Sketchbook – July 2017

Sketchbook 2017 - Beach Huts Watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Beach Huts At Sunset


After a fairly rough summer, my husband and I were able to take a long holiday to recharge and finally celebrate our 25th anniversary, which was in July.  Considering it is September and I have not shared the sketchbook pages from July yet, it became an easy choice, besting all the finishes and WIP-s I amassed during that time.  I have been experimenting with different watercolours alongside markers and exploring new subject matter as well.

We have been having heatwaves, which might explain why my sketchbook is filled with cold weather paintings.  I started the July sketches with the colourful beach huts of Northumberland basking in the sunset colours by the cool water.



Sketchbook 2017 - Dance Copic Marker | Whims And Fancies




Dance is not a theme that comes easily to me, so I picked it specially to push myself a little.  I started sketching the figures and slowly it became a dream sequence.  I am not much into poetry, but there are a few poets that I like.   The words of W. B. Yeats seemed to befit this piece, so I added them with a silver pen.  I did take the liberty to change the context a little.


Sketchbook 2017 - Birch Trees In Snow Schmincke Horadam Watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Birch Trees In The Snow


I love walking in the snow.  Everything gets so quiet that you can almost hear yourself breathe.  The white birch tree grove standing tall invites me to explore a little further into the woods.


Sketchbook 2017 - Dala Horse Winsor Newton Ink Painting | Whims And Fancies


Dala Horse


This was another experimental piece.  I was going to paint a folk-art piece, but the painting had a different intention.  My Dala horse decided to take on the grunge colours instead.


Sketchbook 2017 - Bridge Daniel Smith Perylene Green Watercolour | Whims And Fancies


The Bridge


My Pride And Prejudice friends will recognise this bridge, I am sure of it. My personal addition was the Willow Tree.  Perylene Green is one of my favourite colours, and the colour was perfect for this scene. 


Sketchbook 2017 - Windmills Sennelier Watercolour | Whims And Fancies


Windmills From Sweden


When we travelled across Sweden, we came across an area dotted with windmills, relics from days gone by.  It really pleases me that they are protected and hopefully will continue to stand tall for many a year to come.


Sketchbook 2017 - Canoe Prismacolour Marker And Copic Marker | Whims And Fancies


La Belle Discordia


If I had a canoe, I imagine it would have its own mind and take me places where I dare not go.  The idea for the painting came from the canoes I saw in Lake District, England.


Previous Sketchbook Pages

June 2017


Squares Plus Grid WIP | Whims And Fancies


On the sewing side, I am continuing to finish a few WIP-s.  This mini is almost finished, only the binding needs to be stitched on.  I enjoy hand stitching the binding, so hopefully, now that things have settled down here a little, I will be able to work on it while listening to a favourite story.

I am glad to have these distractions given the current situation everywhere.  Hopefully you are able to enjoy a bit of creative time too.

Stay safe,


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26 thoughts on “Sketchbook – July 2017

  • italiafinlandia June 17, 2019 at 23:51

    the beach huts are my favourite…but all are cute!

  • Quiltdivajulie September 29, 2017 at 07:29

    Your sketches are wonderful — and so thoughtfully executed. Visiting from sew snap share.

  • Julie September 27, 2017 at 23:51

    You are very talented, I think my favourite is the birch trees in the snow. Thanks once again for linking to Sew Stitch Snap Share.

  • Ness September 23, 2017 at 13:04

    I don’t know which of your sketches is my favourite. The birch trees in the snow would make a beautiful Christmas card.

  • Patricia September 20, 2017 at 20:49

    Such beautiful artwork! Dance really spoke to me as we have overcome many challenges these past few years. Beautiful. I’m so blessed that you shared it! Lovely quilt! I love hand sewing as well! Happy stitching!

  • Kim Sharman September 20, 2017 at 05:53

    Your sketches evoke so much feeling, colour and artistry, Soma. I cannot choose a favourite as all demonstrate parts of your amazing creative spirit. Aah…..THAT bridge; a favourite scene (among many others) of one of my favourite movies. Sitting here looking at your lovely sketch I can hear and feel that glorious music. Your mini quilt is looking lovely. So happy you were able to get away and celebrate your wedding anniversary. In these terribly difficult times we need to grasp each day with both hands and live it. As always it is a delight to visit your beautifully artistic soul. =)

  • bettyl - NZ September 19, 2017 at 16:57

    These are lovely pieces–you have some real talent, at least, I think so! The birches are awesome.

