to grow your own plants to make ink!
Anne M Robinson May 10, 2023 at 12:04
Your talent shines! Wow! Beautiful artwork.
Sandee May 10, 2023 at 07:49
You’re most talented. Wow.
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Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday and rest of the week. ♥
Alison Hall May 9, 2023 at 14:24
A great post Soma! I love seeing your black and white photos, and your sketch is beautiful. I’m glad you made the most of your outside time.
Juliet (craftygreenpoet) May 9, 2023 at 11:46
I love your illustration of Yosemite! I visited Yosemite when I was on a family holiday in California when I was 9 years old!
The Joyful Quilter May 9, 2023 at 07:35
Sorry to hear that you had a tough winter and hoping you are beginning to feel better now! Your “working on too many things” photo had me chuckling, Soma. I resemble that remark. My art table/cutting table MIGHT look just like yours (all the time!)
Carol May 9, 2023 at 02:28
I’m so happy to see your post and visit you again. I’ve missed you. Your creativity always is amazing. Happy spring!
Angie May 8, 2023 at 22:03
Soma – last fall, my brother and sister-in-law gave me several Indigo seeds. I am delighted to say that a couple of them sprouted and I just put them out into the garden this week. I am excited to see how they do!!! And I have stopped collecting and spreading Coreopsis since they seem to do that quite well on their own!
Veronica Lee May 8, 2023 at 19:27
What an amazing project!
So happy to have you back, Soma.
Hugs and blessings
image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup May 8, 2023 at 14:18
Wow! You have such talent! And just the idea of using botanicals to create your own colors is stunning to me.
Thanks for sharing at
Lillian May 8, 2023 at 14:17
What an amazing sky
Debbie May 8, 2023 at 10:09
what a wonderful project…i think we have forgotten the beauty of black and white pictures!! lovely sketch of the trees!!
Catherine May 8, 2023 at 08:49
I had no idea you could grow plants to make botanical ink – how fascinating!