Wolf watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Wandering Camera – Curiosity and Creativity

Wolf watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Hi Everyone! I needed to take a break last week, so I moved Wandering Camera to this week. This month the photos are a mixed bag. I took a few photos of the lunar eclipse through a telescope. The Girl and Her Cat are continuing their adventures in the north while I continue to work in my atelier.

 

 

Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Photos @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

I had intended to use my telescope for the lunar eclipse, so I got everything set up the night before.  The forecast had also called for clear skies, so I thought I was all set.  Then the not-so-proverbial clouds rolled in the next day.  Nevertheless, we decided to spend the evening in the garden and hope for the best. 

Time went by and then, very suddenly, my husband spotted the moon.  I have been watching and photographing lunar eclipses for a while now, and this one was particularly dark.  We could barely see it.  Even a thin layer of cloud made it completely invisible.  It came out  just long enough for me to take this photo of totality, then it went into hiding behind the clouds again.  

 

 

Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Photos @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

I almost gave up hope of  seeing the exit which I find most interesting.   However,  just when the exit started, the clouds parted to reveal a crystal clear moon.    During the entry and exit phases, Earth’s Ozone layer scatters red light.  It also lets through some blue light which is otherwise filtered out by the atmosphere.  The blue band along with Earth’s shadow cast over the moon are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I am looking forward to spending a lot more time under the stars, browsing the sky with my telescope.  I love the blend of curiosity and creativity they evoke in me.

 

I have been keeping a very short ( no more than 5-7 items) play-list to stay focused and fulfill my curiosity.  I like calling it a play-list instead of a to-do list because I much prefer a playground over a classroom.  This certainly was at the top of that list.

Finished –

  • Photograph lunar eclipse photos
  • Sow seeds for plants that I can use for dye or ink making – planted madder
  • Block print – Small one to learn new tools

New and In Progress –

  • Indigo leaves printing
  • Hand bind my sketchbooks – Made progress
  • Sew flower blocks for Garden Path quilt – 5 – No progress
  • Kitty blankets – Made progress
  • Block print carving – Made progress

 

 

Block Printing

 

Fairy Lanterns Northern California Yellow Wildflower Art @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

Getting acquainted with the new tools my husband got for me on a small piece before I start working on a large project.  I couldn’t pass up a chance of taking a b&w photo before starting on the large project.

 

 

Fairy Lanterns Northern California Yellow Wildflower Art @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

The large one is almost finished.  I will share more of my process and something very special next week.

 

 

Distant Pages

 

In the meantime The Girl and Her Cat have ventured further into the stories of the north.   This blue book of paintings was inspired by my love of all things north, specially mythology and stories.

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –

 

 

 

The Shepherd

 

Wolf watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

I would have loved to hear the stories of ancient voyages the shepherd is telling them, but those stories are for their ears only.

 

Not only did my husband and I have a week of anxiety (it’s all fine now), but lately there is also nothing but grimness everywhere.   I needed a break to curl in within my own world that only resides in my head.  I do hope these posts give you some joy.  I am looking forward to sharing more creative and curious adventures with you soon.

 

I look forward to seeing your photos and reading about them.

 

Wandering Camera art and photo linky party @ InkTorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

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A Quiet World

 

 

 

We have somewhat settled into the new place.   One of my favourites is the abundance of trees in this neighbourhood.  Towering redwoods and other trees break up the horizon line.  Much to my delight, there are quite a few deciduous trees, lately dressed in their flaming autumn colours.  The Japanese Maple right outside my new atelier has transformed itself into a Lady In Red.

 

 

 

 

After a  few foggy mornings, the day of Mercury transit dawned clear.  The Sun was still coming up from behind the trees.  I spent the morning outside, peering through the telescope with a camera attached to it and captured the tiny planet silhouetted against our home star. 

The tiny black dot that looks more like a blemish is really a planet, so small compared to the star it revolves around.   Sitting quietly and staring at a moving dot may not have been a grandiose event, but it certainly was a humbling one.

 

 

 

 

Clearing rain makes for such gorgeous skies.  I ran outside with my camera, feet barely inside my shoes, to grab a few photos before the light faded away into the night.

 

 

 

 

After a splendid show of colours, almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  Sometimes things do change rather quickly.

 

 

 

 

When rain started, unable to sit inside and miss out on the fun, I decided to rake leaves in the rain.  This walnut tree in our backyard is so high that the tree top was blurred by the wet air.

 

 

 

 

I collected a few leaves and acorns for my sketchbook.

 

 

 

 

Wondering how these will turn out when I finish.

 

 

 

Purchase Autumn Forest Walk

 

This print of my Autumn Forest Walk went to a new home!  I always get excited about shipping prints, and this is one of my favourites.  She sent me a photo of the print hanging in her home which really made my day!

 

 

 

Purchase Summer Sailing

 

A bit of cool blue decided to sneak into my life as I prepared this print for an order.

Whitby, Yorkshire. We were heading out to grab some dinner, the sky and the water were so beautiful with a band of pink in the middle.   Really love that a print of my very first oil painting has gone to a new home.

 

 

 

 

As Mother Nature lays the world to sleep so it can rest and recover, so must I also start my winter hiatus.  Piles and piles of books all around me are waiting to board the bookshelves.  While I lose myself in the world of ink, paper and paint, I wish you all a wonderful and magical holiday season.

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

See you in January!
-Soma

 

 

 

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