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,


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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.




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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!




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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!




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