Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

Leaves And Butterflies

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

Hello Everyone! I have been spending a lot of time outside during the winter break, walking amongst the trees near and far and spending time with my camera. I find quite a bit solace and peace there. That in turn prompted me to work on a little project, and then to prepare something I could share with you.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

About ten years ago, I made an embroidery blanket for our kitty Charlie.   Very soon afterwards, it became one of his favourites.  Now, a decade later, it has become a bit threadbare.  During this break, I made a new one for him using the same layout and colors.  It is pretty much an exact replica of his original blanket.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

The only difference between the two is the binding.  Instead of using a blanket stitch again, I used this bramble fabric to bind this one.

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

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I also polished up the leaf drawings I had made for the blanket.  Now they are available in my shop completely free for you to download. 

They are line arts of generous size.  You can resize them to your need and use them for so many projects – scrapbooking, greeting cards, applique, and embroidery, just to name a few.  You can also choose to spend time together colouring them.  

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

these pocket journals handmade by me  are available in my shop

 

I traced the leaves in the nature journal and painted the trio.  I just love those warm colours.  I would very much like to see them made in different shades of green and yellow as new leaves.

 

 

 

Book Drive at Barnes And Noble @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

Every December, my husband and I purchase a set of books at our local Barnes and Noble book store for their yearly book drive for underprivileged children.  Hopefully these books from last December provided the little ones some much-needed escape.

 

Without going too much into my childhood, let’s just say I was glad to have the stars and books as my two constant companions growing up.  I dreamed about escaping to distant worlds whilst lying under the stars.  At other times, I dove into books to shut out the world outside, often wishing I was made of ink and paper.  They are still my escape, my world, my friends and family.

 

 

 

The Girl and Her Cat with Death watercolour painting @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

A few months ago,  I finished painting a little blue book about the Girl and Her Cat and about stories themselves.   There are some stories that are so heartbreaking, they would make Death cry.  Seems like we are living through one of those times yet again.  Sitting on his robe, the Girl and Her Cat listen to him and comfort him.

 

 

 

The Girl and Her Cat and butterflies watercolour painting @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

I flat out refuse to read a book where there is no hope.  Not every story has a happily ever after, but there is no living without hope.  After the Girl and Her Cat travelled to the end of the world to see Death, the two of them found something beautiful in the midst of the surrounding darkness.

 

When the war started, the constant thought in my head was how to get books / ebooks to the children who are so afraid and have lost their childhood.  I kept on looking daily until I came across this page on BBC.   I followed the link on Little Toller Books website and promptly donated.  You can find out more about this amazing endeavour at the links above.

 

Our cat Charlie is now dreaming on his new autumn leaves blanket, the leaves I drew from a few I found on the wayside.  Fragile things like leaves and butterflies spark simple childlike joy and hope, and become part of our art and stories.  I hope you will find the Autumn Leaves download helpful and make something beautiful with them.  We need that now more than ever.

 

See you on Wandering Camera linky party on March 31st.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  Also linking up with Meadow Mist Designs this month.

 

 

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Falling Leaves

Falling Autumn Leaves art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

The sky is free of the grey smoke and the air ash-free from the Northern California wildfires.  After weeks of being cooped up inside and eager to feel the outdoors again, we decided to go on a Sunday drive to one of our favourite local haunts looking for autumn colours.

What we found, however, was a grim sight.  Instead of trees blooming with ruby red and golden yellow leaves, we found burnt, straw-yellow leaves still clinging on to charred black trees.  There were utility trucks everywhere, taking those trees down before another incoming red alert or high fire danger last Sunday.

 

 

 

This saddened me so much that after coming back home,  I went through my photos and sketchbooks for signs of autumn.  These photos were taken a few years back before the continuous wildfires started.

 

 

Autumn Red Leaf art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

Capturing one of the leaves in my sketchbook as Autumn Red.

 

 

Autumn Yellow Maple Leaf art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

I spotted autumn colours as early as August that year.   Autumn Yellow Maple was another painting of a found leaf.

 

 

Falling Autumn Leaves art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

I love being outside in the rain.  Last year, during one such afternoon of raking leaves, I picked up a few treasures.

 

 

Falling Autumn Leaves art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

Afterwards, I promptly drew them in my sketchbook.

 

 

Falling Autumn Leaves art print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

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Falling Leaves will always be special to me, painted in my new atelier surrounded by the ones I love.

 

My wrist continues to heal, but it is still in a splint.  Thank you for being so patient with my delayed replies and visit backs.  

 

No matter what it has been like for you during the current times, I hope you are taking a little time to enjoy the outdoors.  It is a precious thing that we often take for granted.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.  They are a wonderful bunch!

 

 

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