  • Bonnie in VA September 19, 2017 at 15:53

    Really like your beach houses. I may use it as inspiration for a houses class I’m taking in a few weeks. Your art shows such a variety of subject and styles. Wonderful to look at.

  • A Shutterbug Explores September 19, 2017 at 13:26

    My favorite are the birch trees but they are all lovely ~ Happy Anniversary to you ~ glad you and hubby were able to get away ~ ^_^

    (A Shutterbug Explores)

  • Connie K Campbell September 19, 2017 at 06:27

    Beautiful artwork Soma, it is always so neat to see what you create. Happy belated anniversary!

  • Mascha September 18, 2017 at 22:37

    Lovely artworks, my favorites are #2 and 3. I like walking in the snow too, but I’m sad, that our summer is over before it begun in this year and I can no more swim… We had not hot days this one.
    Wow, you were in Sweden! Those windmills we have in Germany too and once I stood high on the wheel (must search the old photo!)
    Greetings from Germany

  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts September 18, 2017 at 17:21

    It’s amazing that a small painting can evoke such emotion in me. I can feel the snowflakes and the cold on the tip of my nose in those birch trees! Beautiful work.

  • Gayle September 18, 2017 at 17:09

    Beautiful sketches gorgeous colours., I like to finish my binding by hand too and I must remember to use the binding clips instead of pins next time. Thank you for sharing.

  • Carol September 18, 2017 at 13:40

    I love your blue horse

  • Jesh StG September 18, 2017 at 11:08

    Thank you for sharing your significant details about your time in Sweden with All Seasons, Soma. Hope to be able to visit Scandinavia sometime, to see its beauty! Have a beautiful week. Suspect to see the subject of these sketches in some other form in the future:) Have a wonderful week.

  • krislovesfabric September 18, 2017 at 05:42

    What a fun peek into your journal :) Love the bridge of course, I am impressed at how much you are able to evoke a feeling in just one color?! The canoe and birches are also wonderful! Happy 25, we are only on 23 this year.

  • Lady Fi September 17, 2017 at 20:29

    What wonderful paintings! Love those birch trees in the snow.

  • Wendy @ September Violets September 16, 2017 at 16:26

    It’s a treat to be allowed to look at your sketchbook Soma. You have some nice pieces there. Really like the birch trees. Good for you for going outside your comfort zone. I have been trying to get back into sketching this summer. I realize far too late that drawing is something you really have to keep in practice. Hope things go smoothly for you again soon. Take care,

  • Sandy September 16, 2017 at 13:00

    I love your little paintings, Soma. How wonderful to have them all together in a sketchbook! What a treasure to eventually pass on to your loved ones… and share with us in the meantime!

  • Jo September 16, 2017 at 09:09

    Such beautiful sketches Soma! I love the birch trees in the snow and the beach huts! Such talent. Glad you were able to get away to recharge, and I hope things are settling down for you.

  • Jesh StG September 15, 2017 at 11:30

    Am happy that sketching about the snow made you cope with the heat! Love the Dance:) Also, the colors of your quilt in your last capture are gorgeous. Nice you could take a long vacation. Do we get to see more from Sweden? Hope to see you back in a few days at All Seasons!

  • Kaja September 15, 2017 at 10:33

    It looks like you covered a lot of ground on your holiday; I hope you had fun and enjoyed the break. As always, it’s fun to see what you’ve been up to in your sketchbook.

  • Susan September 14, 2017 at 18:00

    I enjoyed the sketches. I like walking in the snow too, especially on a winter night when the stars are shining. Glad things are settling down for you. Happy belated anniversary. We celebrated our 34th this past July.

  • Mary September 14, 2017 at 17:57

    I am so glad that you were able to get away together. I know how you treasure those times. 25 years is a lot to celebrate!

    Your sketches are just fabulous. I’d have to choose the birch trees or the Swedish Windmill as my favorite. Sweden is on our bucket list since that is where my husband’s family hails from.

    The cooler weather will be here soon enough, I fear. I could go for a bit more summer, but I know I have no say in the matter. ;-(

  • Dixie September 14, 2017 at 14:14

    Glad you had a lovely holiday, Soma!
    Love your sketches, especially, the birch trees, dance, and the bridge.
    Your mini has lovely colours.

  • BillieBee September 14, 2017 at 10:27

    All your sketching is lovely, but I love the Birch trees the best. We have well over a 100 trees on our acre, but nothing this pretty. Mostly we have post oaks and blackjacks with a few lob lobbies we planted. I must not forget the Yaupon trees. I’m about the only one that loves Yaupons. They look like bushes, but if you let them grown and trim them up, the trunks are gorgeous.

